NWS: Goodyear Racing news 2001-10-03

** National Hot Rod Association: Cool temperatures, a fast track and speedy Goodyear tires all came together to make the NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. one of the fastest events in NHRA history. The race included the lowest ...

** National Hot Rod Association: Cool temperatures, a fast track and speedy Goodyear tires all came together to make the NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. one of the fastest events in NHRA history. The race included the lowest elapsed time in Funny Car and Federal Mogul Dragster history and the fastest fields in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck history.

Whit Bazemore blazed his way into the books with a 4.750-second Funny Car run. He won the class, beating John Force in the final.

Goodyear driver Keith Stark set the Federal Mogul Dragster record with an elapsed time of 5.302 seconds. He also won his class.

Kenny Bernstein took a 14-point lead over Larry Dixon in the Top Fuel standings when he beat Darrell Russell in the final. Bernstein used the newest Goodyear drive tire, the D-1430, in the second round of qualifying and qualified second.

Warren Johnson beat Darrell Alderman in the Pro Stock final and Taylor Lastor beat Greg Stanfield to win the final round in Pro Stock Truck.

Mike Saye used Goodyear tires to win in Competition Eliminator and Jarod Bowman won his first national event when he used Goodyears to win in Super Gas.

** USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series: Southern Division driver Shane Huffman won the Charlie Campbell Memorial Hooters 250 at Jennerstown Speedway. It was the fourth victory of the year for Huffman.

Goodyear is the sole tire supplier for this Series. The Charlie Campbell Memorial Hooters 250 is part of a post-season series of races which will determine the overall Series champion.

Derrick Kelley finished second, followed by Brian Vickers, Jeff Agnew and Jay Fogleman. Huffman's margin of victory was 1.1 second.

Huffman leads the post-season standings with a 295-294 lead over Bobby Gill. Mardy Lindley is third with 288.

** Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring: Kevin Hamlin won both the Northwest Racing Enterprises 150 at Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval and the Series championship. The victory was Hamlin's fourth of the 2001 campaign and the Series championship is his first.

Goodyear is the sole tire supplier for the Series.

Garrett Evans won the Bud Pole Award, averaging 70.950 mph. Evans, the 2000 champion, eventually finished third in the race.

In the race, Pete Harding finished second by a narrow margin of just .451 of a second. Evans was third, Shane Biles took fourth and Joe Benedetti finished fifth.

In the championship standings, Hamlin finished with 2,126 points. Benedetti finished second with 1,990. Harding was third with 1,926.

** Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring: Cam Strader won the Series race at Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville, NC.

Strader averaged 53.269 mph over the course of the race, edging runner-up Jake Hobgood by just one second. Hobgood had won the Bud Pole Award with a qualifying run of 88.506 mph.

For a time, Shane Hmiel was the dominant force of the race, leading 140 laps. But when Hmiel's car ran out of gas, Strader took the lead.

Robert Huffman finished third, Scott Weaver was fourth and Justin Hobgood took fifth.

** CASCAR Castrol Super Series: Peter Gibbons won The Great Canadian Race at Delaware Speedway in London, Ontario and Don Thomson his first Series championship.

Goodyear is the sole tire supplier for the Series.

Thomson tried to bring home the championship with winning style and was leading on lap 214 of the 300-lap event. But a mechanical problem slowed Thomson's car and he eventually finished 24th.

Gibbons eventually won the race, beating runner-up D.J. Kennington by just .745 of a second. Scott Steckly finished third, Mark Dilley took fourth and Robbie Thompson was fifth.

** World of Outlaws: Goodyear driver Tim Shaffer won the Preliminary Feature in the 39th Annual Williams Grove National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. It was the first Preliminary Feature victory of the season for Shaffer.

Once a regular at Williams Grove, Shaffer also finished sixth the next night in the A Feature. Donny Schatz, another Goodyear racer, finished third in the A Main.

** Florida Sprint Car Association: (Goodyear Eagle Racing Series): Otto Scrape won the 20-lap feature race.

Scrape continues to lead the championship standings. He leads second-place Scott Boyles 554-526.

Lee Scrape, Otto's son, was second in the race. George Pedrick finished third, Mike Love was fourth and Boyles took fifth.

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Series NASCAR , NASCAR Canada , NHRA , Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Larry Dixon , Darrell Alderman , Kenny Bernstein , Warren Johnson , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Tim Shaffer , Shane Hmiel , Cam Strader , Donny Schatz , Greg Stanfield , Peter Gibbons , D.J. Kennington , Mark Dilley , Scott Steckly , Brian Vickers , Robert Huffman , Kevin Hamlin , Shane Huffman , Jeff Agnew
Teams Williams