** National Hot Rod Association: Three records fell during a weekend of stunning speed in the Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. and Goodyear tires played a role in all three. Goodyear teams collected seven ...
** National Hot Rod Association: Three records fell during a weekend of stunning speed in the Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. and Goodyear tires played a role in all three.
Goodyear teams collected seven victories in the 11 classes the tire maker competed in, bringing the season's total to an industry-leading 61 wins.
Kenny Bernstein set a new elapsed time record for the Top Fuel Division, completing a pass in just 4.477 seconds during qualifying.
The record came on a new Goodyear tire, the D1430. The new offering is a newly designed tire, using a proven compound. The D1430 is a half-inch wider than its predecessor, the D1230, which is still in use.
"The new tire is better suited to the increased speeds the Top Fuel cars are producing now," said Perry Bell, Goodyear Operations Manager, Drag Racing.
The Top Fuel Division also added a top speed record to the weekend's accomplishments and this time, Dunn did it. Mike Dunn blasted his way to a pass clocked at 330.55 mph.
John Force set a new Funny Car elapsed time record when he zipped down the track in just 4.763 seconds.
Bernstein, unlike the other record-setters, made it to the final round and won it. He beat Gary Scelzi to take his 57th career victory, winning for the second time in Chicago.
Del Worsham beat Force in the Funny Car final. Mike Edwards won the Pro Stock final, winning for the first time since his 1999 victory in Memphis. Scott Perin took his first national final to win in Pro Stock Truck.
Brandon Bernstein, Kenny's son, won the Federal Mogul Dragster final, his third victory of the season. The younger Bernstein said, "I'm so glad we raced our final before Dad raced in his. It was the other way around in Vegas and I was feeling the pressure, believe me. This time I put it all on Dad."
Bob Newberry defeated Cy Chesterman to win the Federal Mogul Funny Car title and Robert Bailey beat Charlie Westcott to win the Competition Eliminator final.
** Pennzoil World of Outlaws: Team Goodyear collected two more WoO wins as Donny Schatz and Stevie Smith tasted the fruits of victory.
Smith won for the fifth time at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, NY. It was the 58th win of Smith's career and his first this season. He beat second-place finisher Mark Kinser by just .8 of a second.
"This Maxim chassis and RPM engine were great tonight and, of course, the Goodyear tires got the job done," Smith said.
Schatz posted a flag-to-flag win at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, NY, edging fellow Goodyear driver Daryn Pittman at the finish. Schatz, the 1997 Rookie of the Year, has become one of the hottest drivers on the circuit.
** Florida Sprint Car Association Goodyear Eagle Racing Series: Scott Boyles started eighth, but he was able to weave his way through the field to win the race at Jax Speedways.
Terry Schaffer finished second, Bob Hughes was third, Jeff Olkowski took fourth and Tighe Schloss was fifth.
** Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring: Series point-leader M.K. Kanke padded his lead by winning the Coors Light 125 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.
The victory was Kanke's third this season. He leads Craig Raudman 995-843 in the championship standings.
Greg Pursley finished second, Nick Joanides was third, Bob Lyon took fourth and Craig Raudman came home fifth.
Raudman won the Bud Pole Award for the fifth consecutive race, breaking the Series record set by Lance Hooper in 1995. Raudman's speed was 99.157 mph.
** Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring: Ron Eaton led the final 113 laps on his way to victory in the Frank's Chevrolet 125 at Yakima Speedway in Yakima, Wash. The victory was Eaton's second this season.
Eaton took the lead from Pete Harding to lead lap 13, then stayed ahead while others raced behind him. Joe Benedetti finished second, half a second behind the winner. Kevin Hamlin was third, Harding finished fourth and Mel Shenyer was fifth.
Bryan Wiener won the Bud Pole Award with a lap averaging 97.587 mph around the half-mile facility.
Eaton extended his Series record as the oldest driver to win a RBNWS event and extended his lead in the Series standings. He now leads Hamlin 685-642. Eaton, who was born Aug. 11, 1943, was the oldest champion in Series history when he won the title in 1995.
** Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring: Roger Sawyer proved an old racing axiom by winning the Old Milwaukee 150 at Louisville Motor Speedway. Sawyer led only one lap, the final one, on his way to victory. He averaged 63.152 mph.
Jake Hobgood finished second, just .131 of a second behind the winner. Shane Hmiel was third, Joey Miller finished fourth and Cam Strader took fifth.
Hmiel won the Bud Pole Award, averaging 103.812 mph on his best qualifying lap.
Strader leads the standings with 872 points. Sawyer is second with 773.
** USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series: Sean Studer led the first 110 laps, then led the final 54 on his way to winning the Naturally Fresh Dressings 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
Mardy Lindley finished second, just .87 of a second behind the winner. Jeff Agnew was third, Jason Jarvis finished fourth and Bill Plemons Jr. took fifth.
The Northern Division event left Lindley with the points lead. He has a 555-513 advantage over Plemons.