Baytown: Goodyear Racing final summary

GOODYEAR-SHOD CARS WIN FIVE TIMES IN RAIN PLAGUED NHRA RACE BAYTOWN, Texas -- Ron Capps led the way as five cars racing on Goodyear tires won their categories at the end of a rain-soaked O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals drag race for the ...

GOODYEAR-SHOD CARS WIN FIVE TIMES IN RAIN PLAGUED NHRA RACE

BAYTOWN, Texas -- Ron Capps led the way as five cars racing on Goodyear tires won their categories at the end of a rain-soaked O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals drag race for the POWERade Drag Racing Series at Houston Raceway Park.

Capps won in the Funny Car category.

It was the first race for the NHRA competitors since the death of Funny Car racer Eric Medlen, who crashed during a practice run 13 days earlier.

"I'm going to send the trophy to Eric's dad and buy another one and send it to his mom," Capps said.

The rain that drenched the facility Saturday forced the organizers to postpone some sportsman racing until the following weekend. As a result, eight categories produced a final round Sunday. Goodyear's season total of 19 victories in national NHRA competition so far this season leads all tiremakers.

The drivers that won on Goodyear rubber included Capps, J.R. Todd (in Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock), Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Brian Hough (Top Alcohol Funny Car).

In addition, Scott Cannon advanced to the final round in Pro Mod competition and there were two Goodyear-equipped cars in the semi-final round of Competition Eliminator. The last two rounds of Competition Eliminator will be finished the weekend of April 6-7.

Hough collected his third victory in national competition. He gave much of the credit for the win to his Goodyear tires. Hough said, "We ran five passes between 5.60 (seconds) and 5.63. That's some consistency. These tires are consistent."

Carolyn Ashbee, Goodyear's sales and marketing manager for drag racing, noted that Goodyear-shod cars won both the Alcohol classes, filled all four of the semi-final spots in the TAD field and 22 of the 35 starting spots in the two Alcohol categories.

"Our car counts in the two Alcohol classes continue to look very good," Ashbee said.

The washout of the second day of qualifying and the rain-delayed start of Sunday's eliminations made it difficult for the teams to prepare their cars. Line said his team had to rework several things.

"There were a lot of things we did differently," Line said. "(His crew) changed a bunch of stuff."

Line set a track record for speed in the Pro Stock category in Friday's qualifying rounds (208.59 mph) and Jeg Coughlin set a track elapsed time record (6.649 seconds) on the same day.

Whit Bazemore was the fastest qualifier in Top Fuel and Cruz Pedregon was the fastest in Funny Car.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Jason Line , Bill Reichert , Eric Medlen