GOODYEAR-EQUIPPED TEAMS EXPAND TIREMAKER'S LEAD IN NHRA BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15, 2005) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires six of 10 classes in the National Hot Rod Association's Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd ...
GOODYEAR-EQUIPPED TEAMS EXPAND TIREMAKER'S LEAD IN NHRA
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15, 2005) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires six of 10 classes in the National Hot Rod Association's Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. It marked the eighth time in 2005 that Goodyear-equipped teams have won six or more classes in NHRA national competition.
The Goodyear-shod winners won in three Lucas Oil Sportsman classes and three NHRA Powerade professional classes. The sportsman wins came in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Competition Eliminator. The professional wins came in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock.
Goodyear's sweep of the Alcohol classes was the third of the season. No other tiremaker has swept the classes more than once this year. Cars racing on Goodyear rubber have won 13 final rounds in Alcohol competition this season, the best in the tire industry.
Steve Torrence won in Top Alcohol Dragster and Bob Newberry won in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Bo Butner's victory in Competition Eliminator gave Goodyear six national event wins in the class. That figure is also an industry best.
Doug Kalitta beat Larry Dixon in the final round of Top Fuel. It was Kalitta's second straight win, his fifth of the season and the 24th of his career. Tony Schumacher recorded the fastest speed in drag racing history when he was clocked at 337.58 mph during a qualification round. Under NHRA rules, the pass does not count as a world record because Schumacher did not make another pass close enough to the record to back it up.
Eric Medlin beat John Force in the finals of Funny Car. Medlin drives for Force.
Kurt Johnson beat Greg Stanfield in the Pro Stock finals.
All together, Goodyear has 85 wins in national NHRA competition this season. That figure leads all other tiremakers combined.