RECORDS FALL TO NHRA DRIVERS USING GOODYEAR TIRES BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 30, 2006) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires set track records in three professional categories and won four times in the O'Reilly NHRA...
RECORDS FALL TO NHRA DRIVERS USING GOODYEAR TIRES
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 30, 2006) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires set track records in three professional categories and won four times in the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Goodyear's total led all tiremakers.
Track records fell in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. Goodyear-shod cars won in those three classes as well as in Pro Mod. The victory total brings Goodyear's industry-leading season win total to 31.
The official track records set during the event came in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. An unofficial record fell to Jay Payne's Goodyear-equipped Pro Mod car, which became the first in the category to reach 660 feet in less than four seconds. Payne hit the half-track mark in 3.999 seconds.
Payne achieved his half-track mark during his final round victory over Joey Martin.
Doug Kalitta set a track record during his final round run in Top Fuel, when he beat Rod Fuller. Kalitta's speed, 331.53 mph, was the fastest run ever at that facility in his category. The final round was the first of the season without points leader Melanie Troxel. Troxel was knocked out during the elimination rounds after becoming the seventh woman in NHRA history to be the number one qualifier in a professional category.
Ron Capps grabbed his third victory of the 2006 season in Funny Car, when he beat John Force in the final. The victory was the 20th of Capps' career and his third of this season. Force's teammate, Eric Medlen, lowered the track elapsed time record to 4.755 seconds during qualifying.
Jason Line beat teammate Greg Anderson in the final round of Pro Stock and became the sixth winner in six events this season. It was the ninth victory of Line's career. Earlier in the event, Line set a new elapsed time mark for the category (6.708 seconds) and Mike Edwards established a new speed record for the category (205.19 mph).
More information on Goodyear's racing efforts is available at www.racegoodyear.com. More information on the NHRA is available at www.nhra.com.