SCHUMACHER'S SPEED RECORD PACES FIVE GOODYEAR WINS KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (May 22, 2005) -- Tony Schumacher recorded the fastest speed in drag racing history as he highlighted five Goodyear-shod cars that took victory in...
SCHUMACHER'S SPEED RECORD PACES FIVE GOODYEAR WINS
KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (May 22, 2005) -- Tony Schumacher recorded the fastest speed in drag racing history as he highlighted five Goodyear-shod cars that took victory in the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway.
Schumacher piloted his Top Fuel dragster as it rocketed to a speed of 336.15 mph in the final round, knocking off Doug Kalitta.
The other four drivers to win on Goodyear tires at National Trail were John Force (in Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), Robert Bailey (Competition Eliminator) and Matthew Albright (Super Street). The day at National Trail brought Goodyear's industry-leading victory total to 42 in NHRA national competition. That figure is better than all other tiremakers combined.
"The performance of our Goodyear Eagle Dragway Specials was excellent," said Carolyn Ashbee, sales and marketing manager, drag racing. "We won five classes and that's more than all other tiremakers combined."
Schumacher was not the only driver to set a record on Goodyear tires at National Trail. Whit Bazemore set a track elapsed time mark in Funny Car (4.762 seconds), Warren Johnson set a track elapsed time record for Pro Stock cars (6.749 seconds) and Mike Edwards recorded a track speed record in Pro Stock (204.85).
Schumacher's victory was his third of 2005 and brought him to within 43 points of the lead in the Top Fuel standings. Kalitta is the points leader.
"When you're in the middle of the run, the speed doesn't matter at all," Schumacher said. "It's just winning right now. When you're racing against the points leader, it's a 40-point swing."
It was the 24th victory of Schumacher's career and his second at National Trail. The victory came 34 years after Don Schumacher, Tony's father, won an NHRA race at National Trail.
Force beat Gary Scelzi in the final round, the 117th time Force has won in Funny Car. Force is the Funny Car points leader, Scelzi is second.
"When you beat (Scelzi), that's when you feel you've accomplished something," Force said.
Anderson's victory was his second straight and his fourth straight win at National Trail. He beat points leader Warren Johnson in the second round and now sits second to Johnson in the standings.
"It just seems like everytime one of my sponsors sponsors a race, I just seem to run well," Anderson said. "If I don't win, I have a good showing."
Anderson is the two-time defending Pro Stock champion, but got off to a sluggish start to the 2005 season.
"This is the first race, really all year, that we've ran well," Anderson said. "We had great performance all day, we were better every round."
Bailey, of Wabash, Ind., collected his sixth victory in NHRA national event competition. He beat Vinny Barone in the final round. The four cars in the semi-finals all used Goodyear tires.
Albright, of Clyde, Ohio, won for the first time in NHRA national competition. His car performed so well that his time in the semi-final round exactly hit his dial-in target, 10.90 seconds.