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Goodyear's New D2300 Drag Racing Tire Successful in Debut MORRISON, Colo. (July 18, 2004) -- Scott Kalitta won in Top Fuel and Phil Burkart Jr. won in Funny Car as Goodyear's D2300 rear drive tire made its debut in those classes during the NHRA...

Goodyear's New D2300 Drag Racing Tire Successful in Debut

MORRISON, Colo. (July 18, 2004) -- Scott Kalitta won in Top Fuel and Phil Burkart Jr. won in Funny Car as Goodyear's D2300 rear drive tire made its debut in those classes during the NHRA Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Kalitta and Burkart were among the five class winners using Goodyear tires. Greg Anderson won in Pro Stock, James Kunkel won in Super Stock and Dean Carter won in Competition Eliminator. Goodyear-shod teams collected more final round wins than any tiremaker during the event.

Kalitta beat Tony Schumacher in the Top Fuel final and Burkart beat Cruz Pedregon in the Funny Car race.

"We're very happy with the introduction of the new D2300," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales and marketing. "Teams were able to adjust to the tire in varying conditions throughout the weekend, from cool and overcast in qualifying to hot and sunny in the first couple of rounds of eliminations to somewhat cloudy in the finals. We feel it was a good first race for the tire."

Whit Bazemore set a track elapsed time record for Funny Cars in qualifying (4.842 seconds) and Eric Medlin set a top speed record for Funny Cars (318.24 mph). The teams in the Pro Stock class, which is open to competition from other tire manufacturers, use Goodyear's D2200 and D2055 rear drive tires.

Two more track records fell during Pro Stock qualifying, where Anderson continued his recent domination of the class. Anderson set a new elapsed time mark (7.159 seconds) and Steve Johns grabbed the speed record (193.40 mph).

Goodyear-shod cars advanced to the final round of three of the four sportsman classes at Bandimere. Carter's victory in Competition Eliminator came against another Goodyear-equipped car, driven by Bill Kent.

"We were very pleased with our sportsman results," said Carolyn Ashbee, Goodyear's sales and marketing manager, drag racing.

The next race on the NHRA Powerade schedule is the July 23-25 Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways near Seattle, Washington.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Tony Schumacher , Greg Anderson , Scott Kalitta , Steve J