VEGAS NEXT FOR NHRA RACERS AS GOODYEAR KEEPS WINNING LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 13, 2005) -- As the speedsters of the National Hot Rod Association head for the April 14-17 Summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las...
VEGAS NEXT FOR NHRA RACERS AS GOODYEAR KEEPS WINNING
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 13, 2005) -- As the speedsters of the National Hot Rod Association head for the April 14-17 Summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, they know two very important facts.
The track lends itself to high speeds and the tire of choice among most winning teams is Goodyear.
Doug Kalitta's Top Fuel car produced the fastest pass in NHRA history at The Strip during the 2004 running of the same event. He was clocked at 335.57 mph on Goodyear tires.
Four races into the 2005 season, Goodyear-equipped cars have won 21 of the 39 final round races at national events. In the professional categories where tiremakers compete among each other, Goodyear leads with five wins in eight final rounds.
Goodyear-shod teams won seven times in the O'Reilly Houston Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. The Goodyear winners were the record-setting Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, the ageless Warren Johnson in Pro Stock, Duane Shields in Top Alcohol Dragster, Glen Treadwell in Competition Eliminator, Shawn Langdon in Super Gas and Chris Le Blanc in Super Street.
Schumacher established a new national record when he needed it most. He beat Cory McClenathan in the final round and got the record when he was timed at 335.52 mph. Because Schumacher made an earlier run within the range established by the NHRA, he was credited with backing up the record run. Kalitta did not back up his pass at Las Vegas last year and is not credited with the national record.
Hight won his first professional victory in just his fourth race as a pro, beating Cruz Pedregon in the final round.
Johnson, 61, became the oldest driver to win the final round of the professional category when he beat Jason Line.
Shields, who is a long time Goodyear customer, beat Jeff Wilson in the TAD final.
Treadwell won the Competition Eliminator final because he got a better start. He beat Scott Cashio by just .05577 of a second, which was estimated to be about 12 feet.
Le Blanc knocked off Rick Huffman in the Super Street final.