GOODYEAR-SHOD CARS WIN SIX TIMES IN NHRA RACE IN TEXAS ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 9, 2005) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires won six classes in the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Goodyear's victory total...
GOODYEAR-SHOD CARS WIN SIX TIMES IN NHRA RACE IN TEXAS
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 9, 2005) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires won six classes in the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Goodyear's victory total beat all other tiremakers combined and means that Goodyear will finish the 2005 season with the most wins among tiremakers in NHRA national event competition.
Through the race in Texas, Goodyear-shod cars have combined to collect 116 wins at NHRA national events. All other tiremakers combined have 90 wins.
In all six of the classes where a Goodyear car won, two cars racing on Goodyear rubber settled the final round. The Goodyear-equipped winners in Texas included Tony Schumacher (in Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), Thomas Patterson (Pro Mod), Steve Torrence (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Steve Gasparrelli (Top Alcohol Funny Car).
Schumacher has nearly clinched his third national championship. If he makes one qualifying pass in the event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he will clinch his third title. Schumacher's win in Texas was his third straight and marked the fifth straight race in which he has reached the final round. He beat Doug Herbert in the final round.
Force is suddenly the Funny Car points leader after winning his 119th event. He started the event third in the standings, but passed both Gary Scelzi and Ron Capps when both lost during eliminations. Force now has a 36-point lead.
Anderson faced teammate Jason Line in the Pro Stock final and the pair staged an 81-second burndown at the starting line. When they finally settled in, Anderson was quicker off the line and won the race.
Torrence's victory may have clinched the national championship for him. It was his fourth career win in a national event. He beat Aaron Olivarez in the final round in a tremendous race. Olivarez got off the line quicker but Torrence caught him at about mid-track and won by .0362 of a second.
Gasparrelli beat Jimmy Jones in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final, but it was wild. Gasparrelli got the better start, then had to hold off Jones at the stripe.
Patterson's Pro Mod win was made easier when Steve Engel jumped the start.
The Las Vegas event is scheduled for Oct. 20-23.