GOODYEAR LEADS TIREMAKERS WITH SIX WINS IN NHRA RACE JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 2, 2005) -- A pair of dragster drivers, racing in different classes, used Goodyear tires to set records, then won their class and four other drivers won their class while...
GOODYEAR LEADS TIREMAKERS WITH SIX WINS IN NHRA RACE
JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 2, 2005) -- A pair of dragster drivers, racing in different classes, used Goodyear tires to set records, then won their class and four other drivers won their class while racing on Goodyears in the Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
The six victories ranked first among tire manufacturers.
Tony Schumacher established an NHRA record in his Powerade Series Top Fuel car when he was clocked in 4.437 seconds for the quarter-mile on Friday. Schumacher qualified the record by backing it up with a pass of 4.473 seconds on Saturday.
Bill Reichert broke the speed record for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Top Alcohol Dragster class during qualifying when he was credited with a speed of 280.66 mph. He became only the second TAD driver to surpass 280 mph.
The other class winners using Goodyear-shod cars included Ron Capps (in Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), Jeff Taylor (Competition Eliminator) and Peter Biondo (Stock Eliminator).
In the special Jeg's Allstars event for the Lucas Oil Sportman classes, Goodyear-equipped drivers won three times: Gene Snow won in Top Alcohol Dragster, Shawn Langdon won in Super Comp and Eric Reiff won in Super Street.
Schumacher said, "Alan Johnson (his crew chief) can read a racetrack and he knows the machine."
Schumacher, who was racing near his hometown, beat Doug Herbert in the Top Fuel final, after beating Bobby Lagana, Morgan Lucas and Brandon Bernstein.
"I was about as nervous as you can get," Schumacher said. "I guarantee I got 900 phone calls this week and not one of them was, 'How are you?' Every one of them was, 'Can you get me tickets?'"
Schumacher is streaking at the right time of the season. He leads the standings and the victory at Route 66 was his second straight win. It was also the fourth straight race in which he has reached the final round. He appears to be headed for his third Top Fuel championship, leading Larry Dixon 1,630-1,425 in the standings.
Line's victory in Pro Stock came at the expense of Erica Enders, who was bidding to become the first woman to win a Pro Stock final round. Enders did become the first woman to advance to a Pro Stock final.
Greg Enders, Erica's father, said of the Goodyear tires the team had on Erica's car, "As a father, it makes you feel good knowing your kid is going down the racetrack on good rubber."
Line's victory was his fourth of the 2005 season and his second in Joliet this year. He waited patiently while Enders' car was hurried late to the starting line after an engine change. Line said his team wanted to get the victory in a race rather than on an uncontested run.
"I love this place," Line said of the Route 66 facility. "I wish I could race here every week. I don't have the answer -- If I did, then I'd put it in a bottle and take it to Dallas (where the NHRA races next week)."
Line's teammate, Greg Anderson, left Joliet with a 1,633-1,451 lead over Kurt Johnson in the Pro Stock standings.
Capps beat two members of the John Force racing team (Robert Hight and Force) and two Pedregon brothers (Cruz and Tony). Capps is now third in the Funny Car standings. Gary Scelzi, who lost in the third round at Joliet, leads with 1,326 points, while Force is second with 1,283 and Capps has 1,281.
Goodyear leads all tiremakers in victories in NHRA national event competition.