Goodyear-shod cars win five at Gatornationals

Anton Brown, Allen Johnson, Allen Johnson, Rich McPillips and Frank Aragona collected victories using Goodyear tires.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Goodyear-equipped cars won five times in the NHRA’s Amalie Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway here.

In the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for professional teams, Antron Brown collected the 200th victory for Don Schumacher Racing when he won in Top Fuel after teammate Johnny Gray won in Funny Car. Allen Johnson won the Pro Stock final.

Antron Brown
Antron Brown

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Rich McPillips (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Frank Aragona (Competition Eliminator) collected wins on Goodyear tires in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers.

Brown’s victory in the final round came against Clay Millican in a close race. Brown’s 3.761-second pass was quicker than Millican’s pass, although Millican went faster at 319.67 mph.

It was Brown’s 22nd Top Fuel win. Gray beat Del Worsham in the Funny Car final. Gray has the distinction of having advanced to the final round in the NHRA’s Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Pro Stock and Funny Car categories.

Johnson edged Jeg Coughlin in the Pro Stock final by just .0054 of a second, an estimated 20 inches. Johnson’s win was a rare hole shot victory over Coughlin, who is among the best in all of drag racing at the starting line.

Johnson’s reaction time was a near-perfect .005 of a second. It was Johnson’s 17th Pro Stock win.

McPhillips collected his third career national event victory. Aragona won his sixth national win.

Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.


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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Antron Brown , Jeg Coughlin , Frank Aragona , Del Worsham , Allen Johnson , Johnny Gray , Don Schumacher
Article type Race report
Tags aragona, brown, gainesville, gatornationals, goodyear, johnson, mcpillips, nhra