Indy ORP: Goodyear Racing final report

SCHUMACHER, 6 OTHER GOODYEAR-SHOD DRIVERS WIN AT INDY CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2008) -- The record book-sized wrecking ball that is Tony Schumacher turned its attention to the Mac Tools US Nationals drag race here and left history ...

SCHUMACHER, 6 OTHER GOODYEAR-SHOD DRIVERS WIN AT INDY

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2008) -- The record book-sized wrecking ball that is Tony Schumacher turned its attention to the Mac Tools US Nationals drag race here and left history shattered in its wake.

Schumacher was one of six drivers to capture victory in drag racing's biggest event while racing on Goodyear tires, the best total among tiremakers. All other participating tiremakers could only equal Goodyear's total if added together.

Goodyear's other winners included Robert Hight (Funny Car), Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), Mike Castellana (Pro Mod), Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Doug Engels (Competition Eliminator).

In addition, Goodyear-equipped cars filled 11 of the possible 24 final round berths in the 12 categories. No other tiremaker had more than seven berths.

Charlie Westcott won the Mopar Hemi Challenge for the third time in four years. Westcott was the top qualifier for the second straight year.

Schumacher won his fifth straight U.S. Nationals and his seventh overall. The victory was his sixth straight race win and he won his 24th straight round, both NHRA records. It was his record-breaking 11th victory of the season and he tied Joe Amato for the all-time NHRA lead with 52 Top Fuel wins.

"And to do it on the day you win Indy? Are you kidding me? Today was special," Schumacher admitted. "It's going to go down as one of the best days ever."

Don Schumacher Racing, the team owned by Tony's father, has won six championships in the last 10 years. Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel standings as the season moves into its playoff format, the Countdown To One.

Hight struggled during qualifying and even during eliminations, but he beat Jack Beckman in the final round. Hight had his choice of lanes just once on Sunday, in the first round.

"After the first round, I wouldn't have bet on my team for anything," Hight said. "But (his opponents) kept giving us chances and you can't give (crew chief) Jimmy Prock chances--This isn't one of our prettiest wins, but I'm not giving it back."

The win was Hight's second at Indy since 2006.

Connolly won his second straight race and won for the second consecutive year at Indy.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Jack Beckman , Bill Reichert , Don Schumacher , Robert Hight , Dave Connolly