Joliet: Goodyear Racing summary

Goodyear D2096 Part Of Record-Shattering Weekend JOLIET, Ill. (May 24, 2004) -- The National Hot Rod Association could probably start a new record book instead of rewriting the old one after the NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway....

Goodyear D2096 Part Of Record-Shattering Weekend

JOLIET, Ill. (May 24, 2004) -- The National Hot Rod Association could probably start a new record book instead of rewriting the old one after the NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. Teams in the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes took turns breaking world and sanctioning body records as though they had nothing better to do.

And right in the midst of the record shattering performances was Goodyear and its D2096 rear drive tire. The D2096 is the mandated rear tire for Top Fuel and Funny Car teams.

All told, Goodyear-shod cars won the final round in six classes.

Gary Scelzi became the first Funny Car pilot to record a 330 mph pass when he made passes of 330.15 mph and another of 330.55 during the qualifying rounds. Whit Bazemore established a new elapsed time record for the Funny Cars with a run of 4.713 seconds.

Brandon Bernstein set an official NHRA record with a speed of 333.41 mph in Top Fuel.

Doug Kalitta recorded the quickest elapsed time of all time, a lap of 4.420 seconds, in Top Fuel history. Kalitta's lap is not an official NHRA record because he did not back it up with another run of sufficiently close elapsed time, but it remains a world record for the class. Kalitta already owned the world Top Fuel record for speed (335.57 mph), set earlier in the season at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on another set of Goodyear D2096 tires.

The Goodyear winners at Route 66 included Jason Line in Pro Stock, Mike Castellana in Pro Mod, Ian Landies Jr. in Competition Eliminator and Todd Hickey in Super Gas.

Kalitta's stunning elapsed time record was set in the final round and was part of his defeating Bernstein to get the race win.

John Force beat Bazemore in the Funny Car finals. Force won the 111th victory of his amazing career and used the victory to move up to second place in the championship standings.

Line scored an upset in the Pro Stock final when he knocked off Greg Anderson. Anderson suffered his first loss in five races and Line collected his first career Pro Stock win.

Castellana's win in Pro Mod and Hickey's victory in Super Gas were products of quicker reaction times at the starting line. Landies had a victory margin of .0036 of a second, roughly 10 inches.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein , Ian Landies Jr. , Jason Line