GOODYEAR'S SIX NHRA WINS INCLUDE PRUDHOMME'S 100TH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 17, 2005) -- Larry Dixon gave Don Prudhomme his 100th National Hot Rod Association victory and led phalanx of six drivers that won their class...
GOODYEAR'S SIX NHRA WINS INCLUDE PRUDHOMME'S 100TH
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 17, 2005) -- Larry Dixon gave Don Prudhomme his 100th National Hot Rod Association victory and led phalanx of six drivers that won their class using Goodyear tires in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Dixon's victory in the final round of the Top Fuel class came at the expense of top qualifier Doug Kalitta. Prudhomme's victory total includes his wins as a driver and car owner.
"I would say at least 90 percent of those wins came on Goodyear tires," said Prudhomme. "Wingedfoot, I call them."
The other winners on Goodyear tires included Whit Bazemore (Funny Car), Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), Mike Ashley (Pro Mod), Steve Gasparrelli (Top Alcohol Funny Car) and Robert Naber (Super Comp).
Ashley's victory was especially impressive, as all four of the semi-finalists in Pro Mod used Goodyear tires and seven of the eight cars to reach the second round also raced on Goodyears. Goodyear-shod cars also reached the finals of two other classes.
Naber's victory marked the second straight for his team in NHRA National competition. Shawn Langdon won at Baytown, Texas, one week earlier in Super Gas. Langdon also raced on Goodyear tires. Naber has used the same set of Goodyear D1490 rear drive tires on his 1,100-horsepower dragster for nearly 200 passes. The victory at Las Vegas is the third for that same set of drive tires. The other two wins came in regional competition.
Gasparrelli knocked off some of the biggest names in Top Alcohol Funny Car racing on his way to victory. He beat Bucky Austin, Ron August Jr., Jay Payne and Tate Branch, in that order, during his march to the win.
Prudhomme downplayed the 100-victory milestone, saying, "We don't really keep track of those statistics. We're just out here trying to win a race--It's a thrill, we don't mean to make light of it. I'll treasure it. But we've got to think about winning the championship."
Dixon, who has worked for Prudhomme in various capacities for 17 years and who appreciates the history of the sport as well as any fan, joked, "I think he had 30 something wins when I started with him. One hundred makes me feel old."
Connolly captured his fifth career victory and became the first repeat winner of the 2005 season. He knocked off defending Pro Stock champ Greg Anderson in the final.
Bazemore collected his 19th career win and said, "The track was tricky. It was a tough, tough day."
Goodyear now has 21 victories in NHRA national events this season.