Las Vegas II: Goodyear Racing summary

Drag Racing titles fall to Dixon, Coughlin. Larry Dixon and Jeg Coughlin became the latest Goodyear drivers to win NHRA national championships in the AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dixon won in Top...

Drag Racing titles fall to Dixon, Coughlin.

Larry Dixon and Jeg Coughlin became the latest Goodyear drivers to win NHRA national championships in the AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dixon won in Top Fuel and Coughlin won in Pro Stock.

Dixon and Coughlin each clinched championships en route to winning their class final rounds. All told, Goodyear drivers won seven final round races at Las Vegas.

Dixon won his first title while also winning the race. Kenny Bernstein, Dixon's closest competitor and the defending Top Fuel champion, lost to Shirley Muldowney in the early rounds to end his title bid. Dixon captured his final round victory for the ninth time this season. Doug Herbert recorded the quickest elapsed time of the weekend (4.53 seconds) and Andrew Cowin had the top speed (better than 328 mph).

Coughlin's championship was earned when he won his fourth straight race and his eighth 2002 victory.

John Force won the Funny Car final and moved closer to the championship of that class. Force knocked off Tony Pedregon during the event and now leads Pedregon by 31 points in the title hunt in that class.

Goodyear driver Adam Bowdish won his first final in an NHRA national event when he took the Competition Eliminator final. Shannon Jenkins rode Goodyear tires to victory in the Pro Mod class, Al Corda won the Stock Eliminator final on Goodyears and Ray Todd did the same in the Super Street final.

With only the final race at Pomona remaining on the 2002 NHRA schedule, Goodyear leads the tire industry with 67 wins in Sportsman competition. All told, Goodyear has 133 NHRA national wins this season.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shirley Muldowney , Jeg Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Tony Pedregon , John Force , Andrew Cowin , Al Corda , Shannon Jenkins