Norwalk: Goodyear Racing summary

GOODYEAR DRIVERS WIN FIVE TIMES IN NHRA RACE AT NORWALK NORWALK, Ohio (June 29, 2009) -- Jack Beckman gave himself an invaluable birthday gift when he captured victory in the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit...

GOODYEAR DRIVERS WIN FIVE TIMES IN NHRA RACE AT NORWALK

NORWALK, Ohio (June 29, 2009) -- Jack Beckman gave himself an invaluable birthday gift when he captured victory in the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Beckman took home a Wally, the gold statue that is emblematic of victory in National Hot Rod Association drag racing.

Beckman, the Funny Car winner, was one of five drivers to win on Goodyear tires, making Goodyear the winningest tiremaker of the event. All other tiremakers combined only equaled Goodyear's total.

"Good tires," said Top Fuel winner Larry Dixon. "They did well all day. Goodyear, good tires."

The racers who won on Goodyear tires in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series for professional racers included Dixon, Beckman and Jason Line (Pro Stock). Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Joe Covert (Super Stock) won in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers.

"It's always great to race in Norwalk," said Carolyn Ashbee, sales account manager for drag racing. "It's only about 70 miles from our Innovation Center in Akron, where our Goodyear Eagle Dragway tires are built. With winners in five categories, our Eagles were showcased again."

Jeg Coughlin won the K&N Horsepower Challenge, pocketing $50,000 for the special event for Pro Stock's best. Coughlin beat Greg Anderson in the final round of the special race.

The track conditions were difficult. The typical Ohio summer heat created challenges for the teams.

"I'm not sure this was the hottest track we've had all year," Beckman said. "It (the track temperature) was around 132 degrees."

Beckman beat Bob Tasca III in the final round of Funny Car with a 4.315-second, 277.54 mph pass. It was his second win of the season.

Ashley Force Hood lost to Beckman in the semi finals but she assumed the lead in the Funny Car standings anyway.

Dixon's win in the Top Fuel finals came at the expense of rival Brandon Bernstein. Dixon was clocked at 3.981 seconds and 294.05 mph on the winning run. He has won two straight races and three of the last four. Dixon sits second to Antron Brown in the standings.

Line's sponsor also sponsored the race and named the racetrack.

"This is the biggest win ever for me, by far," Line said.

Jeg Coughlin leads the Pro Stock standings. Mike Edwards is second and Line is third.

Reichert won the 19th national event race of his career. Covert won his 10th, but his first since 1994.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Jeg Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Jack Beckman , Ashley Force , Brandon Bernstein , Jason Line , Bill Reichert , Bob Tasca III , Mike Edwards