GOODYEAR WINS IN SEVEN CLASSES AT AUTO CLUB FINALS POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2005) -- Seven drivers racing on Goodyear tires took home class victories in the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway. Goodyear's total...
GOODYEAR WINS IN SEVEN CLASSES AT AUTO CLUB FINALS
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2005) -- Seven drivers racing on Goodyear tires took home class victories in the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway. Goodyear's total was the best among tiremakers.
The race was the final national event of the season for the NHRA's POWERade Series and it gave Goodyear a season-long total of 127 class wins in NHRA national competition. That total bested all other tiremakers combined.
The Goodyear-shod winners at Pomona included Tony Schumacher (in Top Fuel), Tony Pedregon (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock), Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster), Steve Gasparrelli (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Chuck Smithfield (Competition Eliminator) and Mike Blodgett Jr. (Super Gas).
The Pomona event marked the fifth time this season that cars equipped with Goodyear tires swept the Alcohol classes. Cars with Goodyear drive tires mounted on the back of the powerful Alcohol cars won at least once in 15 of the 16 national events in which the Alcohol classes competed. Goodyear tires were on the winning Top Alcohol Dragster car 11 times and nine times in Alcohol Funny Car competition.
Schumacher's win in the finals came at the expense of teammate Melanie Troxel and came a race after he had already clinched the championship.
Pedregon's victory came at the end of one of the wildest Funny Car seasons in memory. Gary Scelzi won the championship despite losing in the season round.
Coughlin beat Tom Martino in the final round.
Reichert defeated Steve Torrence in an all-Goodyear final round. Gasparrelli recorded his second TAFC win at Pomona. He won at Pomona in 2000.
Smithfield, a 63-year-old racer, won in his first-ever final round appearance. He then announced his retirement from drag racing.
Blodgett won his race the hard way. He was one half of a double-breakout, but collected the win because of his faster reaction time.
The NHRA's 2006 season begins at Pomona in February.