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Six wins for Goodyear-equipped NHRA racers at Sonoma

      SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2015) – Drivers racing on Goodyear tires won six times in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway as the professional teams completed the second round of the 2015 Western Swing.
      Jack Beckman emerged with both a victory and the national elapsed time record in Funny Car as well as the chance to sweep the three Swing races. The final Sweep event is next week in Seattle, Washington.
      It was an action-packed weekend at Sonoma. Five drivers clinched berths in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship post-season title chase.
      The other Goodyear-shod event winners included Antron Brown (in Top Fuel) and Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for professional teams. The other three winners were in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman teams. Those drivers included Kyle Seipel (Top Dragster), Justin Lamb (Super Stock) and Robert Naber (Super Comp).
      Beckman’s national record, 3.921 seconds, came during Saturday’s qualifying. Beckman beat Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final round of eliminations on Sunday to get his second straight victory.  Matt Hagan became the first Funny Car driver to earn a Countdown spot.
      Brown beat Dave Connolly by just .0372 of a second in the Top Fuel final. It was Brown’s fourth win in 2015. Brown and teammate Tony Schumacher earned Countdown berths.
 McGaha defeated Jonathan Gray to grab his first career Pro Stock win. McGaha’s margin of victory was just .0214 of a second, about seven feet. Former Pro Stock champs Erica Enders-Stevens and Greg Anderson secured Countdown spots.
      Lamb’s victory in Super Stock was his sixth in that category and his 16th overall as a driver. His reaction time, a slender .024 of a second, contributed to his really skinny margin of victory, .0113 of a second.
      Seipel, driving a car owned by Lamb, collected his third national victory and his first in Top Dragster. Seipel’s reaction time was nearly perfect, .007 of a second.
      Naber’s victory was his second national win in Super Comp and his third overall.   
      Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.