Schumacher leads Goodyear equipped winners at Joliet
JOLIET, Ill (July 14, 2015) – Someday, at some future Hall of Fame dinner somewhere, attendees will recall with great pleasure the era when NHRA Top Fuel stars Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon challenged each other on a weekly basis. Both drivers are in the midst of Hall of Fame careers.
Schumacher fans will happily recall the Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. Schumacher beat Dixon in the final round, collecting the 80th victory of his amazing career.
Schumacher was one of four drivers to race to victory on Goodyear tires at Joliet. The other Goodyear-shod winners included Tommy Johnson Jr. (in Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) among the professionals in the NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Rob Kropfield (Super Street) won in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers.
The rivalry between Schumacher and Dixon now includes 81 meetings. Schumacher has won 43 of those races. The Joliet victory left Schumacher with the lead in the Top Fuel standings in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship. Schumacher has 1,028 points. Antron Brown is next with 1,008.
Johnson Jr. beat Matt Hagan in the Funny Car final to collect Johnson Jr.’s first win of the 2015 campaign. Hagan, however, finished the weekend with a commanding lead in the Funny Car standings. Hagan leads Ron Capps 1,024-846.
Allen Johnson’s victory over Larry Morgan in the Pro Stock final was the 25th in Allen Johnson’s career. Greg Anderson stayed atop the Pro Stock standings, finishing the weekend with 1,148 points. Erica Enders-Stevens is next with 1,082.
Kropfield’s Street Stock win was his first in NHRA National Event competition.
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.