Goodyear, NHRA at Wild Horse Pass

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Hagen blazes to second straight Funny Car victory


            PHOENIX, Az. (Feb. 23, 1015) – Matt Hagan used the second fastest elapsed time in NHRA Funny Car history to win his category in the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park here.

            Hagan was one of five drivers to win on Goodyear tires at the event. The others included Tony Schumacher (in Top Fuel) and Rodger Brodgon (Pro Stock) in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for professional teams and Justin Lamb (Competition Eliminator) and Kyle Seipel (Stock Eliminator) in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsmen.

            No other tiremaker won more at the event.

            Hagan beat Del Worsham in Funny Car’s final round, starting the season with two straight wins. His elapsed time was 3.975. The two drivers finished the weekend in the two top spots in the Funny Car standings.

            Hagan leads the standings with 231 points. Worsham is next with 173.

            Schumacher narrowly beat Doug Kalitta in the Top Fuel final. The margin of victory was a scant .0285 of a second. It was the 78th Top Fuel victory for Schumacher.

            Shawn Langdon leads the Top Fuel standings with 200 points. Antron Brown is second with 167.

            Brogdon’s victory over defending series champion Erica Enders-Stevens was another thriller. Enders-Stevens was quicker off the starting line but Brogdon out-ran her.

            The Pro Stock standings reflect the racing at Wild Horse Pass. Brogdon leads Enders-Stevens 205-184.

            Lamb’s victory over Alan Ellis in Competition Eliminator was an all-Goodyear final. Ellis won in the season opener at Pomona. In Arizona, Lamb was quicker on the draw with a .013 reaction time and he collected his eighth Comp win in national competition.

            Seipel’s victory in Stock was his first national victory in the category and his 10th national win over all.

            Goodyear employs about 67,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is a leader in race tire innovation.