Goodyear-shod cars win 4 times at NHRA New England Nationals
EPPING, N.H. (June 15, 2015) – Someday they’ll be in drag racing’s Hall of Fame together. But at Sunday’s NHRA New England Nationals, Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon went at it in the final round of Top Fuel.
Schumacher won, one of four drivers to race to victory on Goodyear tires at New England Dragway. The other Goodyear-shod winners included John Force (in Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Peter Luciano (Competition Eliminator).
It was the 81st time Schumacher and Dixon have faced each other in eliminations. The victory increased Schumacher’s minimal edge in the rivalry to 43-38. The win also pulled Schumacher closer to category leader and teammate Antron Brown in the standings of the NHRA’s Countdown to a Championship. Brown leads second-place Schumacher 790-757.
Force edged Tommy Johnson Jr. at the line in a very close race to win the final round of Funny Car. Johnson led most of the way before Force caught him. The victory was the second of the season for Force and the 143rd win of his career. The win pulled him to third in the Funny Car standings. Matt Hagan leads with 746 points. Ron Capps is next with 685.
Anderson beat Allen Johnson in the Pro Stock final by .0102 of a second, roughly three feet. It was Anderson’s second straight win, his third of the season and 77th of his career. Anderson became the first driver to surpass 900 points this season in the NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for professional teams. Anderson leads the standings with 907 points. Defending Pro Stock champion Eric Enders Stevens is next with 837.
Luciano’s victory in Competition Eliminator came in the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers. The win came in his first-ever appearance in the finals of a national event.
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.