Dramatic races clinch NHRA championships

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3 Goodyear-shod NHRA champs crowned at Pomona


            POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2015) – Three drivers raced on Goodyear tires and clinched NHRA world championships during the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Speedway Pomona.

            Del Worsham (Funny Car), Justin Lamb (Super Stock) and Joey Severance (Top Alcohol Dragster) all clinched championships in the final national event of the 2015 season in California. Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) clinched their championships one race earlier.

            Worsham won the Pomona event as well, his fourth victory of the season. Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel, giving him two wins at Pomona this season, and Allen Johnson won the final round of Pro Stock, his second win this year. Gary Stinnett won in Super Comp.

            “I don’t know what to say right now,” Worsham said. “I am beyond words. The team has been nails and they haven’t made a mistake since September.”

            Worsham clinched the title when he went head-to-head with his closest pursuer for the championship, Jack Beckman, in the semifinal round. Worsham got off to clean start but Beckman’s car stumbled shortly after leaving the starting line. Beckman did a quick pedal job but Worsham was uncatchable and the title was decided.

            The storybook finish with the Funny Car title hunters racing for the win in the final race of the season brought drama with it.

            Worsham said, “It worked out exactly like (the NHRA) envisioned. This one time it worked out for me.”

            Worsham’s Funny Car title was his first in that category. He has also won a world title in Top Fuel.

            Lamb’s championship was his second national title. He clinched the championship early in the weekend.

            Severance won his first TAD title but didn’t lock it up until he won the semifinal round at Pomona.

            Johnson’s victory in the Finals was Goodyear’s 520th straight victory in the category for Goodyear. The streak started in 1992.

            Stinnett’s victory was his 23rd national win and his 13th in Super Comp.

            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.