Lamb wins one title, close to another

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 29, 2017) – Justin Lamb has one 2017 NHRA world championship. Now he wants another.
Lamb, a resident of Henderson, Nev., clinched the Super Stock championship during the Toyota Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he advanced through the early rounds of elimination. That title brought his title count to three, having already won the 2015 Super Stock and 2013 Stock Eliminator championships. He has nearly locked away the 2017 Stock title and can win it at the World Finals at Pomona, Calif. in two weeks.
Through it all, Lamb has raced on Goodyear tires. His tire of choice for the Super Stock car was Goodyear’s D2070 rear drive tire. The D2070 measures 33 inches tall and 14.5 across the tread face. The tire mounts on a 15-inch wheel and the construction includes Goodyear’s D6 tread compound.
“It doesn’t spin,” Lamb said of his rear tires. “They last a long time. It’s just a good, forgiving tire and by that I mean that it works in all track conditions.”
Lamb has used Goodyears since he started racing and credited the tiremaker with playing a key role in his success.
“Goodyear is one of my biggest supporters,” he said. “They’ll do whatever it takes to help.”
Lamb said he started the 2017 season wanting to concentrate on his Super Stock effort. Obviously that plan worked. The Stock effort was different, Lamb said. He said he looked up one day and discovered he had a solid chance to win the Stock title. When he started drag racing, Lamb did not envision winning multiple championships.
“I kind of thought that, maybe, one day I might be able to win one championship,” Lamb said. “I never thought about winning three or four.”
Lamb works for the city of Henderson, Nev., as a business analyst. He and his wife Jeanine have two children, Jayce and Jovi. By the end of the season, each of the young Lambs will have a world championship trophy for each hand.
Goodyear employs about 65,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 countries. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation

Goodyear-shod cars win three times at zMAX

Goodyear – CONCORD, N.C. (April 30, 2017) – Shawn Cowie outlasted a Top Alcohol Dragster field loaded with Goodyear-equipped cars to win the TAD final at the NHRA 4 Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Cowie was one of eight drivers using Goodyears to advance to the second round of TAD racing at zMAX. No other tiremaker had a car in the second round.
The TAD category is a part of the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers. Other Goodyear-shod sportsman winners included Bruno Massel (in Competition Eliminator) and Peter Biondo (Super Stock). Added to Goodyear’s winning cars in the professional categories, the sportsman action brought Goodyear’s win total to six. No other tiremaker matched that total.
The TAD class is for the fastest and most powerful cars in sportsman drag racing. Cowie raced on Goodyear’s D3122 drive tire and said, “They stick and hook me up and get me down the race track.” The D3122 measures 34.5 inches tall and 17 inches across the tread face. It mounts on a 16-inch wheel.
Massel, the NHRA on Fox reporter, is a former world champion in Comp Eliminator and he won his titles on Goodyear tires. That experience came in handy, he said.
“We have the old Goodyear Pro Stock tire on the back, the D2200, Old Faithful, as I call it,” Massel said. “It gets us down the track every time.” The D2200 has the same dimensions as the current tires Goodyear produces for the Pro Stock class and has a 105-inch rollout.
Massel collected his 11th national event victory.
Biondo won his 51st national event. Every one of those wins have come on Goodyear tires. He used Goodyear’s D2070 drive tire on his car. The D2070 stands 33 inches tall, is 14.5 inches wide and mounts on a 15-inch rim.
Goodyear employs about 66,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 countries. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.

Force, Schumacher, Johnson celebrate Colorado wins

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Force, Schumacher, Johnson celebrate Colorado wins

MORRISON, Colo. (July 24, 2016) – You would be hard-pressed to find three NHRA drag racers with more combined career victories than John Force, Tony Schumacher and Allen Johnson.
And yet, each won for the first time this season to cap the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
The trio’s combined wins total 251. Their popularity was emphasized by the fact that they won as part of the NHRA’s first live event on broadcast network television. Fox carried much of Sunday’s racing live.
Force, who beat his own daughter in the final round of Funny Car, said, “I told Courtney, ‘Hey, you’re my baby, I love you … but I’m giving it everything I’ve got.’”
The other drivers who won on Goodyear tires included sportsman racers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series: Lou Ficco (Competition Eliminator), John Bianco (Super Street) and John Baker (Top Sportsman).
The conditions were difficult on the mountain. They alternated between heat and rain, wind and calm. Teams had to keep finding answers.
The answers were out there. The Funny Car teams took turns breaking track records. John Force was the first to post a three-second pass on the mountain with a 3.959-second run in the first round of qualifying. Courtney Force finished the weekend with the elapsed time record, 3.917 seconds. Del Worsham set a track record for Funny Car at 322.34 mph.
Steve Torrence set a track record for elapsed time at 3.776 seconds in Top Fuel.
Force said of the 144th victory in his career, “I just love it.”
Ron Capps leads the Funny Car standings with 1,120 points. Courtney Force is next with 998.
Schumacher beat teammate Antron Brown in the final round of Top Fuel.
“I probably drove the car 1,200 feet because I was looking at the win light instead of pulling the chutes,” Schumacher admitted. He said, “It feels amazing.”
Brown leads the Top Fuel standings with 1,145 points. Doug Kalitta is second with 1,088. Both have secured berths in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.
Johnson said he was surprised to win after qualifying 10th.
“We stunk the place up in qualifying,” Johnson said. “I wouldn’t have given us a one percent chance to win the thing.”
But win he did. It marked the 10th consecutive year that Johnson has reached the final round at Bandimere.
It was the first Pro Stock final this season not won by either Jason Line or Greg Anderson. Line leads the standings with 1,548 points and Anderson is next with 1,466. Both have locked away berths in the Countdown.
Goodyear employs about 66,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 countries. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.

Brown, Enders win NHRA championships in Vegas

Erica Enders (left) wrapped up the NHRA Pro Stock championship and Antron Brown (right) scored his second NHRA Top Fuel title Sunday at Las Vegas. Photos: Courtesy NHRA Media
Erica Enders (left) wrapped up the NHRA Pro Stock championship and Antron Brown (right) scored his second NHRA Top Fuel title Sunday at Las Vegas.
Photos: Courtesy NHRA Media

Brown, Enders win NHRA championships in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 1, 2015) – Antron Brown and Erica Enders clinched NHRA World Championships a race early during the NHRA’s Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
It was the second title for both drivers and the second straight in Pro Stock for Enders.
Goodyear-shod cars won seven times during the final round of the event, more than all other tiremakers combined. Enders won the Pro Stock final after clinching the title. The other Goodyear-equipped winners included Doug Kalitta (in Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Enders in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for professional teams.
Garrett Bateman (Top Alcohol Dragster), Chad Langdon (Super Comp), Scott Burton (Stock Eliminator) and Troy Grant (Super Gas) won with Goodyear in the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman teams.
The sportsman teams in all Lucas Oil categories have their choice of tiremakers.
“I stayed focused on what we had to do in that race car,” Brown said of his day.
Brown admitted that he was concerned about teammate Tony Schumacher, who started the day with a mathematical chance to wrest the title from Brown over the final two races. Brown clinched the title before he lost to Doug Kalitta in the semifinal round. Brown said his second championship was sweeter because it was harder to win.
“The second is sweeter because the competition is quadruple what it was,” Brown said. “I lost to Doug Kalitta by five ten thousandths of a second. That’s probably the closest race of the year.”
Enders remains the only woman to win a race, let alone a championship, in Pro Stock. She clinched the title when teammate Vincent Nobile beat Greg Anderson in the second round. She was the top qualifier at The Strip and the victory was her fourth straight in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.
“It was a great day, a long day, a difficult day,” Enders said. “To be able to top off the second championship with a race win is crazy.”
Enders still has a goal remaining for 2015. She said she wants to win her 10th race of the season in two weeks at Pomona, Calif.
Hight’s win was his fifth at The Strip. The 2009 Funny Car champ won his second victory of the season. “We had a tough matchup, Tommy Johnson Jr., the number one qualifier,” Hight said. “John beat me here in the spring and that bugged me.”
Kalitta beat Larry Dixon in the Top Fuel final, the sixth time Kalitta has at least reached the final round at this track. Both Dixon and Kalitta’s cars had mechanical trouble during the final round but Kalitta won.
“It was a lucky win for us, really,” Kalitta said. “It’s Vegas and anything can happen.”
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.

Goodyear-equipped cars win 4 of 7 NHRA sportsman races

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Goodyear-equipped cars win 4 of 7 NHRA sportsman races

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 1, 2015) – Cars racing on Goodyear tires won four of the seven sportsman categories during the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Goodyear-equipped winners in the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman teams at Las Vegas were Garrett Batemen (in Top Alcohol Dragster), Scott Burton (Stock Eliminator), Chad Langdon (Super Comp) and Troy Grant (Super Gas).

Racers in the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series have their choice among competing tiremakers. Goodyear’s rich drag racing legacy and continued involvement in the sport translates into technical development unmatched in the industry.

Bateman’s TAD car raced on Goodyear’s D2681, the tire Goodyear supplies the Top Fuel and Funny Car teams. The TAD cars are the most powerful in the Lucas Oil series.

“It tends to give us better traction,” Bateman said of the D2681. “We like ’em big, we like the traction.”

Goodyear tires were the obvious choice in TAD. All four semifinalists raced on Goodyear rubber, though not all used the D2681.

Grant said the win at Las Vegas was his second in national event competition. His Super Gas car weighs 3,265 pounds, but he said his tires helped him get moving.

“It performed,” he said. “The 60-foot times were perfect every time.”

Langdon’s victory was his fourth in a national event. He raved about Goodyear’s D6 treat compound. “It’s the only tire that works on this car,” he said.

The weekend’s warm conditions generated warm track temperatures. Asked how he managed the conditions Langdon said, “Goodyear tires, man.”

Burton won his third national event and he did it with a set of Goodyear D4457 radial tires he has a lot of confidence in.

“These tires have 100 runs on them and they are still strong,” Burton said. “It’s the best tire out there.

The field Burton bested included his son, former national champion Brad Burton. Brad Burton also races on Goodyear tires.

The sportsman teams in all Lucas Oil categories have their choice of tiremakers.

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.

This Week on The Balance – 7/20

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