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.
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.