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.