Monday, June 4, 2012
Goodyear Tires Win Six Times at NHRA Englishtown Race
by Lee Elder, Goodyear Racing
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Goodyear-supplied drivers won six times in 11 categories in the NHRA’s Toyota Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
It was a record-setting weekend. In the professional categories of the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Spencer Massey set two records in Top Fuel and Ron Capps pulled off the same feat in Funny Car. Pete Biondo became the second driver in NHRA history to win at least one national event in six categories when he won in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsmen.
The professional Goodyear-shod winners included Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Johnny Gray (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock). The Goodyear winners among the sportsmen racers included Biondo, Brian Martel and Arnie Martel. The Martels are not related.
Torrence’s victory came at the expense of Brandon Bernstein. It was Torrence’s second career Top Fuel win, both coming this season, his first full year of racing in Top Fuel.
“It was a little surreal to come out and have so much success in such a short period of time,” Torrence said.
Massey set elapsed time and speed records for Top Fuel (3.728 seconds and 329.91 mph) during qualifying. Massey leads the Top Fuel standings with 753 points. Tony Schumacher is next with 719.
Gray won his second Funny Car trophy in two seasons, beating Capps in the final. Earlier in the day, Gray beat John Force and points leader Robert Hight.
“They way our car is running now we’re going to get after it and we’ve got as good a chance as anybody,” Gray said of the Funny Car title.
Capps’ records in Funny Car (3.964 and 320.89 mph) also came during qualifying. Hight leads the category with 857 points. Capps (700), Mike Neff (615) and Gray (558) are next.
Anderson’s win came in a new car and chassis. It was the fourth win of 2012 for Anderson, his fifth at the track and the 74th of his amazing career. Anderson beat Jason Line in the final, the 100th win for Ken Black Racing.
Anderson leads the standings with 869 points. Line is second with 770 and Allen Johnson is third with 710.
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