LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson headlined a pack of six Goodyear-shod drag racers on the victory podium as Goodyear-equipped cars won six of the nine classes in the AC Delco Nationals NHRA race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Anderson beat teammate Jason Line in the Pro Stock final to win his 14th race of the 2004 season. That set an NHRA single-season record for victories in a professional class and he reached the final round a record 18 times. He has won two straight Pro Stock titles.
“I can’t imagine we’ll ever have a chance to do anything like this for a while,” Anderson said. “Yes, records are made to be broken. Somebody will come along some day and break it. But, I think it’s going to be a while, I really do.”
Doug Kalitta was the Top Fuel winner, Gary Scelzi won in Funny Car, Shannon Jenkins won in Pro Mod, Glen Treadwell won in Competition Eliminator and Greg Ventura won in Super Comp.
No other tiremaker had more than two wins.
Anderson’s win was his fourth straight at The Strip.
“I don’t know what it is about this place,” Anderson said. “It’s definitely magic for me.”
Anderson clinched the Pro Stock championship earlier in the season. He won races using both Goodyear’s D2055 rear drive tire and the D2200 rear drive tire in 2004.
“We had an advantage at the beginning of the year,” Anderson said. “Everybody said, ‘This is no fun because it’s a one-sided deal.’ Well, it’s not that way anymore, it’s awful darn hard to win right now.”
Force clinched his 13th Funny Car championship when he qualified for the field of 16 cars Saturday. He advanced to the final round before losing to Scelzi. The win lifted Scelzi into a second-place tie in the Funny Car standings.
Jenkins’ Pro Mod victory was his first of the season and it came on a weekend when five of the eight cars in the quarterfinal round were on Goodyear tires. Mike Ashley, driving another Goodyear-shod car, won the Pro Mod season title. Ashley also won once in 2004.
Treadwell’s Competition Eliminator win was his second of the season and third of his career. Seven of the eight cars in the quarterfinal round had Goodyear tires and that included a wide variety of cars and applications. For example, Treadwell won the class driving a dragster powered by a six-cylinder engine. He beat Lou Ficco Jr’s Goodyear-shod Chevrolet Corvette with a 500 horsepower engine in the final round.
Ventura’s Super Comp win came after his excellent reaction time, .015 of a second, gave him an advantage.
The final race of the 2004 NHRA season will be held at Pomona Raceway Nov. 14.