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IHRA SeriesLEICHESTER, NY (July 12-14) -- The Hoosier tire brand carried four drivers to their respective IHRA class finals over the weekend at the 14th Annual CARQUEST Auto Parts Empire Nationals. Corrine Rudy made it to the final round in Hot Rod, while Jason Lynch was in the Quick Rod final. Terry Taylor was in the finals in Stock and Dale Brand made it to the finals in Funny Car marking the fifth consecutive time Brand drove the Co-line Welding Firebird into the final round in the Funny Car class.

Jason Lynch, riding atop a pair of Hoosier 33.5/17.0-16 C06 drag tires used a .429 RT to get the jump on his opponent and his .489 RT in the Quick Rod final. Lynch, aboard his Summit Racing Equipment dragster, backed that up with an ET of 8.913 on the 8.90 index to capture the win when his opponent broke out in an effort to make up the difference Lynch captured at the tree.

For the fifth consecutive time, Dale Brand and his Hoosier 34.5/17.0-16 C2000 drag tires were in the finals in Funny Car. In the previous four finals, Brand was runner-up to Jimmy Rector. But this time, Brand defeated Rector in an earlier round. In the final round, Brand gained a huge edge at the light with a .435 RT to his opponent's sluggish .513 RT to gain the early advantage. But mechanical failure blocked Brand's attempt to capture his first IHRA final win of the season and forced him to settle for runner-up honors in the highly competitive class.

In the Stock final, Hoosier-shod Terry Taylor left too early at the light ending his bid to claim the IHRA final round win and relegating Taylor to a very respectable runner-up finish.

Corrine Rudy broke out in the Hot Rod final and also settled for a respectable runner-up finish in the final round.

The next IHRA Series event is July 26-28, at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI for the 21st Annual CARQUEST Auto parts Northern Nationals.

Congratulations to all the loyal drivers, teams and fans who continue to support the efforts of Hoosier to be the world's best manufacturer of drag tires.  


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