With Bart Tobener's endorsement and Goodyear’s recent drag radial announcement, Heads Up racers are talking tires and thats good for any series.

Goodyear’s first drag radial tire, a 275/60-R15, will be available by the end of August. The new tire, the D4305, can be currently ordered through Goodyear Racing distributors across the country. For more information on Goodyear's DOT Drag Radial visit their website.

Georgia-based Bart Tobener, who races in the NMRA’s Renegade class, tested the D4305 earlier this summer at South Georgia Motorsports Park. Tobener’s 1993 Ford Mustang runs the quarter mile in the 8.50-second zone and typically qualifies in the top half of the field. Tobener’s car weighs about 3,100 pounds and produces around 1,000 horsepower from its Vortech supercharged modular engine. He also races in the Xtreme Street class of the National Muscle Car Association and in the Outlaw Radial Tire Championship.

Tobener was fastest in qualifying at the recent NMRA event at zMAX Raceway in Charlotte, N.C. Track temperature were nearly 140 degrees when he made his first qualifying run with an ambient temperature of 96 degrees. "That’s about as hot and greasy as we can get," Tobener said. "This tire Goodyear has works very well. They got it right. After the second round of qualifying, I was two-tenths of a second quicker than the next guy."

At the Zmax event, Tobener advanced to the semi-final round of eliminations before mechanical issues slowed the car. "I got a lot of attention at the first race with those tires," Tobener said. "Two people wanted to go pick up a set right away. A lot of people looked."

According to Goodyear and the racers that have tested them, the D4305 performs well on hot, slick drag strips. The tire has a completely new construction and includes technology recently developed by Goodyear.

Company officials expect a 315/60-R15 DOT drag radial to be the next new offering available. The tire maker expects to have seven more sizes available this fall in 15- and 16- and 17-inch bead diameters.

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