History of drag racing

NHRA establishes a points system. Witness the Super Duty Pontiac Catalina: Houston musician John Bockelman co-hosts with me and we bench race with racing stars and sportsmen alike about their careers and favorite music. Parks, who died in at the age of 94, initially started NHRA as a means of getting hot rodders off the streets and on to legal drag strips.

A typical Comp car. NHRA again worries that its cars are getting too quick, and mandates a fuel blend with only percent nitromethane. The Albertson Olds and Dragmaster Dart were the cars to beat. No modification to the OEM floorboard or Firewall is permitted.

The History of Drag Racing

Top Alcohol Dragsters resemble Top Fuelers, but have significant differences. A core group of us get together once a year for the "Draglist Nationals," a reunion usually held in concert with a racing event. The s saw things get more technical.

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Incredible success and growth With 70, members and more than 40, licensed competitors; NHRA is a thriving leader in the world of motorsports.

I picked a small rectangle cost me a couple hundred dollars. No more having to guess who won.

We publish the results of every national event and we also cover most Lucas Oil series events to provide one more place to find that information.

NHRA is all about diversity. Not long after, Ed Bergenholtz ran a 9. Shirley Muldowney becomes the first woman to obtain a Top Fuel license. Also, NHRA established its Stock Eliminator class—one of many attempts to get back to grassroots racing, using cars that looked like the ones that you could buy in showrooms.

Cars running blowers are limited to cubic inches 8. Engineer Ed Donovan had the answer: A computerized clock measured top speed at the end of the quarter-mile high-tech stuff for the s and determined a winner.

The History of Drag Racing

More thought was given to the design of the cars with a shift in shape from wide and short to long and thin, and an increasing number of organisations sprung up including the World Series of Drag Racing. But how did this lust for the ultimate fast ride evolve into one of the most popular sports in America?

As the sport grew the first drag racing superstars emerged. Junior Dragster racers between the ages of 8 and 18 may race a half scale version of the sport's fastest car, Top Fuel Dragster.

Lewis Bloom was the first guy to put me on the mic! Parks, who died in at the age of 94, initially started NHRA as a means of getting hot rodders off the streets and on to legal drag strips.

Since those early days, NHRA has evolved into the largest promoter of professional drag racing in the world. With more than 20 categories of competition, including Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle at the professional level, and a multicultural array of high-octane personalities it calls world champions, NHRA thrives on unique competitors accomplishing unique achievements.

In the end, Calvin Rice won Top Eliminator, with a To this day, he has not taken a red cent and volunteers all his time for the cost of Internet access and computer equipment.

Prudhomme breaks the 5.

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With rapidly advancing technology and a shaky economy, many weekend racers found themselves priced out. The only paved section in smaller towns was on the main drag.

With more than 20 categories of competition, including Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle at the professional level, and a multicultural array of high-octane personalities it calls world champions, NHRA thrives on unique competitors accomplishing unique achievements.

Pro Stock is seen as a blend of high performance and brand identification, an outgrowth of the production based Stock classes, with fewer rules. Goleta, California saw a match race that some refer to as the first official drag race; another is run at Mile Square airfield in Garden Grove.The Fast Lane is also a dazzling photographic celebration of innovative technology -- dragsters and Funny Cars burning nitromethane; stock cars, trucks, and motorcycles on high energy spectacle that make NHRA drag racing a national passion/5(24).

Drag Racing Ever since the invention of the motor car drivers have been obsessed with speed. But how did this lust for the ultimate fast ride evolve into one of the most popular sports in America?

Drag Racing Ever since the invention of the motor car drivers have been obsessed with speed. But how did this lust for the ultimate fast ride evolve into one of the most popular sports in America? The History of Drag Racing. Drag racing seems like it’s been with us forever. In truth it’s a postwar phenomenon, with roots stretching back to dry lakebed racing in Southern California in the s.

Being an historian means having a near-encyclopedic recall and knowledge of your subject, and while I like to think of myself among the top 10 or so in that category when it comes to drag racing. Drag racing remains one of the most wide-spread racing subtypes in America.

Like many long-standing institutions, it has existed for so long that many never question its origins.

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