- "NHRA" redirects here. For other uses, see NHRA (disambiguation).
The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is a Drag racing governing body, which sets rules in drag racing and host events all over the United States and Canada.
The association was founded by Wally Parks in 1951 in the State of California to provide a governing body to organize and promote the sport of Drag racing. The first nationwide NHRA sponsored event was held in 1955, in Great Bend, Kansas. (Typical for the era, this race was held on a World War II-constructed training air field.) The "Nationals", which now comprise 24 events each year, are the premier events in drag racing that bring together the best cars and drivers from across North America. The U.S. Nationals are now held at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis in Clermont, Indiana and are officially called the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. Winners of national events are awarded a trophy statue in honor of founder Wally Parks. The trophy is commonly referred to by its nickname, a “Wally”.
The NHRA governs several developmental series. These include the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, the Summit Racing Series, and the O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League.
Powerade Drag Racing SeriesEdit
The NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series is the NHRA governed series that sanctions all major national events. It is the NHRA's premier series. Winston (cigarette) was the title sponsor of the series from 1970 until 2003, before a new governing rule stated the Master Settlement Agreement restricted R. J. Reynolds to one sponsorship of a sporting event; they chose NASCAR. In 2004, The Coca-Cola Company took over sponsorship of the series, which is now known as the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series and has the slogan "Very Real Power."
The series has four main classes: Top Fuel Dragster, Top Fuel Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock. Top Fuel was the first category, with Funny Cars added in 1966, Pro Stock four years later and Pro Stock Motorcycles in 1987. Both Top Fuel and Funny Cars regularly see top speeds in excess of 330 mph today, and quarter mile times anywhere from 4.42 to 5 seconds. Both these cars are 90% Nitromethane and 10% Methanol. The Pro Stock record is 211 mph with times often in the 6.5-6.7 second range and the Pro Stock Motorcycles usually run at 190+ mph with times in the low 7- to high 6-second range.
Some of the popular racers to come through the series include "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Shirley Muldowney. Those three gained much attention from the 1960s through '70s with their speed and personalities, a combination rarely achieved today through the political correctness of sponsorship in today's drivers. Nonetheless there are still colorful characters today, such as 14-time Funny Car world champion John Force.
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing SeriesEdit
In 2009, National Hot Rod Association will change to the NHRA Full Throttle (drink) Drag Series.
NHRA Powerade Drag Racing SeriesEdit
NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series ChampionsEdit
|Year||Top Fuel Rail Car||Top Fuel Funny Car||Pro Stock||Pro Stock Motorcycle|
|1966||Pete Robinson||Ed Schartman|
|1970||Ronnie Martin (drag racer)||Gene Snow||Ronnie Sox|
|1971||Gerry Glenn||Phil Castronovo||Mike Fons|
|1972||Jim Walther||Larry Fullerton||Bill Jenkins (drag racer)|
|1973||Jerry Ruth||Frank Hall (drag racer)||Wayne Gapp|
|1974||Gary Beck||Shirl Greer||Bob Glidden|
|1975||"Big Daddy" Don Garlits||Don "The Snake" Prudhomme||Bob Glidden|
|1976||Richard Tharp||Don Prudhomme||Larry Lombardo|
|1977||Shirley Muldowney||Don Prudhomme||Don Nicholson|
|1978||Kelly Brown (drag racer)||Don Prudhomme||Bob Glidden|
|1979||Rob Bruins||Raymond Beadle||Bob Glidden|
|1980||Shirley Muldowney||Raymond Beadle||Bob Glidden|
|1981||Jeb Allen||Raymond Beadle||Lee Shepherd|
|1982||Shirley Muldowney||Frank Hawley||Lee Shepherd|
|1983||Gary Beck||Frank Hawley||Lee Shepherd|
|1984||Joe Amato||Mark Oswald||Lee Shepherd|
|1985||Don Garlits||Kenny Bernstein||Bob Glidden|
|1986||Don Garlits||Kenny Bernstein||Bob Glidden|
|1987||Dick LaHaie||Kenny Bernstein||Bob Glidden||Dave Schultz (drag racer)|
|1988||Joe Amato||Kenny Bernstein||Bob Glidden||Dave Schultz|
|1989||Gary Ormsby||Bruce Larson||Bob Glidden||John Mafaro|
|1990||Joe Amato||John Force||Darrell Alderman||John Meyers|
|1991||Joe Amato||John Force||Darrell Alderman||Dave Schultz|
|1992||Joe Amato||Cruz Pedregon||Warren Johnson||John Meyers|
|1993||Eddie Hill||John Force||Warren Johnson||Dave Schultz|
|1994||Scott Kalitta||John Force||Darrell Alderman||Dave Schultz|
|1995||Scott Kalitta||John Force||Warren Johnson||John Meyers|
|1996||Kenny Bernstein||John Force||Jim Yates||Dave Schultz|
|1997||Gary Scelzi||John Force||Jim Yates||Matt Hines|
|1998||Gary Scelzi||John Force||Warren Johnson||Matt Hines|
|1999||Tony Schumacher (drag racer)||John Force||Warren Johnson||Matt Hines|
|2000||Gary Scelzi||John Force||Jeg Coughlin, Jr.||Angelle Sampey|
|2001||Kenny Bernstein||John Force||Warren Johnson||Angelle Sampey|
|2002||Larry Dixon (drag racer)||John Force||Jeg Coughlin, Jr.||Angelle Sampey|
|2003||Larry Dixon||Tony Pedregon||Greg Anderson (driver)||Geno Scali|
|2004||Tony Schumacher||John Force||Greg Anderson||Andrew Hines|
|2005||Tony Schumacher||Gary Scelzi||Greg Anderson||Andrew Hines|
|2006||Tony Schumacher||John Force||Jason Line||Andrew Hines|
|2007||Tony Schumacher||Tony Pedregon||Jeg Coughlin, Jr.||Matt Smith|
- American Hot Rod Association
- International Hot Rod Association
- National Electric Drag Racing Association
- United States