This is the one weekend that I can go to a drag race and be a true fan. Top Fuel was the first category, with Funny Cars added in 1966, Pro Stock four years later and Pro Stock Motorcycles in 1987. Like wearing glasses nearly full-time for the first time in his life. Suffice to say, we used a wide range of racers and vehicle types to compile our list. Army, Tony Schumacher has become one of the greatest Top Fuel drivers in drag racing history. It would be the first Funny Car on the cover of , in April 1966. Bleacher Report is the go-to destination for armchair quarterbacks everywhere.
Force's former crew chief, , also has logged the highest number of wins in that position. In the end, any list like this is going to leave some fans upset that their favorite driver wasn't included. It sure was fun for me to pull it together. Major corporate sponsorship money came to Funny Car starting in 1997, leading to significant changes in the sport. The Professor of Pro Stock comes in at number three on our tally with 136 points.
In addition to his four wins, he also recorded five other top-five finishes in the so-called Greatest Spectacle in Racing, still one of the greatest marks ever in Indy 500 history. Our lists were developed using the raw numbers contained in the Drag Racing Lists. While Courtney and Ashley are done driving, John Force keeps on going. How public everything got around the trade deadline left a stain on everyone involved and no Magic Johnson, it wasn't just the Pelicans and agents leaking info. He also followed in his father's footsteps by racing one season in Formula One before returning to the U. I hope you were pleasantly surprised if you or one of your heroes made our list.
Who can forget Waltrip's voice, breaking with emotion, seconds after cheering younger brother Michael to a win in the 2001 Daytona 500, only to express great concern at the crash behind Waltrip that claimed Earnhardt's life. Had he not been a part-time driver for much of his career—competing in more than 80 percent of each season's schedule of races just four times and winning the championship in three of those four seasons —who knows how many more titles and race wins he could have earned? As we began forming our list, we included every category on the Drag Racing List, over 20 classes in all. The Funny Car Eliminator title at the 1971 Winternats would go to 's Charger,. This wave of both forced and accepted social revolution worked its way into drag racing, too. At least, that's what one oddsmaker believes. After a distinguished career in alcohol funny cars and dragsters, Joe Amato hit the Top Fuel scene in 1983 and never looked back.
On display over the weekend was the Mountain Dew Chevrolet Citation, a Funny Car Force ran during the 1981 season. For one thing, categories with only a few competitors Wheelstanders and Jets, for instance , provided top racers who completely dominated the entire list of racers. Andretti is the only American driver to ever win an Indy 500, Daytona 500 and a Formula One championship. Would a racer who finished number 11 in every year of competition have placed very well on our Top 50 list? After the first 18 races, the Top 10 of each pro category are locked in and compete in the last six races with the difference in points greatly minimized. Both have their own unique challenges. These include car owners and crews, tuners, engine builders, speed equipment manufacturers, association officers and staff, track owners and staff, promoters, magazine and newspaper editors, photojournalists, and now, webmasters. It was an all fiberglass beauty complete with a 426 Chrysler for power.
A Big Hit While her teammates likely knew about this move before this morning, this surely comes as a big hit to the John Force Racing team. Johnson won 50 races as a driver and then became one of the most successful car owners in the sport, owning the car that took both Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip to all six of their combined Cup championships. Bonnie stopped drag racing altogether by 1967. Tragically, Earnhardt was killed in that wreck. Watch the video above for all the comparison photos. Joe exploded onto the scene with the sport's first 260 mph pass in 1984 and followed it up with a 5. Ashley Force Hood won three races in four seasons from 2007-10.
Ignore all the drama surrounding Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Heath Ledger and focus on the fact that your team is the favorite to land Anthony Davis this offseason. Bob grabbed 111 points in our contest, and almost certainly would have finished higher had he not retired in 1995. The Yenters lost interest in racing and they retired before the car could be broken in. Roberta married promoter and fellow racer Tod Mack and the couple became part owners of the International Hot Rod Association for a time. Two Texas ladies have also taken passes in fuel funny cars in the new decade. She showed that she could run low-nines in both cars while match racing mainly in the Illinois area. Another situation then presented itself: racers who competed in several similar categories each year.
Two of the Dodge trio would return in 1965 as the Guzler Chargers team, powered by supercharged, nitro-fuelled hemis, with direct drive; both crashed the same year. In 2013, following Coca-Cola's most recent extension of its sponsorship, the title sponsor was changed to. The Mustang was lost and Shirley was badly burned in a fire at Dragway 42 in Ohio. Hart, he said, agreed there were concerns. The odds are good that the team will be able to find someone else to drive her car this season, possibly her sister Brittany, who spent some time in a funny car last year while also piloting a top fuel dragster. Worldwide, however, many different body styles are used.
Racers like Barb Hamilton, Shirley Muldowney, Della Woods, and Paula Murphy became famous and some say infamous for their drag racing abilities and achievements. Watch the video above for more about this breakout star. Their final race appearance was at a , dragstrip, in July 1964. He almost made it six titles in seven years this season, but mechanical failure in the season finale at Homestead cost Johnson the title, eventually relegating him to a third-place season's finish. Gurney at times has been referred to as the greatest American driver to never win a championship, but ask any veteran driver, team owner or reporter, and Gurney would more than likely be on their own respective list of greatest American drivers of all time.
Della was successful at match racing throughout the early seventies, and then she retired from drag racing the first time. Hagan started the 2011 season strong with a runner-up finish in Pomona and the No. Bob Glidden, until just this year the winningest drag racer of all time, is listed number seven. In 1966, Mercury offered a revolutionary flopper-bodied Comet, as exemplified by Don Nicholson's , which clocked a 7. She stepped up to fuel funny cars from a Top Gas dragster in 1971.