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Don Nicholson (M) from Atlanta, Georgia USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 472 ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 2
"Eliminator I" Owned by Don Nicholson from Atlanta, Georgia USA Crew Chief: Earl Wade
'66 Mercury Comet by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Injected Nitro 427 Ford SOHC by Earl Wade with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.960 at Martin MI 9/17/66         1/4 Mile MPH: 176.40 at US 30 Indiana 8/21/66
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 67.89    Entry is 0.88053 times average ET and 1.08221 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: When the Ford Motor Company commissioned Logghe Stamping Company to build four Mercury Comets, drag racing would change forever. The four Comets, raced by Don Nicholson, Ed Schartman, Jack Chrisman, and Kenz & Leslie, were far ahead of the competition in technology. They were even ahead of fellow FoMoCo racers who were racing Holman-Moody Mustangs. The three had everybody else catching up to them in 1966. The best known of these four funny cars was Don Nicholson's "Eliminator I." The Comet's debut was less than graceful when the body came unlatched and flew off. Ford engineers burned the damaged body on the spot. The car was fixed and the "Eliminator I" went on a tear. In 1966, Nicholson was able to hold off the heavier stock bodied cars despite using an injected engine. A several hundred pound weight advantage clearly helped, but it having Earl Wade tuning for him did not hurt. This was the first funny car into the 7 second zone with a 7.96 at Martin (info from Dennis Doubleday and Bill Duke). Additional note: This was the first Nicholson race car with an automatic (C-6 Ford). He preferred a stick, but period accounts report the centrally located drivers seat made it physically impractical to mount a manual shifter on the tunnel. | Classified S/XS due to Extreme light weight, despite not being supercharged. | This was the future of funny car. | As mentioned above, the tube-framed Comet debuted at Irwindale for the AHRA Winternationals. When the car made a run, the wind pushed against the body and the latch holding it in place released. The body came loose at 159 mph and flew into the air. Don was OK if not a little bit embarrassed. Good things were soon to come. The Comet returned to competition with the latch reversed and soon changed the face of FC racing forever. On April 3 he faced Ronnie Sox for a best three out of five match at Cecil County. Don won the first race with a 9.50-155.97 over Sox's 9.62-148. Sox came back to win the second race with a 9.18-153 over "Dyno's" missed shift 13.84-47.36. Don ran his first ever "eight" as his 8.94-157.61 beat Sox in the third race. To wrap things up, a track record 8.77-160.42 won the fourth race over a fouling Sox. On April 23 he beat Cecil Yother three straight at Lassiter Raceway. The MPH clocks were out but Nicholson's times were 8.60, 8.82, and 8.91. He ran against Cecil County again on May 7. Once again Don took the win. He won two straight with runs of 8.65-166.66 and 8.67-166.06. A week later (May 14), he was at Cordova for a best of three match against Arnie Beswick's Pontiac. Don won the first round when he limped through with a broken transmission. Arnie pulled a wheelstand and busted his oil pan. In the second race, Don's 8.85-149.25 beat Beswick who stood it up on two wheels again. Just for good measure, Don won the third race with a 8.81 when Arnie broke a trans. On May 21 he faced the "Mr. Norm Dodge driven by Ron O'Donnell at US 131 Martin, Michigan. Don won two straight when O'Donnell fouled in the first race and in the second race, "Dyno's" 8.78-164 won when Ron shut off. The next day (May 22), he faced Doug Thorley's Nova at the same track (US 131). Don again won two straight with an 8.99-159 best. Nicholson went to Union Grove on May 27 for the Olympics of Drag Racing event. He won easily, running 8.85's at 163 to take the win. Beswick got a rematch at Detroit on June 11. Once again the Comet was too strong, winning three straight with times of 8.61-165.13, 8.62-165.13, and a solo of 8.57-166.66. Sox also got a rematch. It was a best of five at Aquasco on June 26. It did not go well for Sox as "Dyno" won three straight. Ronnie was running a full second slower than the Comet. The first race saw Don's 8.58-163.63 beat Sox at 9.42. The second race had Don set an 8.37 track record at 163.63 over Sox's 9.53-117, and Don reset the track record in the third race with an 8.35-166.97 over Ronnie's 9.66-148. The car was pretty much unbeatable in match races. Dick Landy gave it a try on July 16 at US 131 in a best two out of three. Don set an 8.56 track record at 150 in the first race when Landy shut off with a blown water hose. In the second race, Dick fouled and Nicholson won with an 8.78-161. In the third race, Don made it three in a row with an 8.68-165 beating Landy's 8.94-154. On July 30, Don took a loss when he blew a transmission in the final against Mike Buckel in the "Ramchargers" Dart at Cecil County for the CARS Magazine Super Stock International. On August 14, Don faced off against Maynard Rupp's "Chevoom," a Hemi powered Chevelle. It was a best of three at National Trail. Don once again won three straight but the competition was getting closer. In the first round, the Comet's 8.41-168.42 beat Rupp's 8.83-150. The second race saw Don's 8.47-170.70 beat the Chevelle's 8.74-163. And in the final race, "Dyno" set an 8.29 track record at 170.12 over Rupp's 8.70-164. Landy got another shot at Nicholson at Alton on August 20. Don won three straight, running times a half second quicker than Landy's Dart. Don ran 8.56-159.01, an 8.53-171.75 against Dick's best of 8.97-146, and 8.42-156.52 to win the match. Then the two met again at Gary Indiana's US 30 the next day (August 21). Dick even managed to win the first race with an 8.83-166 beating Nicholson's out of shape 8.87-166.64. But Don came back to win the next two races and the match running 8.65-169.19 and a track record 8.43-176.40. At the NHRA US Nationals at Indianapolis, Nicholson ran times of 8.41 and 8.31 in time trials. He lost to Ed Schartman in the final for the S/XS class. Don Gay was Don's next victim. The two met up at Cecil County on Sept 10 for a best of three match. "Dyno" won the first race with an 8.28 but he lost the second when the Comet broke a rear end. He came back to win the third race and the match with an 8.33-169.59. On Sept 17, history was made when Don beat teammate Schartman in a best of three at US 131. Nicholson ran a 7.96-169.10 while winning the match. It was the first seven second run for a stock bodied automobile. A week later Don was at Capitol facing off with Landy again. The times were getting closer. Don won the first race with a 8.48-172.74 to Landy's 9.05-163. The second race and the match race win went to Nicholson when he beat Landy's 8.82-170 with an 8.70-152.02. Don blew a head gasket on this run and was unable to run the third race. Dick ran a solo pass of 8.55-172. Nicholson got beat in a match race on Oct 8 at Green Valley by Don Gay. Nicholson won the first race when Gay crossed the centerline but in the second race,"Dyno" broke a throttle cable and Gay took the win. In the last race, Gay put a holeshot on the Comet that even a track record 8.68 failed to beat. On Oct 9, Don faced a newcomer to the FC ranks, Larry Reyes in a funny looking Barracuda called the "Kingfish" with a blown fuel burning Hemi. The two locked horns at Wichita, Texas, for a best two out of three match. Don won two straight with a best of 8.59-164 while Reyes best was 8.95. Gay and Nicholson had a rematch at Houston on Oct 22. This time "Dyno" won two straight running a track record 8.55-168.81.
Submitted by Barb Santucci, Last updated on Friday, December 9, 2016, 01:11:37 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Courtesy of Gary Dyer Gary Dyer (M) from Chicago, Illinois USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 398 ) 1965 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/FX, Div: 3
"Mr. Norm's Grand-Spaulding Dodge" Owned by Norm Kraus from Chicago, Illinois USA Crew Chief: Norm Kraus
'65 Dodge Coronet by Dick Branstner/Roger Lindamood | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.630 at Lions, 10-65         1/4 Mile MPH: 163.63 at Lions, 10-65 (2/66 Super Stock & Drag Illustrated)
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1965 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 73.56    Entry is 0.88604 times average ET and 1.09087 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1965 Records: 1/4 Mile: 8.630 ET, 178.92 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1965 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.740 ET, 150.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1965 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.318 ET, 141.24 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: In 1965, funny cars were gaining popularity across the country. A lot of drag racers and fans alike regarded the funny car, FX cars as "circus" acts and not real race cars. The car that changed a lot of peoples' opinions on funny cars was the Mr. Norm's Grand-Spaulding Dodge. When Norm Kraus and Gary Dyer brought the former Roger Lindamood factory altered wheelbase car to Lions in 1965, the team was not known outside of the Midwest. Dyer then ran 8.63 at Lions, and it went down as one of the great runs in history. The other new funny cars had just broken into the eights. This run and the many victories put Gary Dyer into the headlines. Car sold to Chris Fairly in 1966, repossessed by Norm Kraus, and sold to new owner in Texas. (Photo from Gary Dyer. Info from Gary Dyer, James Ibusuki.) | 1965 acid-dipped A/FX (former Roger Lindamood Color Me Gone) -- Gary Dyer
Submitted by Barb Santucci, Last updated on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 10:34:16 AM by Barb Santucci.
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Puredrag Steve Arnie Beswick (M) from Morrison, Illinois USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 397 ) 1965 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/FX, Div: 3
"Mystery Tornado / GTO By Pontiac" Owned by Arnie Beswick from Morrison, Illinois USA Crew Chief: Arnie Beswick
'64 Pontiac GTO by Factory | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 421 Pontiac by Arnie Beswick with 4 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.630 at Rockford, Ill. (9/18/65 Drag News)         1/4 Mile MPH: 163.00 at Rockford, Ill. (9/19/65 Drag News)
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1965 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 72.47    Entry is 0.88604 times average ET and 1.08667 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1965 Records: 1/4 Mile: 8.630 ET, 178.92 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1965 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.740 ET, 150.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1965 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.318 ET, 141.24 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Steel GTO with factory frame. Along with Chrisman's Comet, Mr. Norm's AWB '65 Dodge and a handful of others, Beswick's blown Mystery Tornado match racer prompted Super Stock & Drag Illustrated to ask whether "we may see a return of the fuel coupe and sedan type racing, so popular in the early days of drag racing." -- RT | Built during the 1964 season when Jack Chrisman and the Dodge Chargers factory teams were grabbing headlines, this car also had the only set of aluminum 1964 GTO fenders Pontiac ever made according to Arnie. Beswick found the car so popular that he dropped his new A/FX Mercury sponsorship deal midway through the '65 season rather than park the Tornado. After building the 1963 Tameless Tiger Tempest, the chassis was sold to a circle track team in the Quad Cities region and was subsequently destroyed. The lightweight panels from the car were lost in a well-publicized fire at Beswick's farm. -- GS
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Monday, December 14, 2015, 03:55:56 PM by Geoff Stunkard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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© Pete Gemar Emery Cook (M) from San Diego, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/US, Div: 2
"Don Garlits Dart 2" Owned by Don Garlits from Seffner, Florida USA Crew Chief: Don Garlits
'66 Dodge Dart by Don Garlits | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 8.050 at St. Petersburg, Fla. 10/66         1/4 Mile MPH: 200.44 at St. Petersburg, Fla. 10/66
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 95.82, MPH 100.0    Entry is 0.89049 times average ET and 1.22969 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Blown fuel, late hemi, direct drive dragster-style funny. 200" chassis with 18' long Dart roadster body draped over it. Driver Emery Cook sat in the trunk, slingshot-style. Constructed by Garlits after the rear-engine Dart Charger he purchased from Dick Branstner (later renamed, repainted the Polka Dart, later yet renamed and repainted one final time as Garlits Dart) was destroyed in crash at Detroit. This "funnier-than-most" car became the first ultra-stock to crack the 200-mph barrier with an 8.03-200.44 blast at St. Petersburg, Fla. in mid-October '66. -- RT
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Monday, May 13, 2013, 09:58:19 AM by Bill McLauchlan.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Frank Oglesby (M) from Acworth, Georgia USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 232 ) 1965 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 3
"Tameless Tiger" Owned by Arnie Beswick from Morrison, Illinois USA Crew Chief: Arnie Beswick
'64 Pontiac GTO by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by 421 Pontiac with 3 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.725 at Ubly, Michigan 1965         1/4 Mile MPH: 166.00 at Ubly, Michigan 1965
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1965 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 95.71, MPH 77.66    Entry is 0.89579 times average ET and 1.10667 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1965 Records: 1/4 Mile: 8.630 ET, 178.92 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1965 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.740 ET, 150.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1965 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.318 ET, 141.24 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Frank Oglesby at the wheel.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Monday, September 27, 2010, 08:39:20 PM by Danny White.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Larry Reyes (M) from Memphis, Tennessee USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 143 ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: Match Race, Div: 2
"King Fish" Owned by Bill Coleman from Memphis, Tennessee USA Crew Chief: Larry Reyes
'65 Plymouth Barracuda by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by 426 Chrysler Hemi with 3 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.160 at 1966         1/4 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 90.73, MPH 00.00    Entry is 0.90265 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Had an 8.16 best for '66. Reyes was at Lakeland for a best two out of three match race against Don Gay in April. In the first race, he set a 9.02 track record but he wasted it with a foul start giving Gay the win. To make matters worse, he lost the second race as well, giving the match to Gay. The two had a rematch on May 1 at Aquasco. Once again Reyes had problems when in the first round he lost a rear end. In the second race, he ran a 9.48-149.75 that lost to Don's 9.32-152. That gave Don the match race win. It was a while later, but on July 23, Reyes was able to take one back at Houston. He was racing Roy Gay and in the first race, Larry's 9.61-146.81 beat a crossed up Roy. In the second race, the Pontiac's transmission let go and Reyes took the match with a 9.55-140.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Saturday, August 20, 2016, 12:29:03 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Connie Swingle (M) from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"AMT Piranha" Owned by Walt Stevens from California USA Crew Chief: Joe Anahory
'66 AMT Piranha by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by 392 Chrysler Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 8.180 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 196.92 at Drag News East vs West event 10/66
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 89.81, MPH 95.29    Entry is 0.90487 times average ET and 1.20810 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Project car, rear-engine. Chris Martin cites Swingle's best times at 8.29, 196.92 in October 1966. Where was the 8.18 run?
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 02:41:55 PM by Ron Thums.
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Paul Hutchins Tom McEwen (M) from Long Beach, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1965 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Plymouth Dealers Assn. / Hemi Cuda" Owned by Tom McEwen from Long Beach, California USA Crew Chief:
1965 Plymouth Barracuda by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Plymouth Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 8.820 at Lions Drag Strip, Calif., 1965 (February 1966 Super Stock & Drag Illustrated)         1/4 Mile MPH: 178.92 at Unknown
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1965 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 91.43, MPH 100.0    Entry is 0.90554 times average ET and 1.19280 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1965 Records: 1/4 Mile: 8.630 ET, 178.92 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1965 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.740 ET, 150.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1965 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.318 ET, 141.24 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Rear-engine blown fuel. This replaced the Cuda he crashed earlier in the year. Car was sold to Fred Goeske in 1966. Photo is actually early 1966, but reflects the late 1965 2nd car. Don Montgomery's "Dragster and Funny Car Memories" book quotes unattributed times of 8.88-178.92. Per Chris Martin, Tom ran 8.82-171 at Lions on the night that Dyer ran the great 8.63.
Submitted by Dennis Doubleday, Last updated on Monday, October 31, 2016, 10:15:43 PM by Dennis Doubleday.
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© Tom West Kenny Bernstein (M) from Richardson, Texas USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 404 / 1) 1986 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 4
"Budweiser King" Owned by Kenny Bernstein from Richardson, Texas USA Crew Chief: Dale Armstrong
'85 Ford Tempo by Mike Kase | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 500 Keith Black Hemi by Dale Armstrong with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.425 at Texas Motorplex, Ennis 9/25/86         1/4 Mile MPH: 271.41 at Indy Nats 9/86
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1986 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 100.0    Entry is 0.90568 times average ET and 1.12185 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1986 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.425 ET, 271.41 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1986 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.990 ET, 241.93 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1986 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.505 ET, 223.18 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Long Nose 85-86. First lock-up clutch at Indy resulted in best ever times of 5.509 at 271.41, which were not backed up for records. Hit the first 5.40s with a 5.425 low qualifier at the Ennis Chiefs which was not backed up as a record. However, a 5.543 at Ennis was backed up as the new record. Ran 266.66 and 265.17 at 86 Chiefs.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:40:06 PM by Steve Klemetti.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Jim Liberman (M) from Mountain View, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Jungle Jim" Owned by Jim Liberman from Mountain View, California USA Crew Chief: Jim Liberman
'66 Chevrolet Chevy II by Jim Liberman | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Chevrolet by Jim Liberman with 3 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.190 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 177.86 at Unknown
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 89.34, MPH 69.84    Entry is 0.90597 times average ET and 1.09117 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: First Jungle Jim FC was a steel body that ran off the end of Fremont. 2220 lbs. 110" box tube AWB. Liberman started 1966 in "Hercules" Chevy II, then teamed with Lew Arrington on "Brutus" GTO, then debuted this Chevy II late in 1966. These stats are on fuel, but ran alky in car to begin with. August 1970 Car Craft interview says car ran a best of 8.19-182 in 1966, but that sounds more like 1967. I've found an 8.48-169.54. End of year for sale ad claims 8.19, 177.86 best, so that is the winning combo until further info is found.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Sunday, October 21, 2012, 02:16:23 PM by Danny White.
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Michael Beach Johnny West (M) from Chandler, Arizona USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 7066 ) 1986 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Hawaiian Punch" Owned by Roland Leong from Diamond Bar, California USA Crew Chief: Roland Leong
'86 Dodge Daytona by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 500 JP-1 Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.427 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 268.65 at Unknown
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1986 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 99.81, MPH 95.31    Entry is 0.90601 times average ET and 1.11045 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1986 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.425 ET, 271.41 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1986 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.990 ET, 241.93 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1986 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.505 ET, 223.18 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Photo from Indy 1986. Need to verify these times for 1986 (match race at Englishtown?) Seem very quick and our 1987 entry cites a 5.54 as Johnny's career best? Ran a world beating 5.588, 263.62 at Pomona Winters 85 that Bernstein eclipsed with a 5.559 at Rockingham Fall.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11:16:24 PM by Curt Swartz.
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Ed McCulloch (M) from Fresno, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 612 ) 1989 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Miller High Life" Owned by Larry Minor from Hemet, California USA Crew Chief: Bernie Fedderly
'89 Oldsmobile Cutlass by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 484 Keith Black Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 5.132 at Texas Motorplex 10/07/89         1/4 Mile MPH: 280.89 at Texas Motorplex 10/07/89
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1989 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 90.02    Entry is 0.90655 times average ET and 1.08914 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1989 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.132 ET, 286.62 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1989 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.661 ET, 257.90 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1989 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.171 ET, 236.77 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Ed also ran 5.188 that same day. The 5.132 was not bettered until March 1992. This photo from Columbus 1988. Confirmed 277.17 at Memphis 89. Need to confirm the Ennis 280.89. Ed started the '89 season by qualifying #3 at Pomona for the NHRA Winternationals with a 5.36-276.58. He lost to Mark Oswald in the first round. At the next event, the NHRA Supernationals at Houston, he ran a 5.34-272.89 to qualify #7. Once again Ed got taken out by Oswald, but this time it was in round two where Mark's 5.38 nipped McCulloch's 5.40. He had some luck on his side at the NHRA Gatornationals. A 5.39-268.89 qualified #5 but that was the best he would run at Gainesville. He beat a tire smoking Scott Kalitta in the first round, and a second round 6.47 beat a tire smoking R.C. Sherman. In the semifinal, a 9.76-68 mph run advanced when Art Hendey broke on the line. In the final, Ed took the victory with a 19.70-70.94 beat Bruce Larson fouled. On April 23 he was in Atlanta for the NHRA Southern Nationals. A 5.45-270.75 qualified #3 but he lost to Sherman in the first round. From there it was off to Memphis for the NHRA Mid-South Nationals where he ran a 5.41-274.97 to qualify #7. He beat Paul Smith in the first round and a 5.55 took out Tony McCallum's 5.60 in round two. But in the semifinal, he shut off to a 10.00 loss to Kenny Bernstein. He made it into the semifinals of the next event as well, the NHRA Cajun Nationals. There he had qualified #6 with a 5.55-268.73. He got revenge on Oswald in round two, beating him with a 5.46-269 to Mark's 5.57. But in the semifinal, John Martin beat Ed. He went to Bristol for the IHRA Springnationals, and while he didn't make the final, he did set low ET at 5.45. At the NHRA Springnationals, he qualified #6 with a 5.36-269.70 but he lost to Johnny West in the first round. Another first round loss came at the NHRA Grandnationals in Canada. He had qualified #4 with a 5.52-265.17 but a first round 6.34-163 lost to Hendey's 5.63-260. McCulloch made the final at the NHRA Summernationals in July. A 5.30 qualified #2. He beat Mike Dunn in the first round and a 5.56-268 beat Larson's quicker 5.50 in round two. In the semifinals, a 5.64-262 beat a tire smoking Don Gay Jr. In the final he ran Bernstein. A 5.50 by McCulloch came in second best to Kenny's 5.41. In the thin air of Denver, for the NHRA Mile High Nationals, Ed ran 5.65-252.24 to qualify #4. He beat Don Prudhomme in the first round and a 5.72-250 beat Tom Hoover in round two,but a semifinal 5.91 fell to Larson's 5.54. The eleventh race on the NHRA schedule was the California Nationals. A 5.38-275.31 qualified Ed #2. He made it into the semifinal before losing to Oswald's 5.49-267 with a quicker 5.47-270.92. The NHRA Seafair Nationals was the next race. Ed qualified #7 with a 5.35-274.39 but a first round 5.98-222.82 lost to Jim Murphy. Poor Ed hadn't won a race since March and the team was overdue. Things finally came together on Aug 20 at the NHRA Northstar Nationals. McCulloch got his first pole of the year with a 5.42-267.53. He set a 5.37 track record at 270.27 in the first round and a second round 5.45-270.02 beat Sherman's 5.51-263. In the semifinal, a 5.42-268.25 beat upstart Larry Camenzind, and for the win he faced off with Larson. It was Ed's driving that got the victory, as he pulled a holeshot and his 5.55-266.90 beat Bruce's quicker 5.51-264.
Submitted by Curt Swartz, Last updated on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 08:31:58 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Mike Ditty Jack Chrisman (M) from Long Beach, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1967 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Jack Chrisman's Kendall GT-1" Owned by Jack Chrisman from Long Beach, California USA Crew Chief: Jack Chrisman
1966 Mercury Comet by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Ford SOHC with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.600 at Indy Nationals 67         1/4 Mile MPH: 190.67 at Indy Nationals 67
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1967 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 82.51    Entry is 0.90692 times average ET and 1.10533 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1967 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.600 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 151.00 MPH   
1967 Average: 1/4 Mile: 8.380 ET, 172.50 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 7.050 ET, 143.45 MPH
1967 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 9.160 ET, 157.81 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 7.380 ET, 137.04 MPH
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Notes: Jack Chrisman got one of four original Logghe-built Comets in 1966. Jack took his proven blown 427 Cammer out of the 1965 Comet to run in the new flip top car, unlike Nicholson and Schartman, who ran injected motors. In 1966, it seemed that the four lightweight Comets dominated the funny car competition like no other cars. Chrisman's high point in his funny car career was his 7.60, 190.27 run at Indy in 1967. No other car ran in the sevens during qualifying. That run was light years ahead of the competition. Chrisman's career cooled by the end of the decade. | Won the "light" (2000 lbs.) funny car category at the 4th Hot Rod Magazine Championships at Riverside CA in April 1967.
Submitted by Barb Santucci, Last updated on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 01:26:39 PM by Lana Chrisman.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Don Nicholson (M) from Atlanta, Georgia USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1967 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 2
"Eliminator II" Owned by Don Nicholson from Atlanta, Georgia USA Crew Chief: Earl Wade
'67 Mercury Comet by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Ford SOHC by Earl Wade with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.605 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 190.66 at Unknown
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: 7.050 at Greensboro 4/30/67    1/8 Mile MPH: 151.00 at Greensboro 4/30/67
Entry's 1967 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 99.67, MPH 82.49    Entry is 0.90752 times average ET and 1.10528 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 50.00, MPH 100.0 Entry is 1.00000 times average ET and 1.05263 times average MPH
1967 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.600 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 151.00 MPH   
1967 Average: 1/4 Mile: 8.380 ET, 172.50 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 7.050 ET, 143.45 MPH
1967 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 9.160 ET, 157.81 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 7.380 ET, 137.04 MPH
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Notes: Ran 7.60 with blown Robinson SOHC Ford. C-6 auto trans. Also ran 7.89, 178. Also 8.17, 181.08 at OCIR Mfg. Meet 11-25-67. | After a year of fine-tuning the Comet, the '67 version pretty much owned the class with the exception of Ed Schartman's late season run in a similar Comet. He started the season by qualifying first with an 8.42-169.70 (low ET and top speed) at the Irwindale New Year's FC race on Jan 2. He ran strong, hitting an 8.43-168.22 in the semifinal while beating Charlie Allen's Dart. In the final, he polished off Hayden Proffitt's 8.79-158 Corvair with an 8.47 at an early shut off 140.13. This was just the first of many wins for the year. At the Fontana FC show on Jan 7, eight spots were available and 42 cars fought to get into the show. Once again the "Eliminator II" Comet qualified first. This time an 8.01 (low ET) got the spot. He beat Al Vanderwoulde's out of shape Dart in the first round with an 8.43-130.43, and in the semifinals, he soloed with an 8.26-147.54 when Dick Loehr's Mustang fired to fire. In the final, he whupped Ray Alley's 8.52-178 'Cuda with an 8.08-172.41. Then came another victory on Jan 29 at the AHRA Winternationals. He was running in the "unlimited" FC class. "Dyno" ran 8.32-170 in the first round and an 8.35-172.08 (top speed) in the semifinals over Don Gay. In the final, it was the two Logghe-built Comets of Nicholson and Schartman. Don took the win with an 8.26 (low ET) at 171.75 over Eddie's 8.48-169. Nicholson won the Bakersfield meet on Feb 19 beating Ron Runyan's "Blue Hell" Corvette in the final with an 8.21-172.09 (low ET and top speed). He was running lots of match races between meets and doing well. He beat "Mr. Norm" two straight at Green Valley early in March with two 8.2 runs. On March 26 he was at Paradise Drag Strip and was forced to use his '66 car since his '67 Comet had been damaged. It was a 1,000 ft track and even with the old car he beat Arnie Beswick two straight. To be fair, Arnie had problems, broken fuel tank, and a blown rear end but "Dyno" ran a hard to beat 6.38 in his first race solo run. After the first two races, it was discovered that Don broke a valve spring so Beswick soloed to a third race win with a 6.89. On April 2 he faced Don Gay at Aquasco in a best two out of three match race. Don won two straight running 8.53-160.00 and 8.39-167.91. A week later (April 9) he was at Cecil County running Dave Strickler. The track record going into the match race was an 8.37 held by Nicholson himself. In the first race, an 8.27-166.97 beat a fouling Strickler. In the second race, Don reset the track record to an 8.17-172.08 over the Corvette's 8.83-161. For the final race, the track officials gave Strickler a half-second handicap. Dave ran his best time ever (to this point), an 8.73-162 to beat the Comet's 8.24-166.05. Nicholson still won the match. Tommy Grove cut his own throat on April 30 when Nicholson pulled into Greensboro for their match race with a blown transmission. Grove borrowed Don a Trans and Nicholson beat Tommy's Mustang two straight with runs of 7.12-151 and 7.05 on the 1/8 mile track. The 7.05 and the 151 were new track records. On May 10, Don lost a car at Cecil County's Factory Showdown. He had beaten Jim Osteen driving Don Gay's GTO in the first round with an 8.34-171. In the second round, the "Ramchargers" Dart failed to fire so Don got a solo. The solo pass didn't go so well as the car became airborne near the end of the run and the body ripped off. Don and the chassis ended up in a marsh that ran along the shutdown area of the track. He was OK but the Comet was not. The first thing he asked the rescue workers was "what did I run?" He had run an 8.04 low ET of the meet.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Monday, October 31, 2016, 10:20:14 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Danny Ongais (M) from Carlsbad, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 799 ) 1969 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Mickey Thompson's Mach 1" Owned by Mickey Thompson from El Monte, California USA Crew Chief: Amos Satterlee
1969 Ford Mustang by Pat Foster | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Ford SOHC with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 6.960 at Kansas City 9/14/69         1/4 Mile MPH: 207.00 at 1969
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1969 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 81.70    Entry is 0.90862 times average ET and 1.07477 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1969 Records: 1/4 Mile: 6.960 ET, 215.31 MPH    1000 Ft. 5.970 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 173.00 MPH   
1969 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.660 ET, 192.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.200 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.005 ET, 151.80 MPH
1969 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.360 ET, 176.47 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.335 ET, 142.41 MPH
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Notes: Danny Ongais had gained fame as a top-ranked dragster driver. Mickey Thompson was well known as a racer, track operator, and car owner. In 1969, the pair debuted a new lightweight transition style chassis Mustang. Pat Foster built the blue 427 SOHC powered Mustang as well as a red twin that he drove himself. The team was awesome that year. They won many national events with the car and Ongais ran a reported 6.96, 204.73. The team only lasted two years. Foster crashed in Dallas and Ongais went on to different rides by the end of 1970. The state of the art Mustang was outdated by 1970 due to the new, lighter, dragster style chassis other teams were debuting. Confirmed 7.37 at OCIR in 9-69, 204 at Indy 9-69 per DragStats. (Photo provided by Drag Racing Memories. Info from Dennis Doubleday). Video link cites 6.96, 207 bests for 1969. Confirmed 7.22 at Rockingham. | This was the car to beat in '69. Ford money, one of the best crew chiefs/mechanics ever in Amos Satterlee who knew his way around the complex SOHC Ford motor, and master handler Ongais behind the wheel. This was the second car in a two-car team put together by Mickey Thompson. This was the blue car while Pat Foster handled the red one. The cars debuted at the AHRA Winternationals in primer wearing only a large Mickey Thompson decal on the doors. Right off the bat, the cars showed promise with Ongais qualifying ninth and beating Don Schumacher in the first round and Ray Alley in the second before losing to Dick Harrell's 7.75 in the semifinal. At the NHRA Winternationals, the tricky Pomona track gave the team some problems and they failed to qualify. Ongais rebounded nicely by qualifying third with a 7.62-176.47 at the second OCIR All-Pro on Feb 9, but he failed to make it into the finals. The first win came the following week on Feb 16 at Las Vegas for the Stardust Open. He beat Steve Bovan in the first round with a 7.59-189.47 and in the semis, a 7.88-193.96 beat Schumacher. In the final he was paired up against his teammate Pat Foster in the other MT car. He set both ends of the track record in the final with a 7.51-199.11 taking the victory. Then came the Bakersfield March Meet where a 7.63 qualified first. His first round 7.80-196.07 beat Dave Beebe's 7.97-185 in the Super Chief. Tom McEwen set top speed while losing to Danny in the semifinal, with a 7.78-196.73 losing to the Mustang's 7.70-195.65. In the final, he met Rich Siroonian and won again with a 7.56 (low et) at 193.54. Another win came the following week on March 9 at the Sears Point National Open where he again had low et (7.62) and top speed (195.64) before beating Marv Eldridge in the final. At the HRM Championships on March 16 at Riverside, he again ran well by qualifying first with a 7.60. He improved to a low et of the meet 7.50-180.00 over Roger Wolford in the first round, but the car broke while taking the win. Wolford was reinstated with the break rule in effect. At the final OCIR All-Pro race on March 29, a 7.58-193.96 qualified first. An even better 7.53-192.70 beat Randy Walls in the first round. In the semifinal, both he and Schumacher ran 7.71 but Don had crossed the centerline advancing Ongais into the final against Charlie Allen. A blown transmission ended Danny's chances for a win. On April 13, Irwindale held an eight car show and once again Ongais qualified on top of the heap with a 7.48 that held for low et. A first round 7.63-184.80 beat Walls, and Clyde Morgan lost a transmission against him in the semis giving Danny a single into the final. In the final, a 7.88-191.08 beat Steve Bovan's 8.19-182 Camaro. A sixteen car show was held at Irwindale on April 26 where Ongais qualified first with a 7.48-181.08. In the first round, he set a 7.30 track record at just 177.86 over Bob Pickett. In round two, a 7.47-191.48 beat Ray Alley, and another 7.47 over Morgan put him in the final. In the final, a 7.37-193.54 beat Mike Van Sant's 8.01-181 in the Invader. At the second annual Manufacturer's FC Open at OCIR on May 3, a 7.45-191.88 qualified first on the four-car Ford team. The 7.45 was also good for low et of the meet. In the first round, a 7.55-192.30 beat Siroonian's 7.61-194. Mike Van Sant took a win over the Mustang when Ongais lost a motor on the line in round two. With a new engine in place, a third round 8.20-161 beat the Psycho. At this meet the two lowest et cars raced for the overall win. In the final he faced Siroonian again and a 7.88-188 took the win as Rich's 'Cuda broke. Ongais finished runner-up to Gas Ronda at an FC show at Fremont in May. On June 8, he qualified second with a 7.64 at Bristol for the AHRA Springnationals. He won the race when the low et and top speed of the meet (7.52-202.70) car of Leonard Hughes fouled against him in the final. Danny motored to a 7.78 for the win. The team had a major blow at the NHRA Springnationals, the MT teams had qualified one and two with Pat Foster's amazing 7.35 (track record) at 199.55 leading while Ongais followed with a 7.47-189. In the first round, Foster's car veered into Gerry Schwartz's car and crashed, killing Gerry and totalling both cars. Ongais went on to win the race running 7.77-173.07 and 7.64-190.27 in the first two rounds. In the semi's, Ray Alley fouled and Ongais ran a 7.57 to advance to the final against Tom McEwen. In the final, McEwen broke a rear end and a 7.63-191.89 gave Danny another win. On June 21, it was on to Lions for the AHRA Grand American Championships. Ongais reset the AHRA FC record to a 7.35 in qualifying as well as top speed of the meet at 198.97. He beat Larry Fullerton in the first round with a 7.36-196.07 and a 7.40-193.96 beat Gordon Mineo in the semifinal. He was to meet Mike Van Sant for the money, but the race was never run due to the late hour. At Irwindale's Fourth of July race, a 7.44 qualified first and in the semifinal he set low et and top speed with a 7.39-198.66 over Van Sant's 7.60-194 in the Invader. In the final, he beat Fullerton with a 7.43-192.70. The next day (July 5) he went to OCIR for the second annual Nitro Championships where he qualified first with a 7.52, ran a first round 7.40, beat Ronda's 7.84-195 with a 7.49-191.48 in round two, and in the semi's a 7.62-200.00 beat Clyde Morgan's 7.78-187. In the final, he met Fullerton again. A low et and top speed of the meet (7.35-200.44) won the race over Larry's 7.88-183. The following week saw more of the same for the competition. At Irwindale's Race with a Reason on July 12, Ongais won again. About the only new news was that he didn't qualify first. He ran a first round 7.50-178.75 solo pass when Leroy Hales broke on the line. In the semifinal, a 7.42 (low et) at-192.72 beat Van Sant. In the final, Dave Beebe, driving John Mazmanian's 'Cuda broke and Danny ran a 7.78-188.66 for the win. Right around this time the Mustang was reworked with the SOHC motor moved back farther in the chassis and raised slightly. First time out with the new configuration was on July 19 at OCIR for the PDA Championships. A 7.63 qualified the team second to Beebe's 7.56. Both cars made their way to the final, with Beebe hitting a meet's best of 7.38 along the way. Danny was running 7.6's with the best being a 7.61. In the final Ongais picked it up to a 7.55-193.54 but lost to Beebe's 7.45-205. This was the first time the Mustang was outrun in competition since the Winternationals. On July 26, the team ran at the Irwindale FC Open and Danny got beat again. He qualified second and beat Warren Gunter who had driveline problems in the first round. But in the semifinal, Ongais shut off with handling problems and Gas Ronda's 7.76-192 advanced to the final. At the three-day Super Stock Nationals, Danny won Saturday's FC race (even though the last rounds were run on Sunday). He beat Ed Schartman with a 7.75-193. He ran a match race against Bob Manion at Kansas City on August 17 and won all three races with a 7.56-191.08 best. AHRA held their World Championships at Green Valley on August 24. The MT team was there, running a first round 7.65 over Fritz Callier's 7.82. In the second round, he lost a motor in the eyes while losing to Siroonian who was back in uncle John's 'Cuda. Siroonian's chute failed on the run and his car was damaged. At Bristol for the AHRA All-American race, AHRA held an FC race in qualifying for the actual show that was to be run the next day. In that race, Danny singled with a 7.68-171.75 in the first round before beating Jim Maybeck with a 7.93 in the second round. He fouled against Ronnie Runyan in the semis. The next day for the actual race, he again made it as far as the semi's where both he and Jim Maybeck ran 7.89 but Jim got there first. Ongais took his biggest win of the year at the US Nationals. The team went through three engines in qualifying before getting in a 7.30 for #4. He followed the 'Cuda's of Hughes, Schumacher, and Siroonian. He improved on his time with a first round 7.26-201. In the second round, a 7.38 beat Kelly Chadwick, and in the most crowd-pleasing race of the FC eliminator, met Bruce Larson in the semifinals. Unfortunately, Bruce fouled away a 7.48 while Danny's 7.27 got into the final against Siroonian. In the final, Siroonian fouled away a 7.24-204 to let the Mustang take a 7.47-195.65 victory pass. The following week, on Sept 14, at a match race at Kansas City, Danny made four runs, a 7.21, 7.11 twice, and a 6.96 to become the first FC in the sixes. It was controversial, though, due to the fact that it was run at Kansas (later known for questionable times), and the fact that the car never again got near the sixes. The car usually ran 7.20's as best times. On Sept 20, Danny showed up at OCIR during the division seven points race and reset the NHRA FC records to 7.37-198.67. Two other funny cars were also trying for the record, Siroonian and Charlie Allen.
Submitted by Barb Santucci, Last updated on Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10:01:03 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Gary Southern (M) from Glendora, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 604 ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Stinger II" Owned by Roger Hardcastle & Pat Akins from Riverside, California USA Crew Chief: Pat Akins
'66 Kellison Astra by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by 392 Chrysler Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 8.215 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 192.30 at Unknown
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 88.19, MPH 89.12    Entry is 0.90874 times average ET and 1.17975 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: The Akins and Hardcastle Stinger II, driven by Gary Southern, was a Chrysler powered, direct drive, tube framed Kellison Astra kit car. Neither fish nor fowl, it ran in the funny car classes, the sports car classes, and the fuel altered classes. This car was one of the reasons that NHRA, when they instituted the Funny Car classes, specified "Production Bodies only." Hardcastle held the CC/FD record.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 12:26:33 AM by Ron Thums.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Jake Johnston (M) from Arlington, Texas USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 404 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 4
"Blue Max" Owned by Harry Schmidt from Dallas, Texas USA Crew Chief: Harry Schmidt
'70 Ford Mustang by Don Hardy | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi by Ramchargers with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 6.725 at OCIR Manufacturers FC Race 70         1/4 Mile MPH: 204.54 at OCIR Manufacturers FC Race 70
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1970 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 62.99    Entry is 0.90878 times average ET and 1.02727 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1970 Records: 1/4 Mile: 6.725 ET, 220.00 MPH    1000 Ft. 5.650 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1970 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.400 ET, 199.11 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.193 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1970 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.075 ET, 182.47 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Captured top honors at the famed Manufacturers Meet at Orange County International Raceway, where Johnston ran the lowest elapsed time in class history, 6.72, and, in the final, beat Rich Siroonian in Big John Mazmanian's Barracuda on a holeshot, 6.89 to 6.88. Also top speed at the 1970 Winternationals at 203.61. - Phil Burgess, NHRA
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J.R.Bloom 1-13-67 Drag News Dick Landy (M) from Sherman Oaks, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: Match Race, Div: 7
"Landy's Dodge" Owned by Dick Landy from Sherman Oaks, California USA Crew Chief: Dick Landy
1966 Dodge Dart by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi by Dick Landy with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 8.220 at (January 1970 Hot Rod)         1/4 Mile MPH: 188.00 at (January 1970 Hot Rod)
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 87.96, MPH 83.38    Entry is 0.90929 times average ET and 1.15337 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Blown fuel, as seen here. Tube AWB chassis. Landy, who spent some time behind the wheel of Shirley Shahan's "Drag On Lady" Plymouth in 1966, started 1966 in his 1965 Dodge, sold it and built this Dart. Started with normal wheelbase, then AWB'd it. Late in 1966, he aded this blower. Sold car in 1967 to Gene Kidder, who crashed the car in 1968.
Submitted by Dennis Doubleday, Last updated on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 04:50:03 PM by Dennis Doubleday.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Gene Snow (M) from Fort Worth, Texas USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 401 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 4
"Rambunctious" Owned by Gene Snow from Fort Worth, Texas USA Crew Chief: Gene Snow
'70 Dodge Challenger by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 KB Iron Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 6.740 at OCIR 70         1/4 Mile MPH: 218.44 at Lions 1970
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1970 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 98.88, MPH 96.26    Entry is 0.91081 times average ET and 1.09708 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1970 Records: 1/4 Mile: 6.725 ET, 220.00 MPH    1000 Ft. 5.650 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1970 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.400 ET, 199.11 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.193 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1970 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.075 ET, 182.47 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Crowerglide Direct Drive. Snow's 7.23, 208.71-mph run at the Dallas Int'l Motor Speedway-based Springnationals on May 3 was the first 200-mph run in NHRA Funny Car competition. He also went 211.26 at that event, but did not back it up. Set low ET and top speed at York at 7.23, 214.24. Snow also won three AHRA Grand American Series events, the AHRA Points Championship, and the AHRA Driver of the Year award. He concluded the year with a best run of 6.76, 218.44 at Lions Dragstrip. "We carried a spare motor the whole year and never had to use it," said Snow. "It was an extraordinary deal." - NHRA | Qualified fourth at NHRA Ontario 11-21-70 at 7.086, 203.61. 6.83 Suffolk
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Michael Beach Don Prudhomme (M) from Granada Hills, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 712 ) 1989 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Skoal Bandit" Owned by Don Prudhomme from Granada Hills, California USA Crew Chief: Mike Kloeber
'89 Pontiac Trans Am by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 500 Keith Black Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 5.157 at Ennis 89         1/4 Mile MPH: 279.67 at Maple Grove 89
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1989 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 97.63, MPH 87.89    Entry is 0.91097 times average ET and 1.08441 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1989 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.132 ET, 286.62 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1989 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.661 ET, 257.90 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1989 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.171 ET, 236.77 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Photo from Columbus 1989. Also 5.193 NR at 3/89 Houston Supernationals and 5.172 NR at Indy 89. | Don's last season driving an FC. He started the year by qualifying #12 with a 5.47-261.39 at the Winternationals at Pomona. In the first round, a 5.50-263.92 lost to Bruce Larson's 5.32-259. At Houston for the Supernationals, he ran a 5.19 (low ET) at 265.80 to qualify first. He lasted until round two when he smoked the tires and lost to Larson again. He qualified badly at the Gatornationals where a 5.52-261.09 was #15 on the list. He lost to Art Hendy in the first round. At the fourth NHRA event, the Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Don qualified #7 with a 5.50. He beat Scott Kalitta in round one and a 5.53-252.31 beat R.C. Sherman in round two. But another 5.53-250.62 lost to Mike Dunn's 5.48-263 in the semifinals. It was on to Memphis for the Mid-South Nationals and another semifinal finish. He had qualified #6 with a 5.38-266.74 and beat Sherman in round one and in round two, a 5.37-268 beat Art Hendey. In the semifinal, he should have won as his 5.39 was better than his opponent Mark Oswald's 5.41. But Oswald got him on the tree. He qualified first at the Cajun Nationals with a 5.38-264.55 and ran a first round solo when Sherman broke. He got one back from Larson in round two when his 5.44-261 beat Larson's 5.50. In the semifinals, both he and Dunn smoked the tires but Mike got the win. He qualified first again at National Trail with a 5.27-272.72 for the Springnationals. Unfortunately, he overpowered the track in the first round and smoked the tires to a loss against Tom Hoover. The next event was the Grandnationals in Canada. Prudhomme qualified #7 with a 5.57-257.51. In round one, a 5.72-256.99 beat Gary Densham's 5.79-242. He got another one over Larson in round two when Bruce broke. In the semifinals, a strong running Kenny Bernstein beat him with a 5.48-254 to Don's 5.73-231. The NHRA tour was at Englishtown for the ninth race of the season, the Summernationals. Prudhomme set a track record 5.27 in qualifying first. He was running good, making it into the semifinals against Bernstein before breaking just off the line in their semifinal race. At Denver, for the Mile High Nationals, Don helped save Don Gay Jr. in qualifying. Gay had hit the wall during a qualifying run and was knocked unconscious. The car continued down the track with the now bent in headers lighting the body on fire. It finally rolled to a stop but one of the pressurized fire bottles exploded, blowing the body into pieces. Gay was still unconscious. Prudhomme had been in the other lane on the run and he came to Gay's aid since he still had his fire suit on. He pulled Gay out of the car. In the actual race, the "Snake" qualified #12 with a 5.89-249.16 but lost to Ed McCulloch in the first round. Things went better at the next event, the California Nationals, where Don took his first win of the year. He set low ET and top speed in qualifying first with a 5.30-276.49. In the first round, another 5.30-268.65 beat Kalitta. In round two a 5.38-268.73 beat Jim White and in the semifinals he beat John Force with a 5.35-268.09. He stayed consistent in the final with a 5.32-272.64 taking the title over Oswald's 5.36-274. Seattle International was the next stop for the Seafair Nationals. He qualified #2 with a 5.33-271.98 but set low ET in the first round with a 5.29-271 over Tom Hoover. A second round 5.38-268.33 beat Force but a semifinal 5.40-263.77 lost to Bernstein's 5.34-276.
Submitted by Curt Swartz, Last updated on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10:46:53 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Don Prudhomme (M) from Granada Hills, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 712 ) 1975 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Army" Owned by Don Prudhomme from Granada Hills, California USA Crew Chief: Bob Brandt
'75 Chevrolet Monza by Foster & Hume | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 480 Keith Black Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.987 at Ontario Finals 75         1/4 Mile MPH: 241.53 at Ontario Finals 75
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: 4.220 at Lancaster 7/75    1/8 Mile MPH: 166.53 at Lancaster 7/75
Entry's 1975 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 100.0    Entry is 0.91196 times average ET and 1.11913 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 07.18 Entry is 0.94091 times average ET and 0.94079 times average MPH
1975 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.987 ET, 241.53 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.220 ET, 189.00 MPH   
1975 Average: 1/4 Mile: 6.565 ET, 215.82 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 4.485 ET, 177.01 MPH
1975 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 7.135 ET, 200.27 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 4.815 ET, 165.02 MPH
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Notes: Sunday Oct 12, 1975: The "Snake" makes history on a pit lane drag strip no less, at Ontario: 5.987 at 237.46 in the semis against Raymond Beadle at the Winston World Finals. Also went 241.53 for the sport's first 240 fuel FC. - Ricko. | Strange thing about the 241. It was not possible on the 3 decimal clocks of the day, which only displayed 241.28 and 241.93. It is likely that Prudhomme actually ran 241.93, but the clock was misread as 241.53. Inaugural member of the Cragar Five Second Funny Car Club. Won 6 of 8 NHRA National events in '75 - biggest loss was Indy to Beadle and the Blue Max. | Started the '75 season with the 'Cuda but the Monza debuted at Beeline for the AHRA Winternationals. Things didn't start so well for the Monza. First off, the tow rig broke down outside of Phoenix and had to be towed in. Then once it arrived, Don went to make the car's first pass ever and the rear end broke. After getting it fixed,he ran a 6.40 to qualify #3. He lasted until round two where the Monza got crossed up and lost to Billy Meyer driving Gene Snow's Vega. With the bad luck behind him, Don towed into Pomona for the Winternationals where he ran a 6.25-228.42 to qualify #2. In the first round, he beat Meyer's tire smoking 8.15 with a 6.39-189.87. In round two, a 6.37 beat Neil Leffler in Jim Terry's potent Mustang. In the semifinals, a 6.28-212.76 beat Charlie Therwhanger in Mickey Thompson's Grand Am. He picked up his first win of the year with the Monza with a 6.24-226.70 in the final over Mike Miller who broke in Jim Green's "Green Elephant" Vega. On March 2, Prudhomme shocked everyone when he laid down a 6.08-235.60 to qualify first at Famoso for the Bakersfield March Meet. The times were good for low ET and top speed as well as new track records. But after qualifying, his times weren't so good. He singled in the first round with an easy pass when Gary Burgin's Mustang II broke. In round two, a 6.51-212 beat Leroy Chadderton's quicker 6.48-222. A tire smoking 7.91 in the semifinals beat John Lombardo. And in the final, he ran a 7.17-141.28 to take the runner-up spot to Dale Pulde's 6.53-196 in the "Eastern Raider" Mustang II. At Gainesville for the Gatornationals, Don got the pole with a 6.39 (low ET) at 205.47. Tommy Grove's Mustang lost to Prudhomme's 6.61 in the first round and Tom Raley's Vega lost to the Monza's 6.53-198.23 in round two. A semifinal 6.87-167 advanced to the finals when Shirl Greer got out of shape. In the final, Don got his second NHRA national event win of the year with a 6.52-172.74 getting the win over Tom Prock whose "Custom Body" Dart broke a rear end. Portland held the Seattle Opener and Prudhomme made it into the final before losing to Ed McCulloch. At the NHRA Division Six Opener on May 31 at Seattle, Don qualified first, set low ET, and won the race over McCulloch who broke in the final. Don went 3 for 3 at NHRA's third national event of the year, the Springnationals at National Trail. He ran low ET and top speed in qualifying first and then ran 6.31-200.44 over Jim Liberman's 6.59, a 6.40-219.51 over Jim Nicoll's 6.56, and a 6.84 over Greer in the semifinals when they both smoked the tires. In the final he ran Raymond Beadle behind the wheel of the "Blue Max." It was an interesting final when the "Max" had its Mustang II body come unhinged and blow off shortly after leaving the line. Don went on to score a 6.46 victory. Beadle got back at Prudhomme at the third Division Three race at Cincinnati when he beat Don in the final with a 6.43-219 over the Monza's 7.19-147.29. He was runner-up at the NHRA Division One race at Maple Grove on June 21 as well. He qualified first with a 6.53 and made his way into the final to run Harlan Thompson in the "Fireball Vega. Harlan ran a low ET and top speed 6.36-222 to beat Prudhomme for the victory. He lost his first NHRA national event of the year at the Summernationals on July 13. He set Low ET in qualifying first with a 6.22-205.01. But in the first round he got crossed up and shut off to a 9.55-89.46 against Tom McEwen. Don wasn't down long as he picked up his fourth NHRA National event win of the season at the Grandnationals in Canada on August 16. Once again he qualified first with a 6.46-207.37. He beat Burgin in the first round with a 6.47-212.26 and in the semifinal, a 6.59-222.22 beat Bob Pickett. In the final he ran Prock again. Don set low ET in the final with a 6.45-224.43 getting the win. He won the fourth Division One race at Maryland International, as a final round 6.79-225.00 (top speed) beat Larry Fullerton's "Trojan Horse" Mustang II. Another win was added to his long list when he won the PHR Championships at US131 Martin, Michigan. He qualified first with a 6.28-233.76 then ran 6.12-213.27 to beat Greer's Mustang II in the first round. A semifinal 6.28-220.04 beat Denny Savage in the "Chi-Town Hustler." In the final he ran a 6.12-222.77 to beat Vic Cecelia's 6.35-225 in Charlie Proite's "Telstar." Prudhomme and Beadle staged their own little war at the NHRA US Nationals at Indianapolis. They qualified first and second with Don's 6.17-232.55 (top speed) getting the #2 spot. In the first round, Don beat Ron O'Donnell in the "Damn Yankee" with a 6.16. In the second round, a 6.21 beat Pulde's 6.94 in the "Arizona Wildcat" and in the semifinals, a 6.45 beat Pickett's tire smoking 7.89 in Mickey Thompson's car. In the final, Prudhomme got beat. Raymond shot to a 6.16-226 for the win over the "Snake's" 6.26-224.44. After that, Don went to Portland International for the NHRA Division Six final. He qualified first with a 6.44-196.50 and advanced past the first round with a 6.69-175.78 when Miller broke in the "Green Elephant." A semifinal 6.20-193.96 beat Rich Rogers and in the final, he unleashed low ET with a 6.12-211.76 getting the win over Gordie Bonin.
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Mike Ditty Don Prudhomme (M) from Granada Hills, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 712 ) 1982 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Pepsi Challenger" Owned by Don Prudhomme from Granada Hills, California USA Crew Chief: Bob Brandt
'82 Pontiac Trans Am by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 484 Keith Black Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.637 at NHRA Indy 9/04/82         1/4 Mile MPH: 252.80 at NHRA Indy 9/04/82
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1982 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 94.92    Entry is 0.91214 times average ET and 1.08145 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1982 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.637 ET, 254.95 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 3.820 ET, 193.96 MPH   
1982 Average: 1/4 Mile: 6.180 ET, 233.76 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 3.915 ET, 192.15 MPH
1982 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.690 ET, 214.88 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 4.245 ET, 177.21 MPH
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Notes: AMAZING 5.63, 244.56 shut off run at Indy this year, plus 5.73, 252.80 NHRA best speed. First Funny Car to run 250.00 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on 5-29-1982 (initial entry into the Crane Cams 250 MPH Club for Funny Cars). Also, 247.25 at 82 Southerns. Credited with 255 mph run at AHRA Gary, which was probably more like a 245.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Pat Foster (M) from Tarzana, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1969 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Mickey Thompson's Mach 1" Owned by Mickey Thompson from El Monte, California USA Crew Chief: Pat Foster
1969 Ford Mach I by Pat Foster/Woody Gilmore | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Ford SOHC with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.990 at Kansas City 69         1/4 Mile MPH: 215.31 at Kansas City 69
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1969 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 97.85, MPH 100.0    Entry is 0.91253 times average ET and 1.11791 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1969 Records: 1/4 Mile: 6.960 ET, 215.31 MPH    1000 Ft. 5.970 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 173.00 MPH   
1969 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.660 ET, 192.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.200 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.005 ET, 151.80 MPH
1969 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.360 ET, 176.47 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.335 ET, 142.41 MPH
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Notes: Pat Foster is a famous chassis builder of many funny cars from the 1960s into the 1980s. Foster also drove many funny cars, including the Mickey Thompson Mach I in 1969. The car was the sister car to the one Danny Ongais drove. Foster built both cars, revolutionizing funny car racing in 1969 with his chassis design. The cars were lighter than their competition, which gave them a distinct advantage over the other funny cars during the first half of the season. The competition started to transition to pure funny car chassis to keep up with Foster's machines. While Ongais went on a winning spree, Foster had a series of gremlins that kept him from winning. The car showed potential with a 6.99 clocking along with a reported 215.31 mph blast at Kansas City. But fate stepped in when Pat Foster was involved in a two-car accident with Gerry Schwartz at Dallas International during the NHRA Springnationals. Schwartz did not survive the crash. Foster continued to build funny cars and became a national-event-winning driver. (Photo provided by Drag Racing Memories. Info provided by James Ibusuki) . | Foster built the two Mustangs identical except that the red car had a longer wheelbase. Steve Montrelli remembers that the teams went through 55 Cammer motors that season. Pat started the season by qualifying #7 at the NHRA Winternationals with an 8.24-181.45. He lost to Ron Leslie in the first round. At OCIR's second All-Pro race on Feb 9, a 7.88 was only good enough for first alternate. Funny, Ongais failed to qualify at Pomona and Ongais qualified at OCIR. By Feb 16, both were in the field at the third annual Stardust Open at Las Vegas. Pat ran a first round 7.90-192.30 over Randy Walls and Charlie Allen broke against him in the semifinal so it became an all Mickey Thompson Mustang final when he faced Ongais in the final. Pat got crossed up and slowed to a 9.85-161.57 for the runner-up spot. He had some gremlins at Lions on Feb 22 for an eight car show when he lost fire against Ray Alley in the first round. On March 2 at the Bakersfield March Meet, he failed to qualify. A 7.64 qualified second to his teammate at the HRM Championships on March 16. Pat ran a 7.57-192.30 in the first round over Johnny Wright, and a second round 7.66-191.48 beat Dave Beebe's 7.78-196 in the Super Chief. In the semifinal a 7.64-191.89 beat Mike Van Sant's 7.96-187 in the Invader. But unfortunately, a broken drive shaft stopped him in the finals, giving Charlie Allen (7.59-194) the win.
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Michael Beach Tim Grose (M) from Saugus, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 396 / 10) 1986 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Skoal Bandit/Dan Young Chevrolet" Owned by Tim Grose & Mike Curb from Saugus, California USA Crew Chief: Tim Grose & Barbara Hogan
'86 Chevrolet Corvette by Tim Grose | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 498 JP-1 Hemi by Tim Grose with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.475 at Epping NH Match Race 3/86         1/4 Mile MPH: 258.36 at Epping NH Match Race 3/86
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1986 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 95.57, MPH 77.86    Entry is 0.91402 times average ET and 1.06791 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1986 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.425 ET, 271.41 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1986 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.990 ET, 241.93 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1986 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.505 ET, 223.18 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Won NHRA Winters with 5.69 at 256. Controversial first 5.40 run at NED one week after Gainesville. Roland Leong witnessed and said it was a monster. Won $50,000 payday at IHRA Bristol. Tim also tried combo that had header pipes Exiting top hood area directly in front of body A posts at outside edges of windshield. Benefit: all kinds of downforce. Problem: Absolutely blinded by header flames when dark at all outside. Photo from Indy 1986. Ran same paint scheme with Skoal Bandit, Dan Young Chevy, and blank side panels in '86. Times from The Drag Racing List December 86/January 87, Volume 1, Number 9.
Submitted by Curt Swartz, Last updated on Sunday, March 23, 2014, 12:31:55 PM by Mitch Osika. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Jim Liberman (M) from West Chester, Pennsylvania USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 117 ) 1976 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 1
"Jungle Jim" Owned by Jim Liberman from West Chester, Pennsylvania USA Crew Chief: Jim Liberman
'76 Chevrolet Monza by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.945 at AHRA Green Valley 76         1/4 Mile MPH: 234.37 at AHRA Green Valley 76
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1976 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 75.69    Entry is 0.91462 times average ET and 1.06512 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1976 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.945 ET, 247.93 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1976 Average: 1/4 Mile: 6.500 ET, 220.04 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1976 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 7.055 ET, 202.73 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Confirmed 6.19-233.16 at Fremont in March 76. Ran 6.19 twice at Fremont WCS en route to runner up to Prudhomme. Ran 6.21-229.59 at Englishtown. Low ET from AHRA Green Valley was disputed, but not disproved. | Jim was at Tucson for the AHRA Winternationals. He was running the Monza and a 6.44-224.67 qualified first. Unfortunately, a first round 6.78 lost to Shirl Greer's 6.69.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Thursday, November 3, 2016, 10:09:17 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Jim Liberman (M) from Mountain View, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1967 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Jungle Jim" Owned by Jim Liberman from Mountain View, California USA Crew Chief: Jim Liberman
'67 Chevrolet Chevy II by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Chevrolet by Jim Liberman with 3 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.665 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 187.88 at Unknown
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1967 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 95.82, MPH 77.52    Entry is 0.91468 times average ET and 1.08916 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1967 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.600 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 151.00 MPH   
1967 Average: 1/4 Mile: 8.380 ET, 172.50 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 7.050 ET, 143.45 MPH
1967 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 9.160 ET, 157.81 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 7.380 ET, 137.04 MPH
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Notes: Ran 8.06, 182.92 at OCIR Mfg. Meet 11-25-67. | Jim was at Irwindale for the New Year's FC race on Jan 2. He qualified #7 in the eight-car show with an 8.91-166.66 but he lost in the first round. He was at Fremont on Jan 7 for a best of three match race against Ed Schartman. Ed "rattled" his cage winning three straight. Schartman's best was an 8.14 while JJ's best was an 8.61. On March 19, Carlsbad held an eight car event and 15 FC's attempted to qualify. Jim ran an 8.84 for the #5 spot. He beat low qualifier Steve Bovan in the first round with a 9.00-164.23. In the semifinal, he ran his best ever (to this point) 8.45-164.23 to beat Fred Goeske in the "Hemi-'Cuda". In the final, he was to run Randy Walls but Walls had blown his transmission in the semi's so Liberman soloed for the victory. On April 1st, Jim was driving the "Brutus" GTO at a match race against Malcolm Durham at Capitol. He blew the GTO's engine in the second race and he pulled his Nova of the truck to race against Durham in the final race. It paid off as the two had both won a race each and in the decisive last race, the Nova hustled to an 8.75-162.74 for the match race win. Jim ran Schartman at York, Pa., for a match race on April 29. He won the first race with an 8.63-163.04 when Ed lost a rear end. In the second race, Schartman set an 8.17 track record over JJ who lost a transmission. In the third race, Jim wrapped up the match with a blower exploding in the lights pass of 8.54-163.04 that just beat Schartman's 8.54-151. On May 10 he was at Cecil County for the Factory Showdown. He crossed the centerline in the first round on an 8.31-171.10 pass against Jack Chrisman. After his first round loss, he came out and ran a solo pass of 8.19. It was his best ever to this point. Set Maple Grove track records of 8.29-172.85 on May 13. Also ran a 7.83 Irwindale track record. On May 26 at Gary, Ind, US 30 for the UDRA Championships, ran 8.40-168.59 over Roger Wolford's 8.66-168.54 in the semifinal. - Ron Howard
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Friday, September 9, 2016, 07:21:21 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Thomas Nagy Don Prudhomme (M) from Granada Hills, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 712 ) 1974 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Army" Owned by Don Prudhomme from Granada Hills, California USA Crew Chief: Bob Brandt
'73 Plymouth Cuda by John Buttera | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 480 Keith Black Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.015 at Lebanon Valley 8/74         1/4 Mile MPH: 235.60 at Lebanon Valley 8/74
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1974 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 95.74    Entry is 0.91483 times average ET and 1.09297 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1974 Records: 1/4 Mile: 6.015 ET, 237.46 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.410 ET, 189.00 MPH   
1974 Average: 1/4 Mile: 6.575 ET, 215.56 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 4.490 ET, 176.86 MPH
1974 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 7.135 ET, 200.27 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 4.820 ET, 165.02 MPH
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Notes: Car ran 6.16 under the Care-Free banner. Won the infamous PRO race at NY National with an all-time best of 6.19 Also 6.23 at NHRA Summers and 231.95. The 6.01, 235 was at a Lebanon Valley match race. Photo taken at the 1974 NHRA Springnationals, National Trail Raceway, Columbus, Ohio. Prudhomme drove this car to FC win at '74 Gators, was upset by Snow at Springs, and defeated Billy Meyer at Indy for back to back Indy FC wins. | Regarding Prudhomme at Lebanon Valley in '74. I wasn't there the August night he ran 6.01. I was there a month earlier when he ran 6.16, which was quicker than the national record by a few hundredths, as I recall. So everyone was talking about the great ETs at Lebanon (Mineo had run in the 6.20s with the Coke Circuit that year -- unheard of numbers for him). But then in '75, Prudhomme's Monza could not go below 6.40. He never ran a 6.0 ET there again, not with his Monzas, not with his Arrows (he did run in the 'twenties' with the Arrow, maybe the 'teens' once or twice). I asked Tommy Ivo about it and he said that back in 1974 the track's starting line beams were positioned too high for FCs and the cars were staging with their fenders and the clocks weren't starting until after the entire car had left the line and cleared the beams. I don't know if or how this is true, but it's what Ivo told me. A lot of the northeast FC racers were not aware of this Explanation, so I don't know why Ivo had the dirt and the others didn't. - David Hapgood
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 08:31:10 AM by Bill McLauchlan.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Frank Oglesby (M) from Acworth, Georgia USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 232 ) 1965 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 4
"Infinity" Owned by Don Gay from Dickinson, Texas USA Crew Chief: James Osteen
'65 Pontiac GTO by Jay Howell | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 421 Pontiac with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 8.915 at Houston International Raceway 65         1/4 Mile MPH: 163.00 at Houston International Raceway 65
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1965 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 87.15, MPH 72.47    Entry is 0.91530 times average ET and 1.08667 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1965 Records: 1/4 Mile: 8.630 ET, 178.92 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1965 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.740 ET, 150.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1965 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.318 ET, 141.24 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Frank Oglesby testing at Dickinson, Texas.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Sunday, September 27, 2015, 03:20:30 PM by Danny White.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Ed Schartman (M) from Cleveland, Ohio USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 3
"Roy Steffey Enterprises / Ed Schartman" Owned by Ed Schartman from Cleveland, Ohio USA Crew Chief: Amos Satterlee
1966 Mercury Comet by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Injected Nitro 427 Ford SOHC with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.280 at IRP, Indy Nationals 9/66         1/4 Mile MPH: 174.41 at IRP, Indy Nationals 9/66
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 85.18, MPH 65.23    Entry is 0.91593 times average ET and 1.07000 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: This was one of the original four Mercury Comets built by the Logghe Brothers. Nicholson, Chrisman and Kenz & Leslie got the other three. Injected 427 SOHC, C-6 automatic combo. Set both ends of the S/XS national record at 8.61 and 172.72 mph at Tulsa World Finals and bettered that by better than three-tenths at Indy. -- DW | The 1966 NHRA Nationals at Indy were the first to feature dedicated classes for funny cars: S/XS, A/XS, B, XS. Supercharged Experimental Stock was where the blown cars and class-dominating (but normally aspirated) Logghe Comets went to play. Schartman and his yellow RSE Merc clinched the S/XS trophy with an 8.28-174.41 blast. Since the NHRA had not yet established a formal Funny Car Eliminator, the class runs for S/XS were the closest thing the fans were going to get. -- RT | Listed in FUELFC due to its lightweight, flip top configuration despite being injected.
Submitted by Ron Thums, Last updated on Friday, March 15, 2013, 11:16:33 PM by Ron Thums.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Pat Minick (M) from Chicago, Illinois USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1969 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 3
"Chi-Town Hustler" Owned by John Farkonas, Austin Coil & Pat Minick from Chicago, Illinois USA Crew Chief: Austin Coil
'69 Dodge Charger by John Farkonas | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.020 at Union Grove, Wi. 10/69         1/4 Mile MPH: 209.30 at Union Grove, Wi. 9/69
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1969 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 95.71, MPH 86.76    Entry is 0.91645 times average ET and 1.08671 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1969 Records: 1/4 Mile: 6.960 ET, 215.31 MPH    1000 Ft. 5.970 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 173.00 MPH   
1969 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.660 ET, 192.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.200 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.005 ET, 151.80 MPH
1969 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.360 ET, 176.47 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.335 ET, 142.41 MPH
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Notes: The 1969 Chi-Town Hustler Dodge Charger was legendary for its long smoking burnouts and its tough performance. The team claimed that the car had a 90 percent win-loss record in 1969. Minick did the driving, Austin Coil tuned the engine, and John Farkonas was the behind the scenes engineer. The car was built with an offset roll cage for the driver, one of the last funny cars to be built in that configuration. The Hustler ran a best of 7.02 at 206.42, but also ran 7.08, 7.10, and two 7.12s at five different tracks. As tough as the car was in 1969, it became outdated by 1971 and a new car had to be built. (Photo provided by Drag Racing Memories.) | Minick's 7.02 was run at Union Grove late in '69. He had set the Union Grove track record in August at 7.32-205.46. In Sept, he reset it to a 7.2, then came the 7.02 late in the year. The 7.2 at Union Grove in Sept came with a speed of 209.30. Since the car debuted, it became the car to beat in late '69, setting track records everywhere it ran. | At the PHR Championships at US 131 Martin, Mich, the team ran well, running a first round track record of 7.33 at 201.78 over Lew Arrington's 7.48-196, and a second round 7.42-200.89 beat Dean LaPole who lost a transmission. In the semifinals, he set top speed with a 7.49-202.24 to beat Dick Loehr's 7.54-191. In the final, he met Fred Goeske's Roadrunner and the Chi-Town car was favored to win based on et's but Pat ran his slowest run of the race, a 7.52-200.88 and lost to Fred's holeshot-aided 7.71-189. He reset the record again at US 131 on August 30. A first round 7.13-205.46 got both ends of the record while beating Pete Gates. Unfortunately, on the record-breaking pass he hurt the motor and was unable to make the semifinals. The following day (Aug 31), he broke both ends of the track record at Minneapolis where an eight car show was being run. A first round 7.51-201.34 beat Herman Lesmeister's 'Cuda at 8.50-188 and a semifinal 7.40-200 beat Bryan Teal. In the final, he set two track records of 7.29-202.70 to win over Roger Lindamood who lost a transmission. On Oct 25, Minick reset the Lions track record to a 7.12 at 205.01 during the East/West Championships. A first round 7.24-199.55 beat the Invader but a 7.28-201.34 lost to Rich Siroonian's 7.29-198.23 in the second round. The team didn't do so well at Sears Point for the North/South Championships, having a bad oil fire there. - Ron Howard
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Saturday, April 23, 2016, 11:26:49 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Courtesy Ron Pellegrini Ron Pellegrini (M) from Berwyn, Illinois USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 1) 1965 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/FX, Div: 3
"Super Mustang" Owned by Ron Pellegrini from Berwyn, Illinois USA Crew Chief: Ron Pellegrini
'65 Ford Mustang by Chapman Automotive | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 392 Chrysler Hemi with 3 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.930 at 1965 (10/23/65 Drag News For Sale Ad)         1/4 Mile MPH: 166.66 at 1965 (10/23/65 Drag News For Sale Ad)
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1965 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 86.48, MPH 78.80    Entry is 0.91684 times average ET and 1.11107 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1965 Records: 1/4 Mile: 8.630 ET, 178.92 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1965 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.740 ET, 150.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1965 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.318 ET, 141.24 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Funny car on altered chassis. Just to ad a little insight to the discussion of who had the first funny car. This question has been asked many times before. If anyone has any other info, I'd be interested in hearing about it. To clarify the definition of "funny car," it's a tube chassis, all glass body, supercharged engine. To the best of my knowledge, I built the first car that was known as a "funny car." Attached is a picture of the car. I ran it for the first time the third week of May 1965 at U.S. 30 Drag Strip in Gary, Indiana. The following weekend I ran at Gil Cohen's Detroit Dragway on Saturday night & Toledo Dragway on Sunday. I have the timing slips. Ron Pellegrini. Also credited with 9.21 at 164.83. | If you check it out you may find out that this was DON SCHUMUACHER'S first funny car. - Dave Lindsay
Submitted by Gene Carlson, Last updated on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 05:24:06 PM by David Lindsay.
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Mike Ditty Tommy Grove (M) from Hayward, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 3001 ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Ford Charger" Owned by Tommy Grove from Hayward, California USA Crew Chief: Tommy Grove
'67 Ford Mustang by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Ford SOHC with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.290 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 169.49 at Unknown
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: Unknown at Unknown    1/8 Mile MPH: Unknown at Unknown
Entry's 1966 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 84.72, MPH 58.67    Entry is 0.91704 times average ET and 1.03982 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1/8 Mile Rating: ET 00.00, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.00000 times average ET and 0.00000 times average MPH
1966 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.960 ET, 200.44 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 6.930 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1966 Average: 1/4 Mile: 9.040 ET, 163.00 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 9.560 ET, 0.00 MPH
1966 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 10.120 ET, 145.60 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Blown 427 Cammer, C-6 auto trans. Won at Bristol against the S/XS Holman Moody. Tom won unlimited FC class at the NASCAR Springnationals. At Bristol for the NHRA Springnationals Grove beat Ronnie Sox to win A/XS with 8.79-162.16 and went on to win Competition Eliminator with an 8.61 best. Also in June at the HRM Championships at Riverside, Grove won Experimental Stock class with a 9.30-160.14. At the NASCAR Nationals at Dragway 42, in Aug he blew a torque converter and was unable to compete. In Sept Grove fouled out to Sox in A/XS in the semis after running an 8.75 best. In a Match race at Fremont, Tom defeated the Mr Norm car.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 04:22:13 AM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.

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