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Tom Kasch Don Prudhomme (M) from Granada Hills, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 712 / 1) 1976 - 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: 5.970 at Indy Nationals 9/76 (NR)         1/4 Mile MPH: 247.93 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 1976 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 97.74, MPH 100.0    Entry is 0.91846 times average ET and 1.12675 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: World champion in 1976. Also 6.02 at Winters. Both 6.02 and 5.97 were national records (the 5.98 at Ontario 75 was not backed up). Went 235.60 at Sanair 76. Where was the 247 run? 6.24 Gainesville Dragway Track record. Won 7 of 8 NHRA National events in '76, only loss was to Burgin at Indy. Great article on HotRod.com with Snake describing his performance advantage over the rest of the FC field in '75 and '76.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Sunday, March 2, 2014, 01:48:00 AM by Bill McLauchlan. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Michael Beach Mark Oswald (M) from Houma, Louisiana USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 330 / 2) 1989 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 4
"Motorcraft Quality Parts" Owned by Paul Candies & Leonard Hughes from Houma, Louisiana USA Crew Chief: Leonard Hughes
'89 Ford Probe by Al Swindahl | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 500 Keith Black Hemi by Leonard Hughes with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 5.199 at Ennis Fall 89         1/4 Mile MPH: 283.28 at NHRA Finals 89 (NR)
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 93.63, MPH 94.18    Entry is 0.91871 times average ET and 1.09841 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: 5.659 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: 6.169 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 set record at 5.214 at Maple Grove 9/89 and 5.298-283.10 National Records at 89 Supernationals. The 283.28 National Record was fastest NHRA speed of the decade (second only to Scott Kalitta's 286.62 at IHRA Ennis 1988). Also great 5.232 at 89 Chiefs that was part of then quickest side by side pass (Bruce Larson 5.247). Also, 281.60 at Chiefs was half of fastest side by side pass (Larson 274.72). Mark Oswald and the "Candies and Hughes" team had a good season in '89 despite finishing the season fourth in points. At Pomona for the Winternationals, he didn't qualify all that well with a 5.44-269.13 fitting in the #11 spot. He improved to a first round 5.34-274.05 over Ed McCulloch but in the second round, he lost to Chris Lane's 7.17-246 to Mark's 7.50-170.71 in a troubled run for both drivers. He qualified much better at the next NHRA race, the Supernationals, where a 5.29-272.23 put him in the #3 spot. Mark made it into the semifinals before smoking the tires and losing to Bruce Larson. At the Gatornationals the team again qualified #3 with a 5.34-271.41 getting the spot. Unfortunately, they lost to Art Hendey in the second round. A 5.55-260.86 qualified in the dreaded #9 position at the Southern Nationals setting up a first round match up against low qualifier, Larson. Bruce triumphed over Oswald it that race. By the fifth race of the season, the Mid-South Nationals at Memphis, the team was getting antsy for a win. A 5.36-275.06 qualified #4 and Mark ran 5.38 over Eric Reed in the first round. He got a break in the second round when John Force broke at half track and a 5.40-259 advanced into the semifinals to meet Don Prudhomme. In that race, a 5.41-272 beat Prudhomme's quicker 5.39 and the "Candies and Hughes" car was in it's first final of '89. All good things come to an end and in the final against Kenny Bernstein, the Probe broke giving Kenny a single for the win. It was off to the Cajun Nationals on May 28 for the sixth stop on the NHRA tour. A 5.44-266.66 qualified #2 just behind Prudhomme. Mark beat a tire-smoking Force in the first round with a 5.52-264. A second round 5.57 lost to McCulloch's 5.46. It was then off to National Trail for the Springnationals where Mark qualified #5 with a 5.34-271.49. An even better 5.32 in the first round beat Frank Kramberger but in the second round the car broke after his burnout against Tom Hoover. The tour then traveled to Canada for the Grandnationals. Oswald ran 5.51-253.95 to qualify #2. He beat R.C Sherman in the first round with a 5.49-246.23 and a second round 5.60-256.55 beat Force's 5.63-263. In the semi's, another 5.60-238.98 beat Hendey and set up another final round match up against Bernstein. This time, Oswald didn't break but his 5.54-258.69 just lost to Kenny's 5.51-265. At Englishtown for the Summernationals, a 5.36 qualified #4. He beat Jerry Caminito in the first round but against Don Gay Jr. in round two the Probe broke. It was beginning to become a long winless season for the team when they rolled into Denver for the Mile High Nationals. They qualified #3 with a 5.59-253.09 and beat Gay Jr. in the first round and in round two a 5.64-249 beat Force's 5.70. In the semifinals against Bernstein, Mark beat him with a track record 5.50 at 258 putting himself in the final against Larson. In the final, Oswald ran a 5.62 but lost it on the starting line to Bruce's slower 5.66. The eleventh race of the season was the California Nationals on July 30. Once again the team made it to the finals. A 5.40-274.47 qualified #4. He beat Mike Dunn in the first round and in the second round, both he and Hendey smoked the tires with Oswald's 6.49-239.61 coming out on top. In the semifinals, Mark pulled a driving job on McCulloch beating Ed's 5.47-270 with a 5.49-267.85. In the final, he ran Prudhomme who had set Low ET and Top Speed (5.30-276.49). Mark picked it up in the final to a 5.36-274.72 but still lost to the "Snake's" 5.32-272. It was the fourth runner-up finish of the year for the team. The tour continued on to Seattle for the Seafair Nationals. Mark qualified #8 with a 5.43-266.27 but lost to R.C. Sherman in the first round. Another first round loss came at the next event, the Northstar Nationals. A 5.46-263.23 qualified #7. In the first round, the Probe spun the tires to a 6.12-248.07 and lost to Larry Camenzind's 5.94-212. The bad luck continued right into Indy for the U.S. Nationals. The team qualified #5 with a 5.33-272.06 but in the first round, upstart Scott Kalitta beat them. After losing in the first round at the last three events, the team rebounded somewhat at the Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove. Mark qualified #2 with a 5.21-283.10. In the first round, a 5.29-265.09 advanced when Tom Hoover fouled. In round two he backed up his qualifying marks for both ends of the NHRA record when he beat Tony McCallum with a 5.23-279.50. Unfortunately, Mark smoked the tires to a shutting off 8.86-87.20 loss to Force's 5.34-276 in the semifinals. At the Texas Motorplex for the Chief Nationals, a 5.19-280.19 (Top Speed) qualified #3. Oswald beat Mike Dunn in the first round with a 5.24 and a second round 5.29-273.39 beat Al Hofmann in round two. Mark finally got one back from Larson in the semifinal when his 5.23-281.60 beat Bruce's close 5.24-274. In the final he met Prudhomme and while Don blasted to a 5.26-269 victory, Mark smoked the tires to another runner-up finish. The team got its first #1 qualifying position of the year at the Fallnationals at Firebird Raceway with a 5.41 (Low ET) doing the deed. Things looked rosy until Mike Dunn put them on the trailer in the first round. It was back to Pomona for the season-ending World Finals where a 5.28 (Low ET) at 279.41 got their second pole of the year. In the first round, he beat Hoover with a new NHRA Top Speed record of 283.28 but he ended his season in the next round against McCulloch when Mark spun the tires and lost to Ed's 5.56-264.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10:34:24 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Tom McEwen (M) from Fountain Valley, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 713 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Mongoose1/Hot Wheels" Owned by Tom McEwen from Fountain Valley, California USA Crew Chief: Tom McEwen
'70 Plymouth Duster by Exhibition Engineering | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi with 3 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.800 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 220.00 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 1970 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 94.44, MPH 100.0    Entry is 0.91892 times average ET and 1.10497 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, 199.10 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, 182.46 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: McEwen debuted this Duster at Beeline on Jan 25 for the AHRA Winternationals. In the first round, both he and Gordon Mineo ran 8.40's with the "Goose" getting the win. In the second round, his 7.89 lost to eventual winner Tommy Grove. On Feb. 14, he was at an eight car show at Lions. He beat Bob Pickett's quicker 7.35 in the first round with a 7.41 but in the semifinals, he got out of shape and shut off against Don Prudhomme. The following week (Feb. 22), he was at OCIR for the third All-Pro event. He broke a transmission and was unable to run. He was back at Lions on March 8 for the second AHRA Grand American race. He failed to reach the finals. The Duster was in its first final on March 28 at the last OCIR All Pro race. He beat Roger Wolford in Jack Chrisman's Mustang in the first round with a 7.80-190.27. In round two, a 7.65-194.38 beat Warren Gunter's 8.87. He had a close one in the semifinals when his 7.48-196.07 beat Mike Snively's 7.51-191 in Jim Annin's Challenger. In the final he lost to Dave Beebe. At Rockingham for the AHRA Pro-Am Championships, Tom fouled in the first round against Ron Umbach. He lost in the first round at the next AHRA race as well, the Grand American at Frontier Raceway. There he ran 7.92-189.07 in the first round that lost to Mart Higginbotham's 7.70-187. McEwen was at Bristol on June 7 for the AHRA Springnationals. A first round 8.01 beat Shirl Greer but in round two, his 7.79-171.79 lost to Dick Harrell's 7.64-176. A week later (June 14), he was at Dallas for the NHRA Springnationals where he qualified #8. He had problems in the first round and shut off on the line giving future superstar Kenny Bernstein a solo in Ray Alley's Cougar. Tom participated in a TF vs. Funny Car race at LaPlace on June 21. Just before this race, Tom had installed a two-speed transmission in the Duster. The Funny Cars were given a half second handicap. LaPlace was having trouble with its timing equipment so the mph clocks were out for this race. Tom lost his first race when his 7.57 fell to Preston Davis' 7.07. In his second race, he had Low ET for the funnies with a 7.41 that beat Richard Tharp's 7.12. In his third race, he fouled away a 7.61 while Ronnie Martin got the win with a 7.03. McEwen was at Capitol for the King of Kings Funny Car Invitational on July 11. In the first round he was running Clare Sanders in the "Super Camaro" but at half-track, the Duster broke. During the season, McEwen kept up a busy match race program, mostly against Don Prudhomme for his "Hot Wheels" sponsor. On July 26, the two met at Union Grove where Prudhomme won three straight with a best of 6.94-214 compared to Tom's best of 7.25-206.80. At the Rockford Manufacturer's Meet, McEwen beat Randy Walls in the first round with a 7.56-197.36. In round two he had a close race with Grove's SOHC powered Mustang. Tom won with a 7.51 over Tommy's 7.52. In round three, he soloed with a 7.47-202.24 when Sid Foster's "Super Ford" broke. His ETs didn't qualify for the final. Tom had some bad luck at Epping on Aug 2 for the AHRA Grand American held there. He won his first round race over Al Hanna but his motor blew and he had a flash fire that put the car out of competition for the rest of the day. He raced Prudhomme in a best of three at Capitol on Aug 8 but lost two straight. New York National hosted the AHRA Nationals at the end of August and Tom made it into the second round before losing to Prudhomme's 7.11-209 with a 7.40-180.36. At Indy for the U.S. Nationals, McEwen made the show with a career best (for FC) of 7.06 that qualified #8, but in the first round he lost to Bruce Larson's 7.17 with a 7.21. On Sept 27, he was runner-up to Leroy Goldstein at U.S. 30's Funny Car Spectacular. OCIR held it's East vs. West Funny Car Championships on Oct 10. McEwen was on the East's team. In his first of three races, he lost to Jim Liberman's 7.22-202 with a 7.56-198.07. In his second race, his 7.44-196.07 lost to Jake Johnston's 6.94-208 in the "Blue Max." He won his last race on a solo when Ken Safford blew a motor on his burnout in the "Mr. Norm" car. Tom ran a 7.09-206.89 single. His times were not good enough to get into the final. Fremont held its own version of the East/West Meet on Oct 24. Once again Tom's ETs failed to get him into the finals. As the year was coming to a close, Carlsbad held its Match Race of Champions event. Four cars competed and made three runs against one another. Tom lost to Prudhomme in his first race and in his second race he lost a blower and the race to Goldstein in the "Ramchargers" Challenger. He came back to win his third race with a 7.31-200.88 over Pat Minick's 7.43-192 in the "Chi-Town Hustler." At the AHRA World Finals at Beeline on Nov 15, McEwen kept his bad luck streak alive in AHRA races. In the first round, his engine let go and he slowed to a 7.69-184.08 loss to Ed McCulloch's 7.23-207. The Duster was getting a little long in the tooth by the time the NHRA Supernationals came around. Tom failed to qualify for the field that had a 7.27 bump spot. I don't believe this car ever ran a "six" or hit 210. | (Need to verify the times we have recorded. - BP)
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Monday, August 28, 2017, 10:58:52 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Jim Dunn (M) from La Mirada, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 788 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Dunn & Reath" Owned by Jim Dunn & Joe Reath from Signal Hill, California USA Crew Chief: Jim Dunn
'70 Plymouth Cuda by Woody Gilmore | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 392 Chrysler Hemi by Joe Reath with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 6.800 at Irwindale 11/14/70 (TR)         1/4 Mile MPH: 197.80 at Irwindale 11/14/70
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 94.44, MPH 46.17    Entry is 0.91892 times average ET and 0.99347 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, 199.10 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, 182.46 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Jim debuted his new, low buck 'Cuda at Irwindale on Nov 14. It was a 32 car show and Jim's early Hemi powered car won the event while setting a 6.80 track record. He got to the winners circle by advancing past a fouling Don Hampton in the first round. In round two, his 6.95-194.80 beat Mike Snively in Jim Annin's Challenger and in round three, he soloed with a 7.17-160.14 when Dave Condit in the "L. A. Hooker was unable to run. A semifinal 7.25-155.97 beat Dale Pulde in Dick Bourgeois' Javelin. Then in the final, he let it all hang out and won the event with a final 6.80-197.80 over a broken Larry Arnold in the "Kingfish." At Ontario Motor Speedway for the NHRA Supernationals on Nov 22, Dunn qualified number two (to Prudhomme's 7.044-200) with a 7.045-194.38. A first round 7.28-167 beat Larry Reyes' troubled 10.08 in the "Super Duster." In the second round he beat Snively but in the semifinals, he smoked the tires to a 7.50-165.36 that lost to the eventual winner Gene Snow's 6.97-211.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 10:56:19 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Mike Ditty Don Prudhomme (M) from Granada Hills, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 712 / 1) 1977 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Army" Owned by Don Prudhomme from Granada Hills, California USA Crew Chief: Bob Brandt
'77 Plymouth Arrow by Jamie Sarte | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 480 Keith Black Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.955 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 247.25 at Pomona NHRA Winternationals 2/77
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 1977 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 99.06, MPH 98.76    Entry is 0.91898 times average ET and 1.12238 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
1977 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   
1977 Average: 1/4 Mile: 6.480 ET, 220.29 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1977 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 7.015 ET, 203.49 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Ran 6.03 at Pomona, 6.32 at Gainesville, 6.15 at Columbus, 6.09 at Englishtown, 6.06 at Indy, 6.33 at Seattle. | Prudhomme got his new Arrow out of the Jamie Sarte's shop just five days before the NHRA Winternationals. He did pretty well with it at Pomona. Don qualified first with a 6.14-240.64. He beat Jim Liberman in the first round with a 6.07-225.00. A second round 6.14 at just 203.61 beat John Collins in Tom McEwen's second car. He got a single in the semifinals when Gary Burgin's car caught fire; Don ran 6.29-216.34. In the final, he ran Raymond Beadle in the "Blue Max." Prudhomme wrapped up the weekend by winning the race with a low ET and top speed run of 6.03-247.25. The speed was a track record. In March he was at Famoso for the Bakersfield March Meet. Again he qualified first, this time with a 6.19-231.36. A first round 6.38 beat Leon Cain, but in round two he smoked the tires and lost to Eddie Pauling's 6.09 in Johnny Loper's Monza. The following week (March 13), Prudhomme qualified #4 at the NHRA Gatornationals with a 6.32. He got past the first round easily and then ran 6.34-228 to beat a tire smoking Bob Pickett in Mickey Thompson's Starfire in round two. In the semifinals, Don faced Roger Lindamood's "Color Me Gone" Monza. Don had him covered performance wise, as Lindamood qualified #10 and had run 6.51 the round before, but for some reason Don fouled, giving Roger a free ride into the final. On March 27, the "Snake" beat the "Mongoose" Tom McEwen in the final at Fremont for the NHRA Division Seven race. Irwindale held a big FC show on April 9, and Don was there. He lost before the final, and again to Pauling who was debuting a new Arrow for Johnny Loper. The story here was the times: Pauling won with a 5.97 over Don's 6.31. He made it into the final at Union Grove for the Olympics of Drag Racing event but lost to Gary Burgin. In mid-June, the "Snake" was at Columbus for the NHRA Springnationals. He qualified #3 with a 6.15. He beat Beadle, Gordie Bonin, and Ron Colson in the "Hawaiian" to get into the final where he faced Pickett. Bob outran Prudhomme's 6.26-236.84 with a 6.22-231 and Don had to settle for the runner-up spot. He got it all together at Englishtown for the NHRA Summernationals. He set low ET and top speed in qualifying first with 6.09-238.09 times. He took out Tom Prock in the first round and a 6.26-227 stopped Ed McCulloch in round two. In the semifinals, a 6.31-220 advanced over a shutting off Tom Hoover and in the finals, he was to run Billy Meyer. Meyer broke and Prudhomme got the victory with a 6.42-186.33 pass. Shortly after that (July 23), he stopped off at Maple Grove for the fourth NHRA Division One race. He set low ET and top speed at 6.17-231.95 and won the race, beating Norm Wilcox driving Jim Green's "Green Elephant" Vega in the final with a 6.22-222.77. He made a stop at Atco for their Fuel FC Championships. It was a race that had all cars make two runs with the two lowest ET cars meeting in the final. Don's first race saw him turn a 6.26-228 (top speed) to beat Al Hanna's 6.72 in the "Eastern Raider," while in his second race, he beat R.C. Sherman in the "Black Magic" Vega with a low ET of the meet 6.22. The other car that made the final was Bruce Larson whose 6.51 was the second best time. Based on times you know the "Snake" was the favorite, but Larson got the jump and won, holding off Prudhomme for the title. Another runner-up effort came at the NHRA Grandnationals on August 7. It featured an eight car field and Don set low ET and top speed in qualifying first with a 6.17-236.22. The 6.17 tied his own track record. A 6.21-234 in the first round beat Bonin's 6.29-227, and in the semifinals, he advanced with a 6.17 solo pass when Burgin had a fuel pump break. In the final, he ran Hoover and his "Showtime" Monza. Tom won his first NHRA National event with a 6.24-226 over Prudhomme's troubled 6.76-172.08. A week later he was at Martin, Michigan's U.S. 131 for the PHR Championships. Don singled in the first round with a 6.11 but in the second round his 6.22 lost to eventual winner Burgin's 6.18. He got back into the winner's circle at the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indy. He was the quickest in qualifying with a 6.06-241.93. In eliminations, he ran 6.14-234.37 in the first round to beat Meyer's 6.28-218. In round two, he ran his best of eliminations, a 6.10-228 to beat Tripp Shumake in John Powers' Camaro. In the semifinals, Prock fouled against him and Don ran 6.13-225 to move into the finals. The car facing him in the final was a bit of a surprise. It was Richard Rogers driving the "Green Elephant." Richard's best time had been a 6.21 in qualifying so he was at a bit of a disadvantage. Sure enough, Don won the race with a final round 6.24-236.22 to beat Richard's 6.58-205. Another win came soon after when he won the Irwindale Back to School Race by beating Dave Hough's 6.09 in the final with a 6.05. He was at Seattle on Sept 25 for the NHRA Fallnationals, but he lost early, not even reaching the semifinals. Don had only qualified #7 with a 6.33, very unusual for him. He ran more "normal" at Ontario for the NHRA World Finals where he qualified #2 with a 6.05. He then made like a bracket racer, running three straight 6.06's to enter the final against Bonin. He faltered in the final, slowing to a 6.36 that lost to Gordie's 6.31.
Submitted by Mike Gagnon, Last updated on Thursday, March 23, 2017, 09:05:45 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Rich Siroonian (M) from Whittier, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1968 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Big John Mazmanian" Owned by John Mazmanian from Whittier, California USA Crew Chief: Doug Cook
'68 Plymouth Barracuda by Exhibition Engineering | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 392 Chrysler Hemi by John Kranenburg with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.300 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 192.70 at OCIR 12/29/68
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 1968 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 67.94    Entry is 0.91940 times average ET and 1.03848 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
1968 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.300 ET, 205.46 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 155.17 MPH   
1968 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.940 ET, 185.56 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.010 ET, 147.54 MPH
1968 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.580 ET, 171.72 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.340 ET, 138.42 MPH
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Notes: "Big John" Mazmanian is known for having great looking cars that also ran great. Mazmanian ran a series of gassers and funny cars, all in his trademark Candy Apple Red. Big John's first funny car was a stunner. The '68 Barracuda featured deep shades of Candy Apple Red with real gold leaf lettering. Rich Siroonian, Big John's nephew, drove the beauty. The team took its biggest win at the 1968 Manufacturer's Funny Car Championships at Orange County, defeating Don Schumacher in the final. Siroonian's best times in the car were 7.30 at 192. -- BS | Multi-page build-up car feature in 1-69 Car Craft reported chassis by Ron Scrima's Exhibition Engineering, motor to be 392" early hemi, and trans as B&M TorqueFlite. Photos confirm it was an early hemi, though there were suggestions they might switch to a later 426. -- RT Confirmed 7.48 OCIR
Submitted by Barb Santucci, Last updated on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10:07:41 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Leonard Hughes (M) from Houma, Louisiana USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 400 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 4
"Candies & Hughes" Owned by Paul Candies from Houma, Louisiana USA Crew Chief: Leonard Hughes
'70 Plymouth Cuda by Don Hardy | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 KB Iron Hemi by Leonard Hughes with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.805 at Indy 9/70         1/4 Mile MPH: 214.79 at Indy 9/70
1000 FT ET: 6.130 at (900 FT) Southeastern Dragway Dallas, GA    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 94.07, MPH 87.53    Entry is 0.91959 times average ET and 1.07880 times average MPH
1000 FT Rating: ET 55.80, MPH 00.00 Entry is 0.98983 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, 199.10 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, 182.46 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Hughes attempted to qualify for the AHRA Winternationals, but he failed to make the show. At the NHRA Winternationals, Hughes qualified #8 with a 7.66 (low qualifier was 7.53). He beat Steve Bovan in the first round and a holeshot 7.71 in round two beat Larry Arnold's quicker 7.58. In the semifinals, he faced Larry Reyes in the "Hawaiian" and he fouled, advancing Reyes into the final. At the NHRA Gatornationals, Candies and Hughes debuted their new 'Cuda. They made a deal and had Reyes drive their '69 car at the race. In qualifying, the old car out qualified the new one. Leonard ran 7.28-202 for the #4 spot while the old car qualified one spot higher in #3 with a 7.21-208 (Top Speed). Both made their way to the final with the old cars times being much better than the new ones. Times for Hughes were 7.32 over Huston Platt in Tommy Smith's Dart and 7.34 in the semifinals over Bobby Rowe's 7.39 in the "Super Duster." By comparison, Reyes ran 7.15 and 7.10. In the final, the two staged and after the light turned green, Reyes waited a very long time before he left the line. Leonard took the victory with a 7.29-202.24, but Reyes still almost caught him and had to lift, running 7.12-191.08. In the semifinals, Reyes had run 206. LaPlace held a Funny Car vs TF race on March 15. Hughes won all three of his races, running 7.55-187.11, 7.35-202.24, and 7.36-205.01. On April 12, the Candies and Hughes team was at Amarillo for a match race against Kelly Chadwick. Hughes won both the first two races to sew-up the match but they ran a final race and Chadwick won with an 8.07 to Hughes' 8.08. The team was tough to beat at the Super Stock Nationals. It was a two day affair and on the first day, Leonard qualified first with a 7.24-200.44. He beat Phil Castronovo with a 7.22-202.70, while in round two, a 7.19 (Low ET) at 200.44 beat Rowe. In the semifinals, Tom Sneden broke on the line in the Bob Banning Dodge and Hughes 7.22 went into the final. Once again he met his good friend Reyes. This time out, the outcome was reversed from the Gatornationals final. The "Hawaiian" took the win with a 7.35-201.34 over Leonard's 7.42-200.89. The following day (May 10), these two again worked their way to the final. This time Leonard got the victory with a 7.35. Later in May, LaPlace held a six car show that had all cars run three rounds with the two low ET cars meeting in the final. Leonard beat Kenny Bernstein in his first race with a 7.64-189.87. In his second race, Mart Higginbotham's 7.53-185 beat his 7.59-193.13. Hughes got all crossed up against Don Gay and lost his third race with a 7.95-147.70. His best ET did not advance to the final. At Dallas for the NHRA Springnationals, Hughes qualified #4 with a 7.26. A first round 7.30 beat John Dekker and in round two, a 7.29-200 beat Bernstein's ailing Cougar. He fell off to a 7.63-145 in the semifinals that lost to eventual winner Leroy Goldstein's 7.07-207 in the "Ramchargers" Challenger. In July, Hughes competed at the Rockford Manufacturer's Meet. All cars made three runs. In the first round, Leonard lost to Tommy Grove's "Cammer" powered Mustang. In his second race, a 7.47 beat Randy Walls, while in his third race, a 7.34 beat Marc Susman in the "Atlas Oil Tool" Maverick. Near the end of July, Leonard raced at the 900 foot track at Southeastern Dragway for the Dallas FC Championships. It was a sixteen car show with a lot of "name" drivers in attendance. Hughes' 6.13 in the first round beat Susman but he lost to Shirl Greer in the second round.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 06:07:30 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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© Thomas Nagy Bruce Larson (M) from Dauphin, Pennsylvania USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 107 / 1) 1990 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 1
"Sentry Tachs & Gauges" Owned by Bruce Larson from Dauphin, Pennsylvania USA Crew Chief: Maynard Yingst
'89 Oldsmobile Cutlass by Al Swindahl | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 495 Keith Black Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 5.138 at Ennis Chiefs 1990         1/4 Mile MPH: 281.95 at Ennis Chiefs 1990
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 1990 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 99.33, MPH 91.06    Entry is 0.91963 times average ET and 1.08238 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
1990 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   
1990 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.587 ET, 260.49 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1990 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.087 ET, 239.09 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Tim Richards gave tuning tips. Photo taken at the 1990 NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:08:30 AM by Ty Baumgartner. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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John Kilburg Jim White (M) from Tulsa, Oklahoma USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 418 ) 1990 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Hawaiian Punch" Owned by Roland Leong from Diamond Bar, California USA Crew Chief: Roland Leong
'90 Dodge Daytona by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 500 Keith Black Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 5.140 at Ennis Fall 90         1/4 Mile MPH: 279.93 at Ennis Fall 90
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 1990 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 99.11, MPH 87.19    Entry is 0.91999 times average ET and 1.07463 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
1990 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   
1990 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.587 ET, 260.49 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1990 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.087 ET, 239.09 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 1990 Grandnationals, Montreal.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Thursday, November 11, 2010, 06:30:18 PM by John Kilburg.
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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 84.61, MPH 65.23    Entry is 0.92000 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: 9.000 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: 10.040 ET, 146.12 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 Rich Siroonian (M) from Whittier, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 717 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Big John Mazmanian / Plymouth Dealers " Owned by John Mazmanian from Whittier, California USA Crew Chief: Doug Cook
'70 Plymouth Cuda by Woody Gilmore | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Keith Black Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.810 at OCIR Mfg. FC Meet 70         1/4 Mile MPH: 214.28 at Fremont 9/26/70
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 93.69, MPH 86.31    Entry is 0.92027 times average ET and 1.07624 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, 199.10 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, 182.46 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Qualified fifth at NHRA Ontario 11/21/70 at 7.120-194.80. Ran 6.88 at Fremont. | At Pomona for the NHRA Winternationals, Rich ran 7.62 to qualify #6. A first round 7.93 lost to Larry Reyes' 7.54 in the "Hawaiian." On Feb 14 he was at Lions where 30 cars attempted to qualify for the eight car field. Siroonian qualified but in the first round, his 7.55-171.10 lost to Don Prudhomme's 7.18-208.81. A few days later (Feb 22), while attempting to qualify for the third OCIR All-Pro race, a front tire blew out at speed. The 'Cuda was demolished when it hit a light pole. Rich was OK but the car was toast. Soon after this Rich was called away by uncle Sam and did a tour of duty. During that time Arnie Behling drove for car owner John Mazmanian. Siroonian was back behind the wheel at Fremont's Fall Championships on Sept 26. He did pretty well, becoming the first FC to run a "six" at Fremont with a 6.98 and beating Ray Alley in the semifinals. He won the race by beating Mike Snively's 7.07-210 in the final with track records of 6.86-214.28. The track record going into this race was 7.11 by Ed McCulloch. Rich lost to Gene Conway in the second round at OCIR on Oct 10 for the East/West FC Championships. He beat Randy Walls' 7.23-206 with a 7.23-207.85 but his second round 7.31-200.44 lost to Conway's 7.09-201.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Friday, March 17, 2017, 07:45:20 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Michael Beach Kenny Bernstein (M) from Richardson, Texas USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 404 / 1) 1989 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 4
"Budweiser King" Owned by Kenny Bernstein from Richardson, Texas USA Crew Chief: Dale Armstrong
'89 Buick Reatta by Mike Kase | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 500 Keith Black Hemi by Dale Armstrong with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.211 at Texas Motorplex, Ennis Fall 89         1/4 Mile MPH: 280.37 at Maple Grove 9/89
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 92.50, MPH 89.11    Entry is 0.92083 times average ET and 1.08713 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: 5.659 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: 6.169 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: Set 5.257 national record at Memphis 89. Ran 276.75 at 89 Big Bud Shootout. Photo from Indy 1989. | Everyone expected this car to win the NHRA FC Championship in '89. After winning the championship the previous four years it was a little disappointing how the season went for Kenny. It started at Pomona for the Winternationals. Kenny qualified way down the ladder in the #13 spot with a 5.47-266.74. In the first round, he improved to a 5.42-264.16 to beat Dale Pulde. In round two, a consistent 5.43-269.21 beat Tom Hoover. In the semifinal, he beat Chris Lane with a 5.48-265.33. He met who was soon to be his nemesis, Bruce Larson, in the final. And sure enough, Larson scored the win over Bernstein. The next event on the NHRA schedule was the Supernationals. Kenny qualified #4 with a 5.30-270.27 but broke a rear end in the second round and lost to Art Hendey. The Gatornationals was the next stop and a 5.39-269.70 qualified #6. He lost to Larson in the second round. At the fourth race of the year, the Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Bernstein qualified #4 with a 5.47-266.27 but once again he lost in the second round, this time to Eric Reed. He looked like the Bernstein of old at the Mid-South Nationals at Memphis. He qualified first with a 5.25 (Low ET) at 280.11. He beat Scott Kalitta in the first round and then got a couple of lucky breaks when in round two both he and Hoover smoked the tires but Kenny's 6.45-232 held on for the win. In the semifinals, he ran a 5.42-270 to win over Ed McCulloch who shut off to a 10.00. In the final, he ran Mark Oswald in the "Candies and Hughes" Probe and once again he had a little luck when Oswald broke and Bernstein scored his first victory of the season. The next race was the Cajun Nationals. Kenny used a 5.50-266.50 to qualify #4. In the first round against John Martin, the car broke on the burnout giving Martin an easy single. The seventh race of the season was the Springnationals at National Trail. Bernstein qualified #3 with a 5.33-269.13. He beat Kalitta in the first round with another 5.33 but smoked the tires and lost to Jim White in round two. A strong performance was turned in at the Grandnationals in Canada. Kenny set low ET in qualifying first with a 5.44-265.72. In the first round, both he and Johnny West had problems and both ran 5.60, West at 253 and Bernstein at 212.31, but the Buick still won the race. In round two, a 5.47-270.92 (Top Speed) beat Hoover's 5.68. In the semifinals, he beat Don Prudhomme's 5.73-231 with a 5.48-254.47. Once again he met with Oswald in the final, and once again the results were the same with Kenny's 5.51-265.72 beating Oswald's close 5.54-258. He didn't have to wait long for his third victory of the year as it came at the next event, the Summernationals at Englishtown. He qualified #3 with a 5.35 and beat Hendey in the first round and John Force in the second with a 5.36-272. In the semifinals, he ran a solo 5.40-270 when Prudhomme broke just off the line. In the final he was paired with McCulloch and Kenny ran a 5.41 for the win over Ed's 5.50. He was a favorite to win when the teams headed to Denver for the Mile High Nationals. He didn't disappoint in qualifying when his 5.53-263.38 (Top Speed) got the pole. He beat Hendey in the first round and a 5.62-254 beat Mike Dunn's close 5.65 in round two. But in the semifinals, Oswald put him away with a track record 5.50. The California Nationals was next and again Kenny qualified well with a 5.39-273.88 taking the #3 spot. Unfortunately, both he and Tony McCallum ran 5.52 in the first round with Tony taking the win. The next race was the Seafair Nationals at Seattle. Bernstein qualified #4 with a 5.34-278.89 (Top Speed). In the first round, he beat Hendey's 5.57-260 with a 5.35-276.66. In round two, a 5.41-248.23 beat R.C. Sherman and in the semifinals he took a big win over Prudhomme with a 5.34-276.07 beating the "Snake's" 5.40-263. In the final, he met Larson and despite running quicker and faster with 5.37-273.22 times he lost to Larson's holeshot 5.40-271. At the Northstar Nationals, a 5.43-266.11 qualified #2. He ran an easy 11.70-72.42 in the first round when McCallum broke. But in round two against Larson, Kenny ran even worse when he smoked the tires to a 14.35-70.56 to lose to Bruce's 5.51-271. Well, Kenny and Dale probably thought that things couldn't possibly get worse when they went to Indy for the U.S. Nationals. A 5.37-276.75 qualified #8 there but in round one he lost to Hoover. They went to Norwalk for the IHRA World Nationals and set low ET and Top Speed in qualifying first with a 5.35-264.71. Kenny got past a fouling Gary Bolger in the first round and in the semifinals, he ran a 5.64-216.35 that beat Doc Halladay's quicker 5.61. In the final, he met second qualifier, R.C. Sherman, who beat him with a 5.50 to the "Budweiser King's" 5.54. On Sept 10 he was at Darlington for the IHRA U.S. Open. A 5.51-264.41 qualified #2. In the first round he smoked the tires to a 6.67 but still beat Halladay. In the semifinals, a 5.54-272 beat Johnny West's 5.98-244. Kenny got his first IHRA victory of the year when he stopped a tire smoking Darrell Amberson in the final with a 5.56-273.53. A week later (Sept 17), he was at Maple Grove for the NHRA Keystone Nationals. He broke 280 in qualifying with a 5.25-280.37 (#3). Another 5.25 at 279.06 beat a fouling Scott Kalitta in the first round, but in round two, he smoked the tires in a 6.80-141.17 loss to Larson's 5.30-276. He also lost in the second round at Topeka for the NHRA Heartland Nationals. There his 5.44 lost to Oswald's 5.34. The following week (Oct 8) he was at the Texas Motorplex for the Chief Nationals. He qualified #4 with a 5.21-277.60. Another 5.21 at 278.46 beat Hendey in the first round. A 5.24-277.43 advanced in round two when Tony McCallum broke but in the semifinals against Prudhomme, he smoked the tires to a losing 9.29-79.33. The NHRA tour then went to Arizona for the Fallnationals at Firebird Raceway. Kenny qualified #2 with a 5.48 at a track record 271.98. He beat Jim Dunn in round one while a 5.49-267 in round two advanced when Jim White lost a blower on the line. In the semifinals, he slipped to a 5.56-268.17 that lost to eventual winner Larson's 5.43-268. At the season ending world finals at Pomona, Bernstein did not end his FC career the way he would have liked. He qualified #4 with a 5.32-278.46, but in the first round against Jerry Caminito, he lost with a 7.30-184.84. In the season long NHRA points chase he finished third behind Larson and Prudhomme. In the IHRA standings, he finished #7 even though he only ran two events. Some drivers would have loved to have seasons like that, but for Kenny, it was below his expectations.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 09:30:19 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Don Gay (M) from Dickinson, Texas USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 413 ) 1965 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: Match Race, Div: 4
"Infinity" Owned by Carl, Don & Roy Gay from Dickinson, Texas USA Crew Chief: James Osteen
'65 Pontiac GTO by Factory | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 421 Pontiac with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 8.970 at Biloxi 65 (10/23/65 Drag News)         1/4 Mile MPH: 170.45 at Biloxi 65 (10/23/65 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 84.68, MPH 85.35    Entry is 0.92094 times average ET and 1.13633 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: 1963 Pontiac 421" in car, blown fuel. 110.5" wheelbase. A&A Fiberglass fenders, bumper, hood. Roy Gay ran this car in 1966, while Don drove the new 1966 car. Car sold to Bobby Moore in 1967. Car no longer exists.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Monday, December 14, 2015, 02:14:57 PM by Danny White.
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© Tom West, Replicas West Danny Ongais (M) from Carlsbad, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 799 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Big John Mazmanian/Plymouth Dealers" Owned by John Mazmanian from Whittier, California USA Crew Chief: John Mazmanian
'70 Plymouth Cuda by Race Car Engineering | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Keith Black Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.815 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 211.26 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 1970 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 93.32, MPH 79.09    Entry is 0.92095 times average ET and 1.06107 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, 199.10 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, 182.46 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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No notes on this entry.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Friday, March 16, 2012, 08:36:28 AM by Danny White.
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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 84.13, MPH 58.67    Entry is 0.92111 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: 9.000 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: 10.040 ET, 146.12 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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Bob Plumer, Drag Racing Memories Bill Lawton (M) from Providence, Rhode Island USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 153 ) 1968 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: A/FC, Div: 1
"Tasca Ford" Owned by Bill Lawton from Providence, Rhode Island USA Crew Chief: John Healey
'67 Ford Mustang by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Ford SOHC with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.315 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 191.48 at Capitol 6/01/68
1000 FT ET: Unknown at Unknown    1000 FT MPH: Unknown at Unknown
1/8 Mile ET: 5.010 at Norwood 8/11/68    1/8 Mile MPH: 145.00 at Norwood 8/11/68
Entry's 1968 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 98.82, MPH 64.87    Entry is 0.92128 times average ET and 1.03190 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 36.35 Entry is 1.00000 times average ET and 0.98278 times average MPH
1968 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.300 ET, 205.46 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 155.17 MPH   
1968 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.940 ET, 185.56 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.010 ET, 147.54 MPH
1968 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.580 ET, 171.72 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.340 ET, 138.42 MPH
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Notes: Bill Lawton was Rhode Island's most successful funny car driver in the sixties. Teamed with Tasca Ford and tuner John Healey, Lawton won many races in the Super Stock, Factory Experimental, and Funny Car classes. Lawton's biggest win came at the 1965 NHRA Winternationals where he won Factory Experimental. The win came in the "Mystery 8," so dubbed for the goal of running an eight-second time. Bill continued to race with Tasca until the "Mystery 7." Tasca left drag racing at the same time the Ford Motor Company did. Lawton continued to race funny cars on his own. Tasca returned to drag racing in the new century with an associate sponsorship for John Force. Tasca also raced a TA/FC with his son, dubbed the "Mystery 5." The photo shows the '67 Logghe built Mustang, still running an injected SOHC 427 but the car would soon have a blower like the majority of the fuel funny cars. (Photo courtesy Drag Racing Memories). | Lawton was at Englishtown for a best of three match race against Roy Gay and his "Infinity" Firebird. In the first race Bill won with a 8.09-180.72. Unfortunately, Roy lost an engine on his losing 8.19-172 pass so Lawton ran a solo that set both ends of the track record at 7.85-185.56. He was going to make a third run attempting to better his record but he lost a motor 500 ft. off the line. On July 14, at Connecticut, Lawton ran 189.06 in a match race against Dick Bourgeois. The speed was a track record. Back at Connecticut on August 4, he raced Frank Federici in a best, two out of three match race. In the first race his 7.68-171.75 beat Frank's 8.58-167. In the second race, Frank's Corvette broke and Lawton singled for the match race victory. He raced Roger Lindamood on Aug 11 for a best of three match at Norwood, Mass. It was a 1/8 mile track and Lawton won the first race with a 5.31-145 over Roger's 5.37-152. Both ran 5.01 in the second race but the "Color Me Gone" Charger got the win light. In the third race, Lindamood got the match race victory with a 5.14-153 beating Bill's 5.32-142. - Ron Howard
Submitted by Barb Santucci, Last updated on Friday, August 18, 2017, 01:01:24 AM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Mike Ditty Tom Hoover (M) from St. Paul, Minnesota USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 520 ) 1976 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 5
"Showtime" Owned by Tom Hoover from St. Paul, Minnesota USA Crew Chief: Tom Hoover
'76 Chevrolet Monza by Jaime Sarte | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 484 Keith Black Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.990 at AHRA Green Valley 76         1/4 Mile MPH: 232.55 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 95.94, MPH 72.42    Entry is 0.92154 times average ET and 1.05685 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: 6.20 223.32 NHRA Indy Nationals 9/76
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 11:27:16 PM by Danny White.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Walt Stevens (M) from Canoga Park, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"AMT Piranha" Owned by Walt Stevens from Canoga Park, California USA Crew Chief: Joe Anahory
'66 AMT Piranha by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by 392 Chrysler Hemi with 3 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.295 at (Drag News)         1/4 Mile MPH: 187.00 at Irwindale 1966
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 83.89, MPH 82.04    Entry is 0.92167 times average ET and 1.14724 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: 9.000 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: 10.040 ET, 146.12 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Custom piece. Rear engine futuristic funny car. Car was based on AMT's anticipated entry into the world of small mass produced cars for the public. Basically a kit car was planned, but it never got off the ground, beyond the Piranha prototype. In essence, the car was a Catch 22 -- too radical to be deemed a funnycar, and too slow as a top fuel dragster. The car was ill handling. Astute match racers would rely on their water cooled entries to burn the car down, resulting in its loss. However, when all went well, no flopper, even the Nicholson Comet could touch it. Per Chris Martin, Walt Stevens went a confirmed 8.71, 187 at Irwindale. Also 182.64 per Drag News. Was the 8.295 Walt or Connie Swingle (who did run an 8.29 in October 1966).
Submitted by Bill Duke, Last updated on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 11:44:40 PM by Bill Duke.
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Handout Eddie Pauling (M) from Phoenix, Arizona USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 7777 ) 1977 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Johnny Loper / Little Hoss" Owned by Johnny Loper from Phoenix, Arizona USA Crew Chief: Johnny Loper
'77 Plymouth Arrow by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 480 Milodon Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.973 at Irwindale 64 Funny Cars 4/09/77         1/4 Mile MPH: 243.90 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 1977 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 97.37, MPH 92.70    Entry is 0.92176 times average ET and 1.10718 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
1977 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   
1977 Average: 1/4 Mile: 6.480 ET, 220.29 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1977 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 7.015 ET, 203.49 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: The Little Hoss series started as an Eddie Pauling driven, Bakersfield winning (where they ran a string of 6.0s!) Monza in 77. Car tossed the body in winning the final round, reemerged several weeks later as the familiar Arrow. Ran the second five in the sport, 5.973 at Irwindale's 64 Funny Cars show, but that run is not recognized by the official Five Second Club.
Submitted by Gena White, Last updated on Monday, June 22, 2015, 10:46:43 PM by Danny White.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Leonard Hughes (M) from Houma, Louisiana USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 400 ) 1968 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 4
"Candies & Hughes" Owned by Paul Candies from Houma, Louisiana USA Crew Chief: Leonard Hughes
'68 Plymouth Barracuda by Don Hardy | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 484 KB Iron Hemi with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.320 at LaPlace         1/4 Mile MPH: 188.66 at LaPlace 06/68
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 1968 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 98.43, MPH 57.79    Entry is 0.92191 times average ET and 1.01671 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
1968 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.300 ET, 205.46 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 155.17 MPH   
1968 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.940 ET, 185.56 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.010 ET, 147.54 MPH
1968 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.580 ET, 171.72 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.340 ET, 138.42 MPH
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Notes: Is this the same as the "Jake's Speed Equipment" Barracuda? LaPlace held a four car match race early in June. The "Candies and Hughes" car was one of the cars running. Hughes lost to Kelly Chadwick in the first round when he fouled away a 8.06 at a track record 185.94. In his second race, Hughes reset both ends of the track record with a run of 7.82-188.66 over Della Woods' new Charger. In the third race, Hughes ran 8.16-184.42 to beat Tom Smallwood's 8.24-179 in the "Kingfish."
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Saturday, August 19, 2017, 05:24:47 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Handout courtesy Glenn Barbis Jr. Ed McCulloch (M) from Fresno, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 612 / 3) 1988 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Miller High Life" Owned by Larry Minor from Hemet, California USA Crew Chief: Bernie Fedderly
'88 Oldsmobile Cutlass by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 484 Keith Black Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 5.230 at IHRA Ennis 88         1/4 Mile MPH: 280.00 at IHRA Ennis 88
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 1988 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 88.57    Entry is 0.92256 times average ET and 1.08675 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
1988 Records: 1/4 Mile: 5.230 ET, 286.62 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1988 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.669 ET, 257.65 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1988 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 6.169 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: First FC in the 5.20s with a 5.255 at Ennis IHRA 1988, followed by a quicker 5.230. Photo from Columbus 1988. Best NHRA times of 5.252 at Houston Fall 88 and 277.26 at Maple Grove 9/88. | Ed started the season at Firebird Raceway's Super Bowl of Drag Racing that featured an eight car FC show. McCulloch qualified #2 with a 5.56-261.62 behind John Force's 5.34. These two would end up meeting in the final. The "Ace" got there by first beating Ron Fassl with a 5.60-260.86 and in the semifinals, a 5.73-255.68 got around a tire smoking Don Prudhomme. John was running two tenths quicker with 5.40 and 5.41 times. In the final, it was a foregone conclusion. John beat Ed's 5.73-204.08 with a 5.47-267 to take the title. At Pomona for the NHRA Winternationals, a 5.39 (low ET) got the pole but in the first round, the "Ace" smoked the tires and lost to Bruce Larson. His next stop was at Darlington for the IHRA Winternationals. There, a first round 5.69-256.41 beat a tire smoking Mark Oswald in the "Candies and Hughes" car, but in the semifinals against Tripp Shumake, the Cutlass broke on the line. A week later (March 20) he was at Gainesville for the NHRA Gatornationals. It was a weekend he would rather forget as he failed to qualify and was only third alternate for the show. How things change in a week, as on March 27 he was low qualifier with a 5.54-258.62 at Bradenton for the IHRA Supernationals. Unfortunately, a first round 5.75 lost to Scott Kalitta's holeshot 5.77.
Submitted by Curt Swartz, Last updated on Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10:33:16 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Richard Tharp (M) from Dallas, Texas USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 441 ) 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 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.830 at OCIR 12/05/70         1/4 Mile MPH: 216.34 at OCIR 12/05/70
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 92.21, MPH 91.24    Entry is 0.92297 times average ET and 1.08659 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, 199.10 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, 182.46 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: On Nov 1, Richard was at Amarillo to get his FC license. Jake Johnston was there driving the "Blue Max" and it was in this car that Tharp made his licensing runs. At the NHRA Supernationals on Nov 22 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Richard was the new driver behind the wheel of the "Blue Max." He qualified #9 with a 7.19 and in the first round was up against low qualifier Don Prudhomme. Tharp was up for the task, running a 6.96 over the "Snake" who had transmission problems. In round two, he beat Rich Siroonian's 7.16 in John Mazmanian's car with a 7.12. Unfortunately, in the semifinals, a steering link broke and he had to shut off giving Larry Arnold a free ride into the final. He won the OCIR final race of '70 on Dec 5. It was an eight car show and Tharp dominated. A first round 6.94-210 beat Stan Shiroma while in the semifinals, his low ET shot of 6.83-216.34 beat Bobby Rowe in the "Super Duster." In the final, a 6.91-216.94 snagged him his first FC victory. He ended his season at Irwindale on Dec 12 for the Toys for Tots race. He qualified #3 in the eight car field with a 7.31 but he shut off in his first round race against Dale Pulde.
Submitted by Ron Howard, Last updated on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:44:39 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Tommy Grove (M) from Hayward, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 704 ) 1968 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Ford Charger" Owned by Tommy Grove from Hayward, California USA Crew Chief: Tommy Grove
'67 Mercury Comet by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Ford SOHC with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.330 at Minnesota Dragways         1/4 Mile MPH: 191.88 at Minnesota 9/01/68
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 1968 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 97.65, MPH 65.88    Entry is 0.92317 times average ET and 1.03406 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
1968 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.300 ET, 205.46 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 155.17 MPH   
1968 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.940 ET, 185.56 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.010 ET, 147.54 MPH
1968 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.580 ET, 171.72 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.340 ET, 138.42 MPH
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Notes: After wrecking his primary car at Virginia Beach, Grove ran his '67 Mustang until he totaled it as well. So he used Ed Schartman's back-up Comet and stuffed one of his potent Cammers in it. On Sept 1st at Minnesota Dragways for an eight car event, Tom drove this car to a first round, Low ET of the meet, 7.62-191.88 over Dick Loehr (8.02-175.43). In the semis, he ran a 7.72-191.48 over a fouling Roger Lindamood (7.80-191.88). In the final, a 7.71-191.08 beat Pat Minick's 8.12-181.44 in the Chi-Town Hustler 'Cuda. - Ron Howard
Submitted by Mike Gagnon, Last updated on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11:07:34 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Michael Beach Chuck Etchells (M) from Putnam, Connecticut USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 5) 1993 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 1
"Kendall GT-1" Owned by Chuck Etchells from Putnam, Connecticut USA Crew Chief: Maynard Yingst & Tim Richards
'93 Dodge Daytona by Murf McKinney | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 500 Keith Black Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 4.987 at Topeka Fall 93         1/4 Mile MPH: 299.50 at Topeka Fall 93
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 1993 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 98.44    Entry is 0.92352 times average ET and 1.10382 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
1993 Records: 1/4 Mile: 4.987 ET, 300.40 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH   
1993 Average: 1/4 Mile: 5.400 ET, 271.33 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
1993 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 5.900 ET, 248.34 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: First funny car in the fours. First member of the Castrol 4-Second Club for Funny Cars on Oct. 1, 1993, with a 4.987 at the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals in Topeka, Kan. Terrible & terrific year in 1993: crew chief Yingst died during NHRA Slick 50 Nats in Spring, rebounded to make historic pass in Fall. Photo from Columbus 1993.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 07:20:40 AM by John Bockelman.
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James Morgan Bruce Larson (M) from Dauphin, Pennsylvania USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 6) 1989 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 1
"Sentry Tachs & Gauges/Key Auto Parts" Owned by Bruce Larson & Joe Amato from Dauphin, Pennsylvania USA Crew Chief: Maynard Yingst & Tim Richards
'89 Oldsmobile Cutlass by Al Swindahl | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 495 Keith Black Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 5.229 at Ennis Chiefs 89         1/4 Mile MPH: 278.89 at Ennis Chiefs 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 90.79, MPH 86.54    Entry is 0.92401 times average ET and 1.08139 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: 5.659 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: 6.169 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: 1989 World Champ. Photo from Columbus 1989. Great 5.247-274.72 at 89 Chiefs was part of then quickest side by side pass (Mark Oswald, 5.232-281.60). Ran 5.282-276.92 at Indy 89. | Larson had his best season ever in '89. He and crew chief Maynard Yingst jelled and he went on to win the NHRA FC World Championship by winning six events in eleven final round showings. He started the year by qualifying #4 at Pomona for the NHRA Winternationals with a 5.38-269.62. He improved to a 5.32-259.81 in the first round to beat Don Prudhomme's 5.50-263. Another 5.32 at 256.41 beat John Martin in round two while in the semifinals, Bruce eased to a 12.89-54.76 to advance when Jim White broke in the "Hawaiian." In the final, he grabbed his first victory of the year with a 5.63-231.24 over Kenny Bernstein. To show it was no fluke, they then went to Houston for the NHRA Supernationals where a 5.30-275.06 qualified #5. He beat White in the first round and in round two he reset the NHRA ET record to 5.27 while beating a tire-smoking Prudhomme. (The "Snake" had set low ET at 5.19 in qualifying but failed to back it up for a record). In the semifinals, Mark Oswald also smoked the tires in the "Candies and Hughes" car and Larson was in his second final of the new year. Unfortunately, in the final, he blew a head gasket and his 5.58-207.32 finished runner-up to Scott Kalitta's 5.57-264. He was in another final at the next event, the NHRA Gatornationals. A 5.33-276.07 qualified #2 and in round one he advanced with a 5.40 when Tom Hoover fouled. In round two, his 5.33-273 put Bernstein on the trailer while a great 5.31-275.48 took out Chuck Etchells in the semifinals. Things were looking good for another victory when he faced Ed McCulloch in the final. Ed had been having a hard time getting his Larry Minor owned Cutlass down the track. The "Ace's" last two runs were 6.47 and 9.76 in the semis so Larson was the favorite. Unfortunately, in the final, Bruce crossed the centerline on a 5.67 run and Ed's 19.70 got the victory. Still, three finals in three NHRA races was nothing to laugh at. They were tough. The fourth NHRA event was the Southern Nationals at Atlanta. Larson qualified low with a 5.38-266.82. He beat Oswald in round one but lost to Mike Dunn in the second round. At Memphis for the NHRA Mid-South Nationals, they qualified well with a 5.35-268.69 for the #3 spot but in round one, Larson smoked the tires and lost to Tony McCallum. The team continued their short dry spell at Baton Rouge for the NHRA Cajun Nationals. Bruce qualified #5 with a 5.55-268.73 but he only made it as far as round two where his 5.50 lost to Prudhomme's 5.44. They rebounded from their slump at the NHRA Springnationals. There, Larson qualified #2 with a 5.30-271.32. He reset the NHRA ET record in the first round with a 5.25 at 271.32 to beat Art Hendey. In round two he set the track speed record with a 5.35-276.75 over a tire smoking Johnny West and in the semifinal, Etchells also smoked the tires against him and his 5.33-270.27 moved him into the final against Hoover. In the final, Tom had problems and slowed to 6.79-135 while Bruce motored to his second win of the season with a 5.52-275.31. It was a dominant performance. The NHRA teams then headed to Canada for the NHRA Grandnationals. Larson again qualified well, running 5.52-269.38 for the #3 spot. He picked up to a 5.49-265.72 in the first round to beat White, but in round two against Prudhomme, the Cutlass broke, giving the "Snake" a solo into the semifinals. At Englishtown for the NHRA Summernationals, a 5.39 qualified #6 for the show. He beat R.C. Sherman in round one but his quicker 5.50 in round two lost to a quick leaving McCulloch at 5.56. Maynard tuned the car to a 5.55-251.53 in Denver's thin air for the NHRA Mile High Nationals. Bruce beat Kalitta in the first round and White in the second with a 5.65-248. His 5.54-249 in the semifinals beat McCulloch and Bruce found himself in his fifth final round of the year. He made the best of it, running a 5.66-255.97 to beat Oswald's quicker 5.62-255 in the final. At the end of July, the NHRA tour was at Sonoma for the California Nationals. Larson qualified #6 at 5.42-276.07. Unfortunately, he lost in the first round. Another win came at Seattle for the NHRA Seafair Nationals. He qualified first with a 5.31-277.00. On his way to the final, he ran 5.31-271.98, 5.35-270.10, and 5.37-271.57 to beat Kalitta, Densham, and White in that order. In the final he faced Bernstein and once again Larson used his reflexes to get the victory; his 5.40-271.08 beat Kenny's 5.37-273.
Submitted by Draglist Archives, Last updated on Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:04:49 AM by Ty Baumgartner. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Ken Safford (M) from Chicago, Illinois USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 322 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 3
"Mr. Norm's Super Challenger" Owned by Norm Kraus from Chicago, Illinois USA Crew Chief: Ken Safford
'70 Dodge Challenger by Romeo Palamides | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.840 at US 30 70         1/4 Mile MPH: 206.88 at Irwindale 11/14/70
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 91.47, MPH 68.61    Entry is 0.92432 times average ET and 1.03908 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, 199.10 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, 182.46 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Ken started the season with a big win on Jan 26 at an eight car show at Irwindale. It was his first time out driving the "Mr. Norm" car. He started his march to victory with a first round 7.58-197.36 (Top Speed) over Clyde Morgan's Javelin. In the semifinals, a 7.62-196.06 beat Ed Lenarth's 7.87-185. And in the final, he set Low ET with a 7.49-196.06 to beat Charlie Allen's 7.54-191. He qualified #15 at Pomona with a 7.74 for the NHRA Winternationals. He ran a best of 7.44 in round two while beating Jake Johnston's quicker 7.40. In the semifinals, Gene Snow set Low ET with a 7.30 over Ken's 7.47. He was back at Irwindale on Feb 15 for another eight car show. Safford qualified first with a 7.54-179.64. In the first round, he beat Morgan's 7.86-185 with a 7.56-188.66. In the semifinal, a 7.45-197.80 beat the "New Breed." In the final, he faced Danny Ongais in the Mickey Thompson Mustang. Ken won with a 7.35-197.36 over Ongais' 7.60-169. He had a best of three match race against Bruce Larson's new '70 Camaro at York U.S. 30 which he won three straight with a best of 7.44-195.22. Another best of three match was held at Martin, Mich., U.S. 131 against Arnie Behling in Mickey Thompson's Boss 429 Maverick. Ken won the first match with a 7.44-193.13 and was awarded the match race victory when Behling had blown a rear end and was unable to run. Ken opened a lot of eyes when the mostly match race terror qualified first at Dallas for the NHRA Springnationals with a 7.04-204.54. Unfortunately, he went out in the first round with handling problems and Ray Alley's 7.26 beat his 7.21. Late in June, he was back at U.S. 131 for an eight car show where he set Low ET with a 7.04-202.70 in the first round over Allen. In the second round he ran a 7.11-198.67 over Pat Foster but in the third race against Tommy Grove, he lost the motor and the race. Safford set a 7.16 track record at Rockford in July. Late in July, Ken beat Larry Reyes in the "Hawaiian" two straight in a match race at York U.S. 30. At the second annual Rockford Manufacturer's Meet, he ran well. He beat Sid Foster in his first race with a 7.40. He fouled away a 7.32 in his second race and lost to Don Schumacher. In his third race, he won with a 7.35 when Grove fouled against him. At the PHR Championships, eighteen FCs ran the first round with the eight lowest ETs transferring into round two. Ken's ET failed to make the round two cut. - Ron Howard | Mr. Norm def. U.S.A-1 three straight with a best of 7.44-195.22 at York on 3-15-70 -- James Ibusuki
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 12:33:25 AM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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Courtesy Gary Dyer Gary Dyer (M) from Chicago, Illinois USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 398 ) 1970 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 3
"Mr. Norm's Super Charger" Owned by Norm Kraus from Chicago, Illinois USA Crew Chief: Norm Kraus
'70 Dodge Charger by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.840 at Unknown         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 1970 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 91.47, MPH 00.00    Entry is 0.92432 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
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, 199.10 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, 182.46 MPH 1000 Ft. 6.620 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.330 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: U.S. 30 advertisement claimed 6.84, 228. Maybe the 6.84, but no way on the 228 (maybe 218). AKA the Band Aid car (for the wrap-around white stripe used to mask some fiberglas repair).
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Sunday, April 30, 2017, 04:49:37 PM by Gary Dyer. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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© Mike Ditty Terry Hedrick (M) from Camarillo, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 745 ) 1968 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 3
"Seaton's Super Shaker" Owned by Pete Seaton from Royal Oak, Michigan USA Crew Chief: Pete Seaton
'67 Chevrolet Corvair by Logghe Stamping Co. | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 427 Chevrolet with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 7.340 at Unknown         1/4 Mile MPH: 194.80 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 1968 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 96.87, MPH 73.21    Entry is 0.92443 times average ET and 1.04980 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
1968 Records: 1/4 Mile: 7.300 ET, 205.46 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.940 ET, 155.17 MPH   
1968 Average: 1/4 Mile: 7.940 ET, 185.56 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.010 ET, 147.54 MPH
1968 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 8.580 ET, 171.72 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 5.340 ET, 138.42 MPH
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Notes: This Corvair would have been Ralph Nader's worst nightmare if he had seen it. Michigander Pete Seaton was one of the first match bash funny car racers. The "Seaton's Super Shaker" '67 Corvair was, in fact, his fourth funny car. The new Chevy was built by the Logghe Bros. At their Logghe Stamping Company. A 427 Chevrolet Semi-Hemi powered the car and was backed by a Torqueflite transmission. Terry Hedrick was chosen to drive the wild Corvair. Hedrick's seat of the pants driving style was awe-inspiring to the funny car fans of the sixties. The Corvair garnered many wins while touring the country in 1967 and 1968. Terry won one day and was runner-up the next at the 1967 AHRA Drag World Super Stock Championships at Wichita, Kansas. Was this Corvair unsafe at any speed? Nah. (Stats courtesy Dennis Doubleday, Bill Duke, and James Ibusuki). - BS | He started the season at Irwindale for the New Year's Day Meet where he qualified first with an 8.01. A first round 8.03 advanced him past a fouling Marv Eldridge. He made it past the next two rounds to meet Don Nicholson in the final. An 8.04 by Nicholson put Terry in the runner-up spot. On Jan 14 for OCIR's eight-car show, Hedrick qualified third with an 8.24-170.77. A first round 8.28-182.18 beat Dick Loehr's 8.43-168. But in the semi's he was shut off on the line with a fuel leak. On Feb 25 he raced a best two-out-of-three at OCIR against Nicholson. Don's 8.03-166 and 7.97-172 beat Terry's 8.39-176.12 and 8.36-178.21. He did win the last race with an 8.29-178.57 over Nicholson's shut-off 13.21, but Don won the match. The two met again on April 6 for another best of three match at New York. This time Terry evened the score by winning the match. He won the first race with an 8.00-184.04 over Don's off the track 11.58. Nicholson came back to win the second race with a 7.79-166 over Hedrick's 8.04-182.18. But in the final race, the Corvair set both ends of the track record with a 7.75-185.18 to beat Don and win the match. The next day (April 7), he was at Detroit's Anchorville Motor City Dragway to race Sid Foster's Mustang in a best of three match. Once again Terry set a track record, this time it was an 8.09 at 178. He beat Foster three straight. Nicholson wanted another shot at Hedrick and he got it on May 5 for a best of three at Detroit. Don was now running his new Cougar. Hedrick won the first race with an 8.08-177.51 over "Dyno's" 8.36-164. Nicholson came back to win the second race with an 8.15-171 over the Corvair's 8.16-175.43. But Terry came through to win the match with an 8.09-177.86 to beat Don's shut off run. On May 10 at Union Grove's Night Funny Car Championships he failed to win but he did set Low ET at 7.80. At Pittsburgh in May, Terry set both ends of the track record with a 7.84-180.36 while winning the Pittsburgh Funny Car Championships over Jim Liberman. A final round 7.92 beat Jim's quicker 7.88. On June 28, Terry was back at Detroit Dragway for the Super Stock Midwest FC Championships. It was a sixteen car show. Hedrick beat Clare Sanders in the "Limefire" in the first round with an 8.29-173.07. In round two, a 7.83-179.64 beat Leonard Hughes' 7.94-182. But in the semifinals, against Roger Lindamood, he got out of shape and went into a ditch along side the top end of the track. It damaged the front end pretty good but Terry was not hurt. Don Gay met up with Terry on Aug 4 at LaPlace for a best of three match. Terry took the match two straight with runs of 8.02-182.92 and 7.99-178.82. Hedrick got his biggest win of the year on Aug 18 at New York National for the AHRA Nationals. He ran times of 7.60 (Low ET), 7.63, 7.67 and a final round 7.68 over Dick Harrell for the title. At Minneapolis on Sept 1, a first round 7.89-180.36 was wasted when he fouled against Pat Minick (9.00) in the first round. Another match race against Nicholson was run at New York with the "Seaton Shaker" winning the match with a best of 7.75. He lost in the first round again at Suffolk for an eight-car show when he got crossed up against Mel Perry. On Sept 29, he was at Windsor Dragway for a best of three against Lindamood. Terry won all three races with runs of 7.79-181.80, 7.77-184.04 and a final 7.93-179.64. On Oct 6, he won the AHRA World Finals at Kansas City International. Lakeland International held their Fuel FC Championships on Oct 20 and Hedrick was there. He won his first round race with an 8.39-179.64 over Terry Ivey's new Torino, but in the second round, he lost a torque converter and the race to Henry Garcia. - Ron Howard
Submitted by Barb Santucci, Last updated on Saturday, November 26, 2016, 04:30:52 AM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Roger Hardcastle (M) from El Monte, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: S/XS, Div: 7
"Akins & Hardcastle/The Stinger II" Owned by Roger Hardcastle & Pat Akins from Riverside, California USA Crew Chief: Pat Akins
Kellison Astra by an Unknown chassis builder | Powered by Supercharged 392 1958 Chrysler Hemi with direct drive
1/4 Mile ET: 8.320 at Irwindale (11/25/66 Drag World)         1/4 Mile MPH: 192.87 at Irwindale (11/25/66 Drag World)
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 82.69, MPH 89.88    Entry is 0.92444 times average ET and 1.18325 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: 9.000 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: 10.040 ET, 146.12 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, titanium frame, in-out box (direct drive). Gary Southern was the driver, although this report says car co-owner Roger Hardcastle was the driver. Don't know for certain. This is a second car, as the first Stinger flipped.
Submitted by Dennis Doubleday, Last updated on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 10:23:26 AM by Ron Thums.
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No Photo (Edit this to add one!) Doug Cook (M) from Los Angeles, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: ) 1966 - Category: FUELFC, Type: CN, Class: Match Race, Div: 7
"Stone, Woods & Cook / Dark Horse 2" Owned by Fred Stone, Tim Woods, Doug Cook from Los Angeles, California USA Crew Chief: Doug Cook
1966 Ford Mustang by Exhibition Engineering | Powered by Supercharged Alcohol 448 Chrysler Hemi by Don Cook with automatic transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 8.320 at Lions 66 (1/13/67 Drag News)         1/4 Mile MPH: 175.00 at 1966 (March 1967 Car Craft)
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 82.69, MPH 66.02    Entry is 0.92444 times average ET and 1.07362 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: 9.000 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: 10.040 ET, 146.12 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 12.190 ET, 0.00 MPH
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Notes: Blown alky here. Ran alky and/or fuel in 1967. Gutted '66 Mustang steel shell with Cal Auto glass front end, doors and deck lid, Tom Hanna tin. 120" Exhibition Engineering chrome-moly tube frame, 448" early hemi (392 w, a half inch CT stroker), B&M TorqueFlite trans, 2,050 lbs. Car was destroyed in a crash at Alton, Illinois in September 1967, seriously injuring longtime S-W-C shoe Cook and causing his retirement from racing. Seven-page feature in Drag Strip 4-67, including full-page color plate. 5-page feature in Car Craft 3-67, including color plate and cutaway illustration. Ran 173.41 on 8.32.
Submitted by Dennis Doubleday, Last updated on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 07:44:04 PM by Dennis Doubleday.
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Michael Beach Jim Head (M) from Columbus, Ohio USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 9) 1986 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 3
"Jim Head" Owned by Jim Head from Columbus, Ohio USA Crew Chief: John Davis
'86 Oldsmobile Firenza by Al Swindahl | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 500 JP-1 Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 5.531 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 90.46, MPH 95.15    Entry is 0.92476 times average ET and 1.10597 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: 5.981 ET, 242.91 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, 223.93 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. Qualified on the bump at 2006 U.S. Nats at 5.809. Need to confirm these best times for 2006. Ran identical 5.531 at Ennis Fall 87. Drag Racing List has 5.686-261.62 in the 86/87 issue. | Jim attempted to qualify at Pomona for the NHRA Winternationals, but his best of 6.16-205.47 failed to make the field. Atlanta held an eight car show early in the year and Jim qualified #5 with a 6.39-188.28. Unfortunately, on his qualifying pass, the blower let go and it tore up the tinwork in the Firenza. He was unable to run and alternate Steve Hodkinson replaced him in eliminations. The car was fixed in time for Gainesville and the running of the NHRA Gatornationals. He qualified #11 with a 5.89-253.52. He lost to Billy Meyer in the first round. At Atlanta for the NHRA Southern Nationals, he ran 5.91-250.41 to qualify #10. He beat Mark Oswald in the "Candies and Hughes" car in the first round and in round two, both he and Paul Smith smoked the tires with Jim's 6.22-248.48 getting the win. In the semifinals, Johnny West, driving the "Hawaiian," fouled against him, so he motored into the final with an 8.38-108.93. In the final, he ran Ed McCulloch and although both ran 6.00 (Head at 250.13), Ed got the win. Baton Rouge for the Cajun Nationals was NHRA's next stop and Head was there, qualifying #8 with a 5.94-250.97. A first round 6.07-214.18 beat Jerry Jefferson but in round two against Billy Meyer, he got out of shape and crossed the centerline.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 07:10:12 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.
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© Tom Kasch Don Prudhomme (M) from Granada Hills, California USA   (Comp Nr/Finish: 712 ) 1973 - Category: FUELFC, Type: FN, Class: AA/FC, Div: 7
"Carefree Gum" Owned by Don Prudhomme from Granada Hills, California USA Crew Chief: Don Prudhomme
'73 Plymouth Cuda by John Buttera | Powered by Supercharged Nitro 426 Chrysler Hemi with 2 speed manual transmission
1/4 Mile ET: 6.160 at Ontario, Calif. 11/73         1/4 Mile MPH: 230.76 at Irwindale 4/21/73
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 1973 Performance Ratings (0 to 100) based on comparison to average ET/MPH:
1/4 Mile Rating: ET 100.0, MPH 84.87    Entry is 0.92492 times average ET and 1.07176 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
1973 Records: 1/4 Mile: 6.160 ET, 237.46 MPH    1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH    1/8 Mile: 4.520 ET, 189.00 MPH   
1973 Average: 1/4 Mile: 6.660 ET, 215.31 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 4.657 ET, 176.71 MPH
1973 Minimum: 1/4 Mile: 7.160 ET, 200.27 MPH 1000 Ft. 0.000 ET, 0.00 MPH 1/8 Mile: 4.987 ET, 165.02 MPH
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Notes: Three successive class bests in 1973: 6.35 and 6.27 at Indy (won Funny Car Eliminator over the Ace in the final), then amazing 6.16 at Supernationals. When Don didn't like his new '74 U.S. Army Vega, this car was pulled out of the garage, painted in U.S. Army colors and won Indy again. 6.29 Green Valley | Also in 1973, Prudhomme singlehandedly won the team title for Plymouth over a 16-car field at the 5th Annual Manufacturer's Meet at Rockford, Ill. -- RT | Photo from 1973 AHRA Grand Nationals, Dragway 42. | Early in '73, Don was still racing his TF car. He didn't enter his Funny Car in competition at the AHRA or the NHRA Winternationals, running in Top Fuel instead. But on March 11 he showed up at Fremont for the AHRA Northern Nationals with his 'Cuda. He qualified #9 and in the first round set low ET of the meet with a 6.45 to beat low qualifier Tom Hoover who ran 6.56. In round two, he faced Kelly Brown in the "Wonder Wagon" Vega panel. Don fouled away a 6.60-209.30 that gave Brown an easy 7.09 run into the semifinals. The following week, he was at NHRA Gatornationals, but he was back in the top fuel car. In April he was back in the Funny Car for the Seattle Northwest Open. He ran a 6.43 to qualify but in the first round he lost a rod while doing his burnout. On April 11, he was at the AHRA Grand American at Tulsa. A low ET and top speed of the meet pass of 6.50-226.13 qualified first. During eliminations, he had a clutch explode and ended up hitting the guardrail thus ending his day. Irwindale held the Coca Cola Funny Car Championships on April 21 and while Prudhomme failed to make it even to the semifinals, he did set top speed at 230.76.
Submitted by Danny White, Last updated on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 07:31:55 PM by Ron Howard. Approved by Bill Pratt.

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