National Hot Rod Association

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is a drag racing governing body, which sets rules in drag racing and hosts events all over the United States and Canada. With over 40,000 drivers in its rosters, the NHRA claims to be the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world.

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Drag racing

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) oversees the majority of drag racing events in North America. The next largest organization is the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). Nearly all drag strips are associated with one sanctioning body or the other.

The association was founded by Wally Parks in 1951 in California to provide a governing body to organize and promote the sport of drag racing. The first nationwide NHRA sponsored event was held in 1955, in Great Bend, Kansas.

(Typical for the era, this race was held on a World War II-constructed training air field.) The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the national event series which comprises 24 races each year, is the premier series in drag racing that brings together the best drag racers from across North America and the world.

The NHRA U.S. Nationals are now held at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Clermont, Indiana and are officially called the U.S.

Nationals. Winners of national events are awarded a trophy statue in honor of founder Wally Parks. The trophy is commonly referred to by its nickname, a “Wally”.

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John Force

 1990 NHRA Funny Car Champion   1991 NHRA Funny Car Champion   1993 NHRA Funny Car Champion   1994 NHRA Funny Car Champion   1995 NHRA Funny Car Champion   1996 NHRA Funny Car Champion   1997 NHRA Funny Car Champion   1998 NHRA Funny Car Champion   1999 NHRA Funny Car Champion   2000 NHRA Funny Car Champion   2001 NHRA Funny Car Champion   2002 NHRA Funny Car Champion   2003 NHRA Champion Owner (Tony Pedregon, Funny Car)   2004 NHRA Funny Car Champion   2006 NHRA Funny Car Champion   2009 NHRA Champion Owner (Robert Hight, Funny Car)   2010 NHRA Funny Car Champion   2013 NHRA Funny Car Champion .

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the Top Division of the NHRA. It consists of five professional classes:

There are more than a dozen Sportsman Classes. The classes contested at NHRA Divisional races include Snowmobile, Motorcycle Classes, Super Street, Super Gas, Stock Eliminator, Super Stock, Competition Eliminator, Super Comp, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster. All classes except Snowmobile and some Sportsman Motorcycle classes are regularly contested at NHRA National Events.

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Pat Austin

Pat Austin (born November 12, 1964) is a retired American drag racer. He competed in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).

He won four NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car championships between 1987 and 1991.

He was the first driver to win eliminator titles at the same event when he won the Top Fuel and Alcohol Funny Car classes at Topeka. His 62 wins between his start in 1985 and 1996, which were the most for any driver between the late 1970s and 1996.

(Source: Wikipedia)