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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.