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The History

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) was founded in 1951 by Wally Parks. The trophy at a race is often referred to as a “Wally.” The field has expanded to include everything from 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters to five-horsepower Jr. Dragsters. NHRA claims to have over 40,000 drivers in its rosters. Meaning dragsters roll deep.

The Hot Rods

A Top Fuel dragster’s frame is made of about 3,000 inches of chrome-moly tubing. It’s left unpainted because of constant need to weld cracks.

Minimum racing weight? 2,225 lbs.

Fact

In our first full year fueling the NHRA, racers broke five national records and 59 individual track records.

The Times
In the 1950’s the fastest times were around 140 mph in 9 seconds. Today it’s closer to 330 MPH in 3.7 seconds.
The Engines

Top Fuel engines are made from custom parts but are very similar to the second generation Chrysler 426 Hemi "Elephant Engine." It takes 29 minutes to take down and rebuild an engine in between rounds. Skill and precision at its peak.

The Essence
“FUEL AND BURNING RUBBER, AND PROBABLY CLUTCH DUST, THAT'S THE ESSENCE OF RACING.” Courtney Force