CLASSIC VIDEO - 1985 IHRA SUMMER NATIONALS, EDGEWATER MOTORSPORTS PARK
There was a time when the IHRA was a bona fide threat to the NHRA's throne as the leader in drag racing. Thank Winston for the help in leveling the playing field with it's huge points fund.
While NHRA largely ruled the roost, the IHRA Winston Drag Racing Series provided professional drag racers with an opportunity to pick up extra racing time on "off" weekends, and because there was a large purse and points fund, it became a serious venture.
This time, the IHRA's ten-race tour rolled into Edgewater Motorsports Park, located just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, for an honest to goodness showdown between the top professionals. NHRA had dropped Top Fuel in 1984, putting more prestige into the Funny car division.
This was one of the first broadcasts on ESPN, which IHRA had become a regular feature long before NHRA migrated over, and the storyline was on two drivers who had amassed quite a record of four-straight wins - Dale Pulde and Bruce Allen.
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