Video by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2020-05-06 20:06
Long before Rickie Smith became an iconic door slammer racer, he was an athlete, with letters in both football and wrestling. Such athletic prowess can make one feel invincible, and for the kid from King, NC, he was feeling a bit of himself. A recipe for disaster includes the town fair, youthful testosterone, a feeling of invincibility, and a primate with an attitude. Rickie tells the story about the day he crossed paths with a chimp sporting a bad attitude.
Tue, 2020-05-05 16:54
Car and Track, a popular series hosted by then famous race commentator Bud Lindemann, visited different forms of automobile racing, and when not covering NASCAR, often visited the drag races. In the early 1970s, when NHRA drag racing (before the Winston days) was seen on larger venues such as ABC's Wide World of Sports and sometimes CBS Sports Spectacular, there was a large gathering of events worthy of recognition.
This is where Car and Track stepped in. This time the syndicated show stopped in at Great Lakes Dragway for the 1972 UDRA Spring Nationals.
In this episode, you wont see all the Legends of the sport, but you will catch a few, and most of all get to see drag racing as it was back in the day.
Sun, 2020-05-03 20:00
Take a journey back in time when Funny Cars still looked like real cars, Pro Stockers did dry hops and sportsman racing was included in the professional television show. The Mizlou Sports Group published this television broadcast of the 1983 IHRA Spring Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. You'll see Gary Beck, Scott Kalitta, Raymond Beadle, Al Segrini, Lee Shepherd and Rickie Smith. Best of all, you'll get to witness drivers taking the famed Bristol dogleg.
Sat, 2020-05-02 20:30
CompetitionPlus.com has uncovered another classic drag racing video gem.
This time, courtesy of Diamond P Sports, we bring you coverage of the 1977 NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ. Travel back in time when the term Summernationals was one of the major and ALWAYS meant drag racing in July at the famed Raceway Park.
Video by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2020-05-02 17:01
A new video series from the makers of the Legends: The Series, CompetitionPlusTV presents the best stories of drag racing as told by the legends themselves. In this episode, Funny Car veteran Gary Densham continues his entertaining tale of John Force Down Under and the day he crossed paths with a bona fide crazy man.
Fri, 2020-05-01 16:00
Take a trip back in time when there were half as many events, not as much corporate involvement and the final event of the season was held on the then luxurious grounds of Ontario Motor Speedway just outside of Los Angeles.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with dry hops, nitro legends and the screaming whine of small block Pro Stockers.
Fri, 2020-05-01 11:39
This episode of #lovethislife features Mike Lewis, a jack of all trades amongst the movers and shakers in drag racing.
#lovethislife has an in-depth coversation with Mike about his experiences as a boy in Pennsylvania, at family-owned Maple Grove Raceway, his path to California and NHRA, and his life in Indianapolis at DSR. He also opens up about his family and friends, and his experiences behind the wheel in the nitro ranks. A great watch - don't miss it.
Wed, 2020-04-29 14:32
Thanks to the forward thinking of former Funny Car racer Ron Colson this video exists.
Colson's Colson Communications was responsible for shooting and producing this video, which back in the day was cutting edge for a drag racing presentation. NHRA Drag Racing was syndicated, and while we are uncertain if this appeared on any television station, it was available in VHS in an era when this medium was still in its formative stages.
Mon, 2020-04-27 15:51
Travel back to a time in drag racing when one of the richest paydays for Funny Car was reserved for the driver who could best navigate their race car down a strip which ran down the middle of two mountains.
IHRA Founder and President Larry Carrier was the driving force behind Thunder Valley Dragway in Bristol, Tenn., and one of his finest promotions was the annual Spring Nationals which paid almost double of what the leading NHRA events did.
Sun, 2020-04-26 21:13
The fact it isn't considered one of the NHRA's top races ever is a head-scratcher.
The 1980 NHRA World Finals was one of epic proportions in that two of the three professional divisions had their championships decided on the final run of the season, somewhat of a rarity in those days even though the season only had eight races.
To our knowledge is was the first-ever NHRA event broadcast on the new NBC Sports variety show Sportsworld and featured the legendary Paul Page.
Watch a Top Fuel championship come down to multiple Top Fuel drivers. You will also see quite possibly the greatest Pro Stock championship battle between Bob Glidden and Lee Shepherd.