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Thunder Valley Dragway, the crown jewel of IHRA facilities, annually hosted the richest professional drag race with unheard paydays in the Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions. Consider this ... in 1980, Larry Carrier paid a whopping $20,000 to win in both Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions. Pro Stock took home an impressive $10,000.
The 1984 season marked a change for the IHRA as Top Fuel was dropped from the program leaving the fuel Funny Car division as the lone nitro division.
This rare video features coverage of the Pro Funny Car division as well as the mountain-motored Pro Stocks.
You'll see the stars of the era ... Billy Meyer, Mark Oswald, Denny Savage, Dale Pulde, Lee Shepherd, Roy Hill and more. This video also features sportsman categories.
If you look really closely during the broadcast, you'll see John Force and the king of the '55 Chevrolets Charles Carpenter.
CompetitionPlus.tv recaps the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday at historic Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville where Antron Brown raced to the Top Fuel victory giving Don Schumacher Racing its 200th team win.
Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the tradition-rich NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
When you race the 24-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series between February and early November, off weekends are, for the most devoted of drivers, are few and far between. Last weekend presented one of the rare opportunities for a handful of NHRA professional drag racers who chose to spend the downtime getting in more drag racing time.
Mike Edwards has looked more like a bracket racer than a Pro Stock driver during the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
During Friday qualifying, the driver of the Interstate Batteries/I am Second.com Chevrolet Camaro laid down a 6.473 world record time and followed up with four runs ranging from a 6.476 to a 6.488.
Edwards made a clean sweep of all qualifying bonus points for the event.
Matt Smith overcame clutch trouble Saturday with his Viper Motorsports Buell to claim the No. 1 qualifying spot in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class for the Amalie Oil Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Florida.