STORYTELLERS WITH DALE PULDE: BUILDING THE PERFECT BEAST, THE WEEKEND WARRIOR
Dale Pulde just wanted to be unique.
In 1985, the world of professional Funny Car racing was in full swing with competition in the NHRA, IHRA (with only floppers and no Top Fuel) and to a lesser extent the ADRA (American Drag Racing Association, formerly AHRA) where mostly every other entry was a Firebird or a Mustang.
Pulde dared to be different.
Enter veteran journalist Jon Asher who approached Buick on behalf of Pulde. At the time, most every racer had a factory deal, Pulde, along with Asher, set their sights on Buick.
Asher pitched Buick's Joe Negri on the idea of a Buick Somerset Regal as a bona fide 260-mph hot rod. After all, if Kenny Bernstein could make a nitro car out of a Ford Tempo, why not a Buick Somerset Regal?
Storytellers, the entertaining series created by the producers of Legends: The Series, allows drag racing's legends to tell their stories of the good old days for drag racing. In this episode, Pulde tells the story of how he and his team finished a race car at the track and went on to win the race and a championship.