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CLASSIC VIDEO: 1979 NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

Another rare find from YouTube, we present to you the 1979 NHRA Winternationals from Pomona. Travel back in time when NHRA Winston Drag Racing was on the outskirts of Corporate America's takeover. These are the days when paint was king, and wraps were well off in the future.

You'll see the legends in the NHRA's three professional categories, and you will also see some of the old veterans pulling out the tricks of the trade.

As traditional as the season-opener was in Pomona; even more traditional was the ABC Wide World of Sports broadcast with Chris Economacki.

RARE CLASSIC VIDEO - 1976 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

 

This is the probably rarest video find of NHRA Championship Drag Racing history. 

STORYTELLERS FEATURING KENNY BERNSTEIN: HEY BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A ROOF?

 

Storytellers, the popular drag racing videos telling of days gone by, returns with another episode; this one told by Kenny Bernstein.

COMPETITIONPLUS TV FLASHBACK - 1978 NHRA WORLD FINALS

NHRA national event racing for 1978 came to a dramatic conclusion this past weekend with the running of the 14th annual Winston World Finals. It was excitement galore at Ontario Motor Speedway: performance-wise, final-round drama-wise, and everything else-wise. It was a picture-perfect finish for the stellar '78 drag racing season, one that the spectators, racers, officials, and manufacturers will long remember.

The NHRA Winston Professional titles in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock might have been sewed up long before the World Finals, but that didn't take anything away from stellar pro action. Rob Bruins, fresh off his Fallnationals triumph, put Gaines Markley's potent mount back in the Top Fuel winner's circle when performance star Gary Beck had trouble on the line. Raymond Beadle annexed the Funny Car crown, stopping Tom McEwen in the final. And in Pro Stock, well Bob Glidden kept his undefeated string alive with his Ford Fairmont by topping Larry Lombardo. - Dave Densmore

ENCORE - LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF DALE PULDE

 

In a career spanning five decades, Dale Pulde drove more than 70 different nitro Funny Cars in NHRA and IHRA tour events, in match races and in the Hot Rod Heritage Series. Considered by many one of the greatest natural driving talents in history, he also was a capable tuner whose cars were known for their reliability and good looks as well as their performance.     

In this episode of Legends, the Series, season four, Pulde talks about lessons learned from the late Mickey Thompson, about the death of close friend and mentor Joe Pisano on the day Pulde was to begin driving for him, on “valley fever,” the disease that almost killed him, and on his legacy.

Perhaps the best gauge of Pulde’s success in the old IHRA series is not that he won a record 20 races and three championships (1977, 1982 and 1985) but that he won them against Raymond Beadle, Kenny Bernstein, Mark Oswald, Billy Meyer and Ed McCulloch.

On the NHRA side, he went to the final round of the 1972 Winternationals at the tender age of 21 driving the Steve Montrelli-tuned, 429 Shotgun-powered M/T Ford Pinto, won his first national event in 1978 at Gainesville and won his last at Dallas in 1996 while subbing in the “Smokin’ Joe’s” Ford Mustang for an injured Whit Bazemore.

Most of all, though, Pulde is associated with the “War Eagle” name he and partner Mike Hamby applied to the series of Pontiac, Buick and Dodge Funny Cars they campaigned in the 1970s and 1980s.

So, sit back, buckle up and enjoy a ride that began in quarter midgets and ended in the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

STORYTELLERS ENCORE - NICKY BONINFANTE TELLS THE STORY OF "I DID A BAD THING"

 

Idle hands are the devil's workshop, and for one Top Fuel team those idle hands brought out the devil himself in the form of alcohol and dynamite. Nicky Boninfante, a former storyteller champion, tells the story of a former teammate who brought out hellfire via a toilet.

 

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1977 NHRA SUMMERNATS

summersCompetitionPlus.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.

THE CRUZER ON THE LATEST WFO RADIO

Cruz Pedregon joins Joe Castello on WFO Radio "Live" to discuss his Funny Car victory at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Cruz will go into detail about his round wins, especially the final round against Bob Tasca III.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1990 IHRA SEASON IN REVIEW

 

Travel back in time as Ted Jones and the Masters Entertainment team review the exciting 1990 IHRA season. Yes, there are highlights for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Alcohol Funny Car. However, the grand prize might just be the inaugural season of Pro Modified featuring Tim McAmis, Mike Ashley, Ronnie Sox, Fred Hahn and all the personalities which helped build the volatile doorslammer division.

CLASSIC DRAG RACING: 1990 IHRA SPRING NATIONALS, BRISTOL, TENN.

Thunder Valley Dragway, the beautiful drag strip carved out of a mountain in Bristol, Tenn., traditionally played host to two IHRA national events annually. The IHRA Spring Nationals was the showcase for the series. Check out the IHRA brand as it presents Top Fuel, Funny Car and mountain motor Pro Stock. Pay attention, you might see some familiar names.

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