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Tony Schumacher: Indy Top Fuel dominator
Aug. 21: Tony Schumacher has won Top Fuel at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals a class-record 10 times and has his sights set on tying the event's all-time record at this year's event. Here's a look back at his "Big Go" history, with insight from the man himself.
Remembering Fuel Altered pioneer Leon Fitzgerald, Pro Stock's Sonny Bryant
Aug. 14: Drag racing lost two more of its early pioneers this week with the passing of Fuel Altered racer Leon Fitzgerald and Pro Stock racer and crankshaft manufacturer Sonny Bryant.
July 31: Legendary NHRA Division 5 Director Darrell Zimmerman plied his trade in the Rocky Mountain region for more than 30 years. A successful racer, 'Zim' joined the NHRA team in the late 1950s and carved a legendary career and made legions of friends throughout the sport.
The history of the Summernationals
July 24: When NHRA staged the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals last weekend in Indy, it resurrected one of the most storied event names in NHRA history. Here's a look back at the 50-year history of the NHRA Summernationals name.
The Kuhl one
July 3: Drag racing lost another of its great figures last week with the passing of former Top Fuel owner, crew chief, and engine builder Mike Kuhl
Fan Fotos: A Texas-sized collection from three decades of photo greatness
June 19: David Graves has been shooting photos in Texas and the surrounding states for decades and shared with us a collection of some of his great Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Sportsman-racing images.
Down the video rabbit hole: Watching 1970s match racing on the small screen
June 12: It all started innocently enough, with one YouTube video showing roller starters in action, and the next thing you know, it was hours and hours of 1970s match racing. Well, there goes your day.
Roll players: A look back at the era when cars were fired up with roller starters
May 30: In the period between the advent of the push start and remote engine starters, some tracks used car-engine-powered or electric-powered roller starters that helped racer start their cars in a safer manner.
The day that Mario Andretti went drag racing in a Tasca Ford-prepped Mustang
May 22: Auto-racing superstar Mario Andretti only dabbled once in drag racing, in a Ford vs. Chevy exhibition in Connecticut where Andretti's Tasca Ford-prepped machine won four straight races against a more experienced opponent.
Farewell to a fearsome fuel foursome
May 16: Remembering a quartet of diehard NHRA nitro racers you may or may not know or remember: driver/owners Johnny White and Bobby Tapia and car owners Bill Blomgren and Glenn Solano.
Farewell to a brother editor, Jim Edmunds
May 1: Jim Edmunds, who served as the editor of NHRA National Dragster for nearly seven years, passed away April 25 and is remembered by the guy who holds his job now, current ND editor Phil Burgess, and some of his other fellow colleagues.
Remembering Barbara Hamilton
April 24: NHRA Drag Racing is known for many things, but the success of female race drivers and barrier-breakers in our sport is second to none in motorsports. On April 23, we lost one of the keystones of that legacy, Barbara Hamilton.
Remembering Jack Ditmars
April 10: Jack Ditmars, best remembered by fans as the skilled pilot of two wild, short-wheelbased machines, the Lil’ Screamer ’34 Ford and the Mini Brute ’68 Opel Kadett, passed away March 31 and is remembered here by friends.
Fan Fotos: Top Fuelers, Funny Cars, and Pro Stockers of the early 1980s, Part 2
April 3: Continue your trip down memory lane with these fan-submitted photos from NHRA national events of the early 1980s, including photos of Don Garlits, Tom McEwen, and many more,
Fan Fotos: Top Fuelers, Funny Cars, and Pro Stockers of the early 1980s
March 27: Take a trip down memory lane with these fan-submitted photos from NHRA national events of the early 1980s. John Force, Shirley Muldowney, Don Prudhomme, the Chi-Town Hustler, and many more!
Remembering '70s stars Don "the Beachcomber" Johnson and Henry Harrison
March 20: Last week was a double whammy, especially for West Coast fans with the passing of Top Fuel/Funny Car owner/driver Don “the Beachcomber” Johnson and Top Fuel/Funny Car/Fuel Altered pilot and owner Henry Harrison.
SoCal doorslammer legend Bob Lambeck remembers first years of Pro Stock
March. 13: Bob Lambeck, whose son Doug has been in a three-race tear in Comp, was in on the ground floor of Pro Stock in 1970 and remembers those early first days of the class.
Fan Fotos: Early 1970s Gainesville Raceway
March 6: Gainesville Raceway, site of the Amallie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, opened in late 1969 and hosted the first Gatornationals in 1970. Here's a quick look back at the track in its earliest days, through the lens of a longtime NHRA fan.
SoCal Nitro Scrapbook: 1976-78
Feb. 28: Southern California was a hotbed of Funny Car racing in the mid-1970s, with guys like Don "the Snake" Prudhomme, "Big Jim" Dunn, and good ol' John Force patrolling the dragstrips. Here are some photos from my personal scrapbook,
Memorable Winternationals Moments, Part 3: the 2000s and 2010s
Feb. 7: We wrap up our three-part look at memorable moments with the two most recent decades, the 2000s and the recently completed 2010s. Great legends of the past give way to new legends in the making as the Winternationals history roared on.
60 Memorable Winternationals Moments, Part 2: the 1980s and '90s
Jan. 31: As we close in on the launch of the 2020 season and the 60th annual Lucas Oil Winternationals, we continue our look back at the rich history of the event. In Part 2, we're focusing on the 1980s and '90s.
60 Memorable Winternationals Moments, Part 1: the 1960s and '70s
Jan. 24: In this first of three parts, here’s a look at memorable moments from the 1960s and '70s from the deep history of the event.
Remembering John Kimble
Jan. 10: John Kimble, one of the first successful black Top Fuel racers, passed away Jan. 6 and is remembered by friends and family as a quiet giant who loved family and racing. He was 81.
In the Christmas spirit
Dec. 27: A look back at some Christmas-inspired Dragster Insider columns from years past.
The Clapshaw Effect: How Don Garlits finally made his first 300-mph pass
Dec. 20: Thanks to a huge assist from fellow racer Gary Clapshaw, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits was able to race to his first 300-mph performance at the 2001 U.S. Nationals. In the wake of Clapshaw's passing Dec. 15, it's a story worth retelling.
Rodney Flournoy: Still nitro after all these years
Dec. 13: Rodney Flournoy was a Southern California fan favorite in the 1980s with his family-run Funny Car. Nearly 40 years later, he's still burning nitro in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series, now with his daughter at his side.
A final farewell to 'the Dones'
Nov. 21: An all-star cast of racers and longtime acquaintances of “the Dones” gathered at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum to remember legendary promoter Bill Doner and tell old stories and celebrate one of the most unique members of the drag racing family.
A brief history of the NHRA Finals
Nov. 15: The NHRA season closer hasn’t always been held at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. In fact, since the inaugural event in 1965, the race has been run at six locations, more places than any other NHRA race. Here is a look at the history of the event and the drama it always produces.
Novembers to remember
Nov. 8: Twelve-plus years and still going strong, the Dragster Insider column tells "the stories behind the stories" in the history of our sport. Here's a look back at some November stories from its archives.
Top Fuel turns 900
Oct. 31: The 2019 Dodge NHRA Nationals was the 900th NHRA national event to include the Top Fuel class, dating back to the 1963 Winternationals. Here's a look back at the heroes and stats of the class.
Remembering '70s Funny Car hitter Bill Leavitt
Oct. 17: Drag racing lost another of its nitro-racing veterans Sept. 25 with the passing of 1970s Funny Car star Bill Leavitt just about a week shy of his 81st birthday.
Cory Mac: He always played to win, and he did a lot of that
Oct. 4: Earlier this week, veteran Top Fuel racer Cory McClenathan announced his pending retirement from competition. Here's a look back at his 30-year career behind the butterfly.
Surfing Safari, Part 2: The Surfers, the Hawaiian, Hondas, and Jim Morrison (!)
Sept. 20: Words of admiration and old stories keep rolling in after the passing of Tom Jobe, resulting in some more touching tributes and interesting stories about the fabled Surfers Top Fuel team of the 1960s.
The last of the Surfers
Sept. 13: Bob Skinner, Mike Sorokin, and Tom Jobe, known collectively to Top Fuel fans of the mid-1960s as The Surfers, rode a wave of success and popularity for three years. With the Sept. 7 passing of Jobe, the last surviving Surfer, we look back at their magical time.
Farewell to 'the Dones'
Aug. 23: Legendary 1970s racetrack operator and promoter Bill Doner, who died last week, was a lot of things to a lot of people -- benefactor, starmaker, friend, adversary, storyteller -- but above all he was loved, revered, and respected by those in his universe.
64 Years of Indy Trivia
Aug. 20: The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will celebrate its 65th running this year. Here's a look at some of the interesting trivia from the event's history.
For two fans, when it comes to the U.S. Nationals, it's a lifelong love affair
Aug. 9: At this year's Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, as they have been for the last 60 years, when the event was held in Detroit, two longtime fans of the sport will be settled into their seats watching all of the action at the 65th edition of the "Big Go."
Saluting U.S. Nationals history: "Ohio George" Montgomery dominates early Nationals
July 26: Between 1955 and 1963, only one driver, George Montgomery, had won NHRA's Nationals more than once, and, incredibly, he had won it three times before anyone had even won it twice.
Saluting U.S. Nationals history: Prudhomme, Leong, and the spirit of '65
July 12: In 1965, Winternationals winners Don Prudhomme and car owner Roland Leong became the first to win two NHRA national events in a season when they won at Indy after a long road trip. Relive that wild voyage in unprecedented detail.
Saluting U.S. Nationals history: The story of Marvin "Who?" Graham
June 28: In the months leading up to the 65th annual U.S. Nationals, I'm chroniclinh some of the great stories that made Indy the world’s biggest and most important drag race. This week: Indy's "unknown" Top Fuel winner.
A little catchup time
June 14: Remembering Funny Car owner Jim Green, photo researching with Don Prudhomme, and catching up with Marvin "Who?" Graham.
Color our world: Remembering master racecar painter Bill Carter
June 7: Legendary race car painter “Wild Bill” Carter created some of the most memorable paint jobs for some of the sport’s most famous racers.
The Sands of (Elapsed) Time
May 24: The early 1980s was an interesting time in drag racing when sand racers defected in huge numbers to the asphalt and introduced us to future world champions like Alan Johnson and Gary Scelzi and a slew of other talented racers.
Gone but not forgotten
May 10: Southern California racer Jim DePasse made a name for himself drag racing on both sand and asphalt. He wasn't the best-known racer among NHRA fans,
April 19: Harold Satterlee is honoring his uncle, "Famous Amos" Satterlee, by creating models of his uncle's famous cars, often melding together multiple kits to get the parts right and to to preserve his uncle's legacy. Also, some loving memories from one of Amos' grandchilden.
Not just a nickname: 'Famous Amos' Satterlee was that and much more
April 12: Legendary nitro tuner "Famous Amos" Satterlee passed away April 4 at age 88. He left behind a legacy of broken records, race wins, and drag racing championships on asphalt, water, and sand.
Remembering Bobby Vodnik and Frank Oglesby
March 28: One came to fame as a teenager ahead of his prime and the other with a sponsor that was ahead of its time, but this week we mourn them together with the passings last weekend of NHRA pioneers Bobby Vodnik and Frank Oglesby.
The story of the first Gatornationals Top Fuel win, from the inside
March 22: Dave Chenevert was the first Gatornationals Top Fuel winner way back in 1970 and the first of 30 different drivers to win Top Fuel at Gainesville Raceway. Relive that wild weekend from the memory of one of his teenage crewmembers, Fred Mooneyham, himself a future Top Fuel driver.
50 Memorable Moments in Gatornationals history
March 15: The Gatornationals, the third oldest event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, has a deep and rich heritage that ensures its place in the history books and in the hearts and minds of racers and fans alike. Here's a look back at 50 Memorable Moments from the event’s colorful history.
Remembering Ezra Boggs
March 8: Ezra Boggs and the Moby Dick Funny Car were match-race mainstays in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and occasional national event competitors. Boggs passed away Feb. 20 and was remembered by friends.
Gary Densham: 49 seasons and counting
Feb. 15: No one has driven a nitro Funny Car longer than Gary Densham, who kicked off his 49th season in Pomona. The lifelong Southern Californian is a regional treasure to those who grew up watching him race his line of Teacher’s Pet floppers at tracks up and down the West Coast.
Remembering Ray Alley
Feb. 7: The sport lost another friend yesterday with the passing of former Funny Car owner/driver Ray Alley, at age 86 after a lengthy illness. In this special column, drag racing hall of famer Kenny Bernstein remembers Alley, who gave him his first Funny Car ride.
The road to Pomona
Feb. 1: The 2019 season kicks off next Friday in Pomona, launching the NHRA season as it has every year since 1961. But how did NHRA end up planting its flag in this suburban wonderland?
Remembering Frank Rupert
Jan. 18: Former Top Fuel and Funny Car racer Frank Rupert passed away Friday, Jan. 4, due to complications after going into cardiac arrest. In this special Insider column, Brad Littlefield shares the history of the respected nitro veteran.
50 years ago: The 1969 Winternationals
Jan. 11: The 50th annual NHRA Gatornationals is fast approaching, but before we head back east, let's take a trip back in time 50 years to Pomona and the 1969 Winternationals, which was memorable for so many reasons.
Top Fuelers of the 1980s
Dec. 14: Let’s continue our journey through the decades with another batch of images from the Ron Lewis collection. Over the past month or so, I’ve shared photos from his five-decade collection covering the 1960s and ‘70s (Top Fuel and Funny Car) and now we’re on to 1980s Top Fuelers.
Remembering Dick LaHaie
Dec. 7: Many Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers have gone on to become crew chiefs, but there aren’t a lot of guys who not only won a championship as a driver and crew chief. Dick LaHaie, whom we lost Dec. 5, won the crown as a driver then tuned not just one but two drivers to a combined four Top Fuel championships.
Color him gone: Remembering Roger Lindamood
Nov. 23: If you were a drag racing fan in the 1960s and 1970s, you knew the Color Me Gone name even if you couldn’t recall the name of its driver, Roger Lindamood, who tore up dragstrips around the country for more than a decade.
1970s Funny Cars!
Nov. 16: From 1966, the first year of the class, through 1979, there were more than 500 licensed Funny Car drivers competing at NHRA events. Here's a look back at some memorable Funny Car images from the 1970s, as seen through the lens of longtime lensman Ron Lewis.
So Long, Teresa
Nov. 9: NHRA National Dragster's long-running Photo Editor Teresa Long retired last week after more than 30 years shooting photos for the NHRA and its award-winning publication. Here's a fond look back at the career of one of the sport's beloved and appreciated friends.
Top Fuelers of the '70s: The evolution
Oct. 25: The Top Fuel class underwent a massive transition in the 1970s, from front-engined cars to rear-engine cars with all manner of aerodynamic additions. Photographer Ron Lewis shared his collection of photos that beautifully illustrate the evolution.
Top Fuelers and Funny Cars of the 1960s
Oct. 19: Drag racing photographer Ron Lewis, who’s been shooting at the drags since he was a teenager in the mid-1960s, is sharing with us some of the thousands of his vintage drag racing pics. This week: the 1960s.
Another farewell to heroes
Oct. 5: Drag racing lost a pair of its early heroes over the last two weeks with the passings of legendary East Coast Top Fuel and Funny Car racer Jimmy King and versatile driver “Jet Car Bob” Smith.
Vintage jet cars
Sept. 28: Jet cars have been part of the drag racing landscape since the early 1960s, and are still featured at NHRA national events. Here's a look back at some of the earliest and wildest of the breed.
Doug vs. Doug: A jet-powered friendship
Sept. 14: The late great jet-dragster racer Doug Rose was not just another driver lined up next to West Coast jet jockey Doug Brown, he was a friend and mentor, as Brown explains in this illuminating and entertaining tribute.
Remembering Doug Rose
Sept. 7: The drag racing world lost a master entertainer and jet-car legend a few weeks ago when Doug Rose, whose Green Mamba jet had entertained fans for more than 50 years, passed away. We salute him this week in words and photos.
50 Years of Wally trophies
Aug. 31: The 2018 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals marked the 50th anniversary of the first presentation of the now-iconic Wally winner’s trophy.
Brainerd: Celebrating 50 years of racing
Aug, 24: Brainerd Int’l Raceway, built in 1968 and host last weekend to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, is celebrating its 50th season this year. Here's a look back at the track and the racing action over the years.
The Time Machine: 1973
Aug. 17: Step into the Wayback Machine and set the dials to 1973, when nine of the 16 nitro winners were first-time winners, three new world champs were crowned, and policies and procedures from records to safety were overhauled.
The Time Machine: 1982
Aug. 10: Shirley Muldowney, Frank Hawley, and Lee Shepherd won world championships in a year packed with new rules, first-time winner, and outrageous performances. Just into our Wayback Machine for a trip back to 1982.
Fans remember 'the Mongoose'
July 27: Over the past month, you’ve heard from Tom McEwen’s closest friends about what the fabled “Mongoose” meant to them. This week, we share some thoughts and memories from his fans, who were touched by him in myriad ways.
A fond farewell to 'the Mongoose'
July 20: The celebration of life for Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen in Pomona last weekend featured a Who's Who of drag racing as the community came together to remember one of the great icons of the sport.
The Time Machine: 1988
July 6: Thirty years ago this season, direct-drive came back to the nitro classes, supercharger burst panels were mandated, the speed trap was cut in half, Sonoma and Houston entered the schedule, Bruce Larson finally won, and much more.
Tom McEwen, in his own words
June 29: One final nod to the great "Mongoose," from a National Dragster interview a few years ago where he opines on everything from his "legend" status to his rivalry with Don Prudhomme, his favorite cars, and his legacy in the sport.
More 'Mongoose' memories
June 22: Week two of “the Mongoose” watch goes on as fans and friends continue to try to reconcile that he’s really gone. This week: No race cars, just photos of “the Mongoose” smiling and doing his thing.
Remembering "the Mongoose"
June 15: Some of his best racing friends remember Tom "the Mongoose" McEwen in a touching and funny retrospect to one of the most popular drivers in the sport's history.
Chicago's Hometown Fuelers
June 1: With a nod to this weekend’s JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals, let’s take a look at drivers from drag racing’s past who called Chicago home.
May 25: The most famous late-night finish came in a post-1 a.m. Tuesday morning finish in Englishtown in 1975, where "Jungle Jim" Liberman won his first Funny Car crown.
Remembering "The Tentmaker"
May 11: Reflecting on the career of 1970s Funny Car racer Omer "the Tentmaker" Carrothers.
Carol Cox: NHRA's first class winner
May 4: At the 1962 Winternationals, Southern California homemaker Carol Cox made history when she became NHRA's first female class winner at the Winternationals. Also, Roberta Leighton's similar achievements.
The Super Mustang
April 27: Not really a dragster and certainly not a Funny Car, the Tom McEwen-driven Super Mustang was a super oddity that certainly was not one of Ford's "better ideas," but remains a car well remembered by many drag racing fans.
Mustang Funny Cars through the years
April 20: The Ford Mustang may be Funny Car's hardest-working model, and certainly it’s longest running. Here's a look back at the fabled pony car through the years.
Long-standing 'Dragster' video game Guinness world record invalidated
April 13: Some light reading for a non-racing weekend about how modern technology led the Guinness Book of World Records to remove a legendary, 35-year-old record for performance in a 1980s drag racing video game.
Remembering Steve Plueger
April 6: Any way you slice it, Steve Plueger was a walking history book for the Funny Car class, past and present, before we lost him suddenly on March 22
April Fools 1998: Nitro trucks, twin-engine Top Fuelers, and rear-engined Pro Stockers
March 30: From the late 1990s through the mid-2000s, NHRA.com annually presented a special April Fools section, the first of which was published 20 years ago this week and featured some radical (but not-so-real) rides.
Remembering Dale Emery
March 23: Friends and fellow racers shares their stories and friendships with former Fuel Altered and Funny Car driver and tuner Dale Emery
Memorable Gatornationals final rounds
March 16: From the inaugural event in 1970, which featured the first all-team Funny Car final, up until modern times, final rounds at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals have had a knack for being memorable, historic, or both.
Unwinding the sidewinder story
March 9: A behind-the-scenes look at the circumstances leading to the creation of Don Garlits' sidewinder Top Fueler, and other wild machines created by the brothers Sage, as well as a farewell to influential chassis builder Roy Fjastad, and Don Long's Eight Phases of a Sidewinder and/or Streamliner Dragster project.
Don Garlits' sidewinder Top Fueler
March 2: In 1982, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, always the innovator, experimented with a sideways-mounted nitro engine in his Swamp Rat 27. Although the engineering marvel didn't pan out, it was still vintage Garlits to even try it.
Phoenix: A Top Fuel wonderland
Feb. 23: In its more than 30 years of existence, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (née Firebird Int'l Raceway) has been the site of some amazing Top Fuel moments that spotlight some of the classes biggest names, including Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney.
Find the heroes
Feb. 16: In 1975, iconic drag racing artist Pete Millar drew a rogue’s gallery of NHRA heroes positioned on the starting line of the Winternationals that ran on the cover of the “new” CARtoons magazine. How many legends can you identify?
Remembering dragster pioneer Dode Martin
Feb. 9: The drag racing world lost another legend with the passing last week of Dode Martin, who ran one of the sport's first dragsters. We also mourn the passing of Gary "Mr. C" Cochran and Steve Hodkinson.
Virginia is for winners
Feb. 2: NHRA’s exciting national event return to Virginia this June got us thinking about the region and all of the great racers that have come from “the Old Dominion” over the years.
A history of our sport, one story at a time
Jan. 26: The completion of the Insider archive; remembering D. Gantt and Tim Marshall
Another farewell to friends
Jan. 19: Longtime NHRA fans lost two more greats from the past, with the passings of 1970s Top Fuel racer Paul Longenecker and 1960s gasser great Jack Merkel
Remembering Raymond Godman
Jan. 5: The legendary owner of the Tennessee Bo-Weevil didn't let being paralyzed by sniper's bullet in service of his country get in the way of an amazing career in drag racing.
Remembering Bob Glidden
Dec. 22: A tribute to the Pro Stock great who passed away Dec. 17
A bayou bash at Southland Dragway reunion
Dec. 15: An all-star cast that included Antron Brown, Angelle Sampey, Mark Oswald, Leonard Hughes, and more turned out to remember one of Louisiana's great dragstrips of the 1970s.
Rethinking the Top 50 Racers List
Dec. 8: In 2000, a panel of experts picked the Top 50 racers of NHRA's first 50 years. What would a Top 50 list look like today?
Drag racing history at your fingertips
Dec. 1: DragList.com has an encyclopedic and searchable index of 100,000-plus drag racing cars from the sport's history
Eddie Hill's last ride
Nov. 17: The Texan walked away from a wild engine explosion, then walked away from the sport
Dramatic 2007 Auto Club NHRA Finals set the bar for tight points finishes
Nov. 11: Four championships decided by less than a round
It's a Gas, Gas, Gas ... more memories of Gas Ronda
Nov. 4: Like the headlines says, more memories of Gas Ronda
Remembering Gas Ronda
Oct. 26: A fond farewell to the Ford racing legend
Force vs. Pedregon 1992, Part 2
Oct. 20: From forgotten interviews and smashed Happy Meal toys, more notes from one of the most intriguing points battles in NHRA history.
Force vs. Pedregon, Dallas '92: 25 years later
Oct. 13: Twenty-five years ago this week, John Force and Cruz Pedregon engaged in one of the weirdest and wildest Funny Car final rounds in the annals of the sport and certainly the craziest of all of their meetings.
Like a Rollin' Stoned
Oct. 6: Remembering East Coast Funny Car racer Joe Jacono; also, found: the Durachrome Bug!
Wally Parks, an appreciation
Sept. 28: Thoughts about Wally, on the 10-year anniversary of his passing
Found: NHRA Member No. 1
Sept. 21: Meet Ken Howell, who was NHRA's first member, way back in 1951
‘The Snake’s’ Take
Sept. 15: Don Prudhomme looks back on his career and shares his thoughts on topics ranging from his best cars, best seasons, and best pals like Tom McEwen and Roland Leong.
Ed McCulloch: Roaring down Memory Lane
Sept. 8: Notes, quotes, and reminiscing with "The Ace"
'Ace' still the king of Indy Funny Cars
Aug. 29: Ed McCulloch's five victories still have him atop the pack; "the Ace" relives those great wins with us
Racer's Scrapbook: Jim Dunn
Aug, 25: "Big Jim" sat down with me in Brainerd to talk about some of the cars that have made up his 50-plus-year Funny Car career
A deep dive into the archive
Aug. 18: Update on the Dragster Insider archive
Racer's Scrapbook: Jerry Ruth
Aug 11: "The King of the Northwest" shares memories from his great career
On The Road Again, 1970s-style
Aug. 4: A look back at riding down the match-race trail, with memories from Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen, Ed McCulloch, and Roland Leong
A farewell to friends
July 28: Remembering Chuck Beal, John Collins, Frank Hall, and Doug Kruse
Salisbury’s Stake in Top Fuel history
July 21: The life and times of Southern California Top Fuel driver Dwight Salisbury; more Beach Boys feedback
The Beach Boys Top Fueler
July 14: Jim Busby's Beach Boys Top Fueler; Busby's twin-engine Top Fueler
Hot rodding with the Beach Boys
July 7: A look at classic Beach Boys hot rod tunes 409, Shut Down, and Little Deuce Coupe
Seattle in the '70s, Part 2
June 30: Northwest photographer Herman Marchetti shares more of his Seattle photos from the '70s
It's Clay's day ... finally
June 23: After years of frustration, fan favorite Top Fuel racer Clay Millican finally has his day; an appreciation of the man
Summernationals Time Machine, Part 2
June 9: More fan photos from East Coast reader John Guzevich
Summernationals Time Machine
June 2: Memories of the 1977 Summernationals, shared by reader John Guzevich
Remembering Johnny Abbott
May 26: Remembrances of former U,S, Nationals Top Fuel winner following his passing
That was then, this is now: 1991
May 19: It was a wild and wacky year, but how well do you remember it? Take the quiz!
Pat Austin and "The Double"
May 12: Pat Austin made drag racing history by winning two classes at the same event in 1991; here's the story of how it all happened
Readers Choice, my favorite time of year
April 26: A preview of this year's special edition of National Dragster
Seattle in the '70s, Part 1
April 18: Northwest photographer Herman Marchetti shares his Seattle photos from the '70s
Remembering “Gentleman Hank” Johnson
April 14: The life and times of one of the Northwest's greatest drivers
Friday at the movies
March 31: A collection of vintage drag racing videos from YouTube
A little of this, a little of that
March 24: From vintage drag cars found in hiding to some great old videos, new websites, and a resurfaced old drag racing board game, there's lots to catch up on
A work in progress
March 10: Beginning the Dragster Insider archiving process (harder than it looks)
Let there be lights!
March 3: Master racecar airbrush artist Kenny Youngblood discusses the fine but mostly lost art of painting faux headlights and grilles on Funny Cars.
The Art of Matt Levonas, Part 2
Feb. 24: More works of art from NHRA's Division 6 Director
The Art of Matt Levonas
Feb. 17: Northwest Division Director Matt Levonas' passion for racing goes far beyond his divisional duties, as he's also a talented artist
News of the Week
Feb. 3: Famous Funny Cars on the auction block, female pioneer Paula Murphy gets her due, and a farewell to 1970s Pro Stock mainstay Ronnie Manchester
How Frank Hawley came to drive the Chi-Town Hustler
Jan. 27: Frank Hawley drove the Chi-Town Hustler Funny Car to two NHRA championships but how he got to drive the fabled machine is a tale of chance and fortitude.
Remembering Pat Minick and the legend of the Chi-Town Hustler
Jan. 20: The original driver of the famed Chi-Town Hustler is remembered by friends and family
Of national consciousnesses and Pandora's Box
Jan. 13: Discussing Don Prudhomme's rise to public fame and household name-ism
The many faces of 'Snake's Cuda
Jan. 6: Don Prudhomme's first Hot Wheels Barracuda went through many changes in its 1970 debut season; two experts weigh in
Twas the Friday before Christmas
Dec. 24: Twas the Friday before Christmas, and all ‘cross the Nation, Insider fans were fretting, thinking Phil’s on vacation. Not to worry. More bad poetry
'Jungle's' Vega: Who knows which nose?
Dec. 16: The mystery continues and conflicting evidence is uncovered
It's 'Jungle,' by a nose ... and other stuff
Dec. 9: The mystery of JJ's Vega Funny Car nose; Beach City Camaro find? And more!
NHRA Funny Car champs over the years
Dec. 2: From Gene Snow (1970) to Ron Capps (2016), a look at the top flops of the years
Farrrrrr out ... it's 'Jungle Jim's' Vega
Nov. 18: And the winner is ... "Jungle Jim"!!!!
The final showdown: 'Jungle' vs. Force
Nov. 11: Comparing the careers and charisma of the two finalists on the Top 20 Funny Cars list