Whether you want to impress buddies at your local drag strip or just learn the history of the sport of drag racing, there are tons of interesting racing facts and NHRA records to learn about. BTE has researched some of the coolest drag racing “did you know”s—check them out below:
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Nitromethane was banned by the NHRA back in 1957 as it was deemed unsafe. However, the ban did not last long and was lifted in 1963, to the satisfaction of many racers.
Bond. James Bond.
In drag racing, a driver with a reaction time seven thousandths of a second after the green light (.007), is called James Bond, after Agent 007 himself. But be careful not to get a -.007 second reaction time—that’s a James Bond Red a.k.a. disqualification.
Cha Cha’s Legacy
You may know Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney as “The First Lady of Drag Racing,” but did you know she is also the first person—man or woman—to win two Top Fuel titles? Muldowney won the NHRA Top Fuel Championship in 1977, 1980, and later added a third in 1982. She won a total of 18 NHRA national events. She was also the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) in Top Fuel.
Give Me a Brake
After several fatal incidents in 2010, the NHRA made carbon fiber brakes a requirement for several racing classes. Carbon fiber brakes are similar to Formula 1 racing brakes and typically have better stopping power, are lighter and handle heat better, providing a safer a racing experience.
National Hot Rod Association Records
Records are meant to be broken, but here are some of the current standing national records from the NHRA:
The longest standing national record in the NHRA is held by Bill Reichert in the Top Alcohol Dragster category with the best elapsed time of 5.103 set back in 2007.
The Pro Stock highest speed record is held by Erica Enders at 215.55 mph, set in Englishtown, NJ in 2014. Disney made a movie based on Erica and her sister Courtney staring the future-Captain Marvel, Brie Larson.
Robert Hight holds two records in the Funny Car category: best elapsed time with 3.793 set in Brainerd, MN; and fastest speed reached with 339.87 mph set in Sonoma, CA.
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