Earlier this year, on Jan. 27, NHRA unveiled the 60 Greatest Moments in its 60-year history, and with that piece of housekeeping done, NHRA will now hand the baton to its fans to decide which moment was the greatest.
It’s hard to imagine a fan base that is more connected to its sport’s history than in NHRA Drag Racing, and so it’s a no-brainer to turn over the controls to the fans to decide the 20, 10 and five greatest moments before ultimately identifying the moment that they believe is the greatest in NHRA history.
Here's how the season-long vote will work:
Beginning Monday, March 7, which opens race week for the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, which will serve as Official Kickoff Party for NHRA’s 60th Anniversary celebration, NHRA will begin posting each of the 60 Greatest Moments (two to three per week) on the NHRA Facebook page, and fan Likes will be tallied to determine the 20 fan favorites.
So whenever you see a post from NHRA that opens with ** GREATEST MOMENT ** that post will contain one of the 60 Greatest Moments; if it’s a moment that you like, that you think should be at least among the top 20 of the 60 Moments, BE SURE TO CLICK THE "LIKE" BUTTON.
After the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, the top 20 moments will be identified, and just as the top 10 drivers for the Countdown to the Championship will be determined at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, so will the fans’ top 10 moments. Fans will have from the Monday after the Brainerd event (Aug. 22) to the end of the U.S. Nationals to vote on the moments that they believe were the greatest, and the 10 moments with the most fan votes will be announced at the conclusion of the U.S. Nationals.
The Greatest Moments voting will then have its own playoffs, as one moment will be eliminated at each playoff race, leaving five moments still in play entering the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Fan voting will close prior to the start of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, and the fans’ top five will be unveiled during the Finals weekend.
NHRA fans will also have the chance to relive each of the 60 Greatest Moments via NHRA’s 60 Greatest Moments DVD, available soon.
Here is a snapshot look at the list of the 60 Greatest Moments in NHRA history (chronological order). A more detailed account of each moment will be released as each is posted for fan voting throughout the season.
Wally Parks founds NHRA (1951)
First NHRA-sanctioned event (1953)
Founding of NHRA Safety Safari (1954)
1955 Indy Top Eliminator: Calvin Rice wins the first U.S. Nationals
National DRAGSTER founded (1960)
U.S. Nationals moves to permanent home at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indy (1961)
Christmas Tree introduced (1963)
End of nitro ban returns fuel to sport (1964)
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits cracks 200-mph barrier (1964)
Shirley Shahan first woman to win NHRA event (1966)
1967 Indy Top Fuel: "Big Daddy" shaves
Wally trophy introduced (1969)
Funny Car class introduced (1969)
Mattel sponsorship opens door to corporate involvement (1970)
1970 Indy Top Fuel final: The Crash
Don Garlits wins in debut of rear-engine dragster (1971)
1971 Indy Top Fuel final: The Burndown
Jim Dunn wins in rear-engine Funny Car (1972)
Mike Snively makes first five-second Top Fuel pass (1972)
Winston partnership (1975)
Don Garlits’ 5.63 at 250.69 at World Finals considered by many greatest run ever (1975)
Don “the Snake” Prudhomme records first Funny Car five-second run (1975)
Shirley Muldowney first woman to win in Top Fuel (1976)
Don Prudhomme wins seven of eight national events (1976)
Shirley Muldowney first female world champ (1977)
Bob Glidden unbeaten for calendar year (1978-79)
1978 Indy Funny Car final: "Mongoose" bites "Snake"
Jeb Allen wins dramatic 1981 Top Fuel crown by 2 mph
1982 Springnationals: First Top Fuel all-female final
Don Prudhomme -- first 250-mph Funny Car pass (1982)
Connie Kalitta vs. Shirley Muldowney (1982 U.S. Nationals)
Don Prudhomme makes arguably greatest Funny Car run of all time (1982)
"Big Daddy" makes return to Indy (1984)
Building of Texas Motorplex, first stadium dragstrip (1986)
Bob Glidden first to reach 50 wins (1986)
Don Garlits’ big blowover (1986)
Entire national event schedule on television for first time (1986)
Gene Snow records first NHRA four-second run (1988)
Joe Amato edges Gary Ormsby in closest Top Fuel finish (1990)
Pat Austin first double winner (1991)
Kenny Bernstein breaks 300-mph barrier (1992)
First Hot Rod Reunion organized (1992)
Jr. Drag Racing League founded (1992)
Four-second, 300-mph Funny Car barriers broken on same weekend (1993)
Kurt Johnson (6.988) records first Pro Stock six-second run (1994)
Kenny Bernstein first to win championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car (1996)
John Force first NHRA driver named Driver of the Year (1996)
Warren Johnson (200.13 mph) records first Pro Stock 200-mph run (1997)
NHRA Museum opened (1998)
Coke partnership (2001)
Bernsteins first father-son share winner’s circle (2001)
Lucas Oil becomes NHRA Sportsman Series sponsor (2002)
John Force’s 100th victory (2002)
Andrew Hines (6.991) records first Pro Stock Motorcycle six-second run (2005)
Tony Schumacher wins title with “The Run” (2006)
Ashley Force Hood wins first race (2008)
Tony Schumacher breaks all Top Fuel season records (2008)
Countdown introduced (2007)
Four-wide national event at zMAX Dragway (2010)
John Force comeback, 15th championship (2010)