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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.

#RONCAPPSEXPERIENCE - THE J.R. TODD EDITION

 

It's another enlightening episode of The Ron Capps Experience, the exciting series created out of boredom. This time the NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored icon chats with Funny Car driver J.R. Todd.

Capps wants to know, is J.R. now a full-fledged Funny Car driver or is he a Top Fuel driver who happens to drive a Funny Car? The two chat about the transition for the DHL-sponsored driver as well as the naysayers who initially believed the former Junior Dragster standout couldn't handle a Funny Car.

There's always enlightening tidbits revealed, so tune in to see what gets revealed in this episode.

#RONCAPPSEXPERIENCE - THE CLAY MILLICAN EDITION

 

The Ron Capps Experience, a video series created out of boredom, visits drag racing ever-positive, good 'ole boy Clay Millican in a drag racing version of town mouse meets country mouse.

Millican, who drives the Parts Pro-sponsored dragster for the Straight Line Strategy Group, discusses his race day regimen with Capps, as well as other key strategies.

THE RON CAPPS EXPERIENCE - DEL AND BUCK EXPERIENCE

 

Del Worsham and Nicky Boninfante are to nitro turning what Starsky and Hutch were to crime fighting. The unlikely duo provide a perfect combination for returning Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria.

One is a grinder and wide open, and the other is laid back and "we'll get there when we get there." But, together they have have won championships and remain one of the more feared combinations in the NHRA Funny car world.

In this edition of the Ron Capps Experience, the two discuss what makes them a good combination, their strengths and what makes their chemistry so strong.

THE RON CAPPS EXPERIENCE - TIM WILKERSON EDITION

 

Tim Wilkerson is a jack-of-all-trades, and by judging from his competition record is a master of them all.

In this episode of the Ron Capps Experience, Capps seeks out the man who not only manages his own fuel team but also tunes and drives. This is a rarity in today's specialized professional drag racing world.

Capps quizzes Wilk on everything from the practice tree to driving, to anger management towards his crew chief and a surprise revelation from him about what he's asked his sponsor.

THE RON CAPPS EXPERIENCE - JOHN FORCE EDITION

The only thing more unpredictable than a fuel-burning Funny Car is two of its greatest jockeys huddled around a microphone, and in front of a camera. It's the latest episode of The Ron Capps, the video series created out of boredom.

Capps, who drives the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car, huddles over a stack of Goodyear slicks to talk with his friendly rival (and hero), John Force about how he gets up for the big game.

Of course, Force being Force, somewhat answers the question but also ventures off into the land of dreams, shrinks, bedtime and diets. He also talks about dream therapy and fence climbing. Of course, there's that kiss on the lips in Seattle.

VIDEO - THE RON CAPPS EXPERIENCE WITH PAUL LEE

 

What's a Funny Car driver to do when he gets to the test session, and his rig doesn't make it? Well if you're Ron Capps, you find something to keep busy. In this case, the NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored driver grabbed a microphone, and a CPTV camera man and took to the pits to generate some excitement in the pits.

In this episode of The Ron Capps Experience, Capps interviews Paul Lee, who holds a storied and interesting past in business. Did you know he used to be a lawyer? Used to be busy in stock market trading? And just to think, he gave it all up for drag racing.

Get the behind the scenes story of a man who survived what should have been a fatal heart attack, to not only live another day but also to drive a fuel Funny Car.

ENCORE VIDEO- THE UNBREAKABLE JOHN FORCE

John Force earned 16 NHRA Funny Car titles because he learned how to take a punch, and keep moving forward. While there might have been a fistfight or three growing up, Force's greatest adversary in his fight for survival was many times life itself. In this emotional video, Force opens up about his will to succeed and his mentality which steadfastly declares quitting is not an option. Force is fired up for the 2016, and to hear the NHRA's most successful professional racer ever, he's bringing a determination second to none.

CLASSIC VIDEOS AT CPTV - DRAG RACING'S FABULOUS FLOPPERS

This video embraces the Funny Car in one of the most incredible presentations of the plastic fantastic's evolution. Fabulous Floppers, produced by Diamond P, and hosted by the late Steve Evans and drag racing legends Kenny Bernstein and Don "The Snake" Prudhomme delves into the history of nitro racing's most volatile race vehicle.

THE BEAUTY OF THE NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

There are many drag races in the world, but when it's all said and done, there's only one Indy, short for the NHRA U.S. Nationals. Few have been able to capture the beauty and prestige of the traditional pilgrimage to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis until now.

Extremely talented videographer Corey Michalek has produced a video from the 2019 event, which will inspire and evoke feelings of excitement as you watch the painstakingly edited film showcasing the beauty of the world's most prestigious drag race for six decades.

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