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CLASSIC VIDEO: 1979 NHRA GATORNATIONALS

79 gatorsAs we scramble to find something to do on a rare weekend off, we invite you to take a trip down memory lane to the 1979 season.

The 1979 NHRA Gatornationals was heralded as one of the "majors" and like every other running of the event was affected by weather.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 IHRA SPRING NATS

02 02 2012 cptv 1983 ihra springnatsTake a journey back in time when Funny Cars still looked like real cars, Pro Stockers did dry hops and sportsman racing was included in the professional television show. The Mizlou Sports Group published this television broadcast of the 1983 IHRA Spring Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. You'll see Gary Beck, Scott Kalitta, Raymond Beadle, Al Segrini, Lee Shepherd and Rickie Smith. Best of all, you'll get to witness drivers taking the famed Bristol dogleg.

LEGENDS: THE SERIES - PREVIEW FOR DARRELL RUSSELL EPISODE

 

It's hard to imagine a career where a winning driver never created animocity amongst his peers. Likewise, in this day and age of sensitivity, it's equally difficult to imagine a drag racer who never had a bad thing to say about anyone else.

Darrell Russell was this man.

#DRAGRACING: ONTARIO MOTOR SPEEDWAY - DEATH OF A SUPER TRACK

Ontario Motor Speedway was a motorsport venue located in Ontario, California. It was the first and only automobile racing facility built to accommodate major races sanctioned by all of the four dominant racing sanctioning bodies: USAC (and now IndyCar Series) for open-wheel oval car races; NASCAR for a 500-mile (800 km) oval stock car races; NHRA for drag races; and FIA for Formula One road course races. Constructed in less than two years, the track opened in August 1970 and was considered state of the art at the time.

CLASSIC VIDEO - DRAG RACING, A SPORT OF THE PEOPLE

This classic video, produced in the early 1970s. explains the value of drag racing in the entertainment community. Plenty of old cars and interesting people in the promotional/documentary sport extolling the virtues of straight-line racing.

COMPETITIONPLUS TV FLASHBACK - 1970S NHRA DIVISIONAL ACTION FROM EDMONTON, ALB.

If you love classic drag racing, then you are going to love this presentation of divisional racing from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. You'll see everything from gear-jamming class racing to nitro competition. If you listen very closely, the host sounds a lot like NHRA VP of Operations Graham Light, who used to run the track.

CPTV FLASHBACK: 1981 NHRA WORLD FINALS

In our celebration of the famed Orange County International Raceway, as we are working in Irvine, Ca. this week, we bring you the inaugural event from the legendary drag strip. 

We travel back in time to an era when the NHRA, seeking a more permanent home for its quality broadcasts produced by Diamond P, often ventured into the major networks such as ABC and NBC.

The 1981 NHRA World Finals, moved to the famed Orange County International Raceway after Ontario Motor Speedway closed down, was broadcast on NBC's Sportsworld.

 

STORYTELLERS - RICHARD THARP TELLS THE STORY OF THE ARTFUL DODGER

There's only one Richard Tharp, the original drag racing party animal. Sit back and listen to the story of the day the Feds were after Tharp, the driver who made famous the line "A Star I Are, A Saint I Ain't." The authorities followed Tharp to the drag strip, when he tried his best to evade induction into the Army for Vietnam War. He might have won on the drag strip, but this day he didn't win against Uncle Sam.

CPTV WEEKEND TREAT - 1980 PHR NATS

07_16_2011_martinTravel back to a time when Dragsters and Funny Cars did dry hops. Pro Stockers pulled the levers. This was a time when drag racing's video coverage was more about tape delay and syndication and ESPN was still in its infancy.

CompetitionPlus.tv, via Youtube.com, visits U.S. 131 Dragway [Martin, Mich.] for the Popular Hot Rodding Nationals during the 1980 season.

This event wasn't a national event on the NHRA Winston World Championsip Series. It was instead an NHRA Division 3 points race and a staple of the drag racing "must run" events. In this event, professional drivers gathered points towards the chamnpionhip. Ironically this event was staged on the same weekiend as the NHRA Molson Grandnational in Montreal, Quebec.

Many of the teams raced both events on this weekend.

SOUTHEAST GASSERS - KNOXVILLE DRAGWAY RECAP SHOW

 

Catch all the excitement of the gear-jamming, wheels-up action from the 2019 Southeast Gassers Association, drag racing's strictest period correct series. This year marks the eighth season of the specialty series which takes racers and fans alike back to the good old days of 1967. This video focuses on the action from Mooresville Dragway, stop No. 6 on the tour.

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