The NHRA Summernationals was one of the major drag races both seasoned and aspiring drag racers wanted to win.

Color commentator Steve Evans described the 1979 NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ., as, "not a good day for the old guard."

While then defending series champions Kelly Brown [Top Fuel], Don Prudhomme [Funny Car] and Bob Glidden [Pro Stock] experienced their share of challenges, up and coming racers made their mark. In this video, you will see champions-to-be Jeb Allen, Raymond Beadle and John Force set the stage for success in the future.

You'll see legends Shirley Muldowney, Dave Settles, Frank Iaconio and Ron Colson showing off their talents in this extraordinary blast from the past.