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LIVE STREAMING - PRO NITRO SPRING TRAINING, PHOENIX, AZ.

THURSDAY - It's Day One of the long-awaited Professional Racers Organization Spring Training test session at Wild Horse Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix, Az. You will see the best of the best making test hits in preparation for the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1979 NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

Another rare find from YouTube, we present to you the 1979 NHRA Winternationals from Pomona. Travel back in time when NHRA Winston Drag Racing was on the outskirts of Corporate America's takeover. These are the days when paint was king, and wraps were well off in the future.

You'll see the legends in the NHRA's three professional categories, and you will also see some of the old veterans pulling out the tricks of the trade.

As traditional as the season-opener was in Pomona; even more traditional was the ABC Wide World of Sports broadcast with Chris Economacki.

DRAG RACING IN THE MOVIES: HOT ROD AKA REBEL OF THE ROAD

There's plenty to like about this old ABC made-for-television drag racing-themed movie.

Hot Rod, a.k.a. Rebel of the Road, is a cult classic that features some cool, old machinery where a young drag racer (Gregg Henry) enters a local championship race with a 1965 Plymouth. There's a town boss, a corrupt sheriff and an attempt to ensure an entitled son wins the drag race.

The storyline might be a bit cheesy but it has classic cars and drag racing, which makes it all tolerable.

STORYTELLERS: ED MCCULLOCH - ROLLING WITH THE DONES

Storytellers, the popular drag racing videos telling of days gone by, returns with another episode; this one told by Ed "The Ace" McCulloch.

In this video, Ace tells the story of some describe as the greatest promoter in Drag Racing, the late Bill Doner. McCulloch tells the story of how the Dones could talk him into almost anything, except beating up John Force. At one point, Doner's "enforcer" became. peacemaker. Yeah you gotta hear this one.

CPTV : RARE 1975 BROADCAST OF NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

The 1975 season brought forth more than its share of oddities. It also featured some awesome competition. It was so eloquently presented in this ABC Wide World of Sports broadcast hosted by the legendary Chris Economacki.

Starting with Top Fuel, Big Daddy Don Garlits set the stage for what would be a season of dominance in Pomona. If you showed up this season, more times than not you were racing for second place.

Over in the Funny Car division, there was the transition in the Funny Car divisions, as new body styles were coming in, and the utter dominance of Don Prudhomme.

Pro Stock was the oddest of them all with five-year-old Mustangs as the norm, and even a four-door Maverick. They were working the NHRA's system of weight breaks for the most favorable matchups.

A couple of months later, the face of championship drag racing would change forever with Winston/RJ Reynolds coming aboard as the first series sponsor.

PROJECT RONNIE WITH STEVIE FAST JACKSON - STRIPPING THE BEAST

The Plans For Project RONNIE! Engine, Chassis, Suspension, Interior, Power Adder, Purpose, etc. In Episode 3, Stevie Fast discloses the long-awaited plans for his beloved Pickup Truck.

RARE 1980 NHRA GATORNATIONALS TELEVISION BROADCAST

With the VCR as cutting edge technology even back in 1980, it was not rare for drag racing fans to record their favorite national events. The 1980 NHRA Gatornationals had plenty to love about the traditional east coast season opener.

You'll see the legends of the sport from Don "The Snake" Prudhomme to Big Daddy and Shirley doing battle on the quarter-mile in Gainesville, Fla. There's lots to love about this broadcast including racers pushing their machines over the edge, to one significant crash.

There's even a Pro Stock final which set in motion one of the greatest rivalries ever.

WEEKEND VIDEO TREAT: HIDDEN HEROES FEATURING JOE AMATO

Travel back to the mid-1980s when the show Hidden Heroes followed some of drag racing's iconic names. The show, broadcast on the Nashville Network was a Diamond P production and took the cameras behind-the-scenes to introduce race fans to some of the sport's more dynamic individuals.

This episode spends time with veteran driver Joe Amato and his successful transition from Top Alcohol Dragster driver to professional world champion.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1972 NHRA WORLD FINALS, AMARILLO, TEX

About the only thing predictable about the National Hot Rod Association's 8th Annual World Finals was the fantastic hospitality the citizens of Amarillo showed World Finals contestants and spectators. Everything else ran the gamut, providing the fine crowd of hearty spectators with a most exciting weekend of drag racing action at its finest.

"Unpredictable" was the byword, and Mother Nature lent herself to the occasion by going berserk. One minute the drivers were seating in their firesuits, and the next hour saw qualifying prematurely ended when a hail storm hit the strip! Overall, inclement weather caused cancellation of Thursday's downtown festivities, Friday's qualifying session, and shortened Saturday's qualifying efforts. But, lo and behold, Sunday the sun shone brightly, and it then became the competition, which took over the unpredictability of the event.

Winners ranged from the "sure bet" category like the Pro Stock win of Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, who annexed his first-ever World Finals title, to the Top Fuel win of Jim Walther, who overcame terrific odds to score the upset of the meet.

Such was not the case in Funny Car Eliminator, however, as Larry Fullerton and Kevin Doheny saved their best for last, clicking off a superb 6.58, 222.32 mph effort to upend Jake Johnston's valiant 6.69 bid. For Jake, it marked the second straight World Finals runner-up, and for Larry Fullerton, it marked the highlight in a long and varied career, which has seen more than its share of disappointments.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1987 IHRA WINTERNATIONALS, DARLINGTON, SC

The 1987 season-opener for the Bristol, Tenn.-based IHRA was one which brought a lot of enthusiasm on many fronts.

After benching the Top Fuel dragsters in 1984, the IHRA welcomed back the kings of the sport. Then there was a the race to 200 miles per hour for the doorslammers which was the first major battle between the then top of the food chain for full bodied racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock and the up and coming Top Sportsman cars.

Check out all the action because this episode is chock full of it.

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