Top 10 Tuesday: NHRA’s Greatest Champions

Spencer Neff


Thank You for reading and I hope you are having a great week. On Sunday, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will close out its season in Pomona and two drivers from the Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle series will join Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Antron Brown (Top Fuel) as 2015 champions. In celebration, here is a list of the sport’s top ten champions.

10. Don Garlits: Widely regarded as the best drag racer ever, Garlits won three titles from 1975-1986 to go along with his 35 national event wins.

9. Don Prudhomme: Prudhomme holds the distinction of being the first Funny Car driver ever to win consecutive titles, when he won four from 1975 to 1978, accompanied by 49 national event wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car.

8. Joe Amato: Amato is just one of two drivers to win five or more titles in Top Fuel, as he won five from 1984-1992 to go along with his 52 wins.

7. Jeg Coughlin Jr.: Aside from Bob Glidden and Warren Johnson, Coughlin is the only driver in Pro Stock to win five or more titles, doing so from 2000-2013, while attaining 74 wins, also trailing only Glidden and Johnson.

6. Dave Schultz: In 1987, Schultz became the first champion in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Nine years later, he had racked up five more titles and 45 wins, both of which are class records.

5. Kenny Bernstein: Bernstein is likely the most successful driver to have competed in multiple classes. After winning four consecutive Funny Car championships from 1985 to 1988, Bernstein would later win the 1996 and 2001 Top Fuel crown, also ending his career with 69 wins.

4. Warren Johnson: Johnson was the top Pro Stock driver during much of the 1990s and 2000s, Johnson has a class-record 97 wins to go with his six championships.

3. Tony Schumacher: Perhaps the most dominant driver in Top Fuel history, Schumacher has class records with 73 wins and 8 championships, including six in a row from 2004 to 2009.

2. Bob Glidden: The only driver other than Force to win 10 championships, Glidden dominated the Pro Stock class, winning 10 championships from 1974-1989, and 85 national events.

  1. John Force: In addition to records for wins (143) and top qualifier spots (139), Funny Car’s Force has added an NHRA record 16 titles, including 10 in a row from 1992-2002.

Enjoy your week and see you soon.


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