NHRA FUNNY CAR
Funny Car drivers have made six of the
seven fastest runs in history, including Top
Fuel. Just don’t look for this phase to go
on forever. And don’t call it unprecedented.
“60ft, 330ft, 660ft – the cars are
running better at every point on the track
than they ever have,” Neff says. “You can
just give them more now – more power,
more clutch, more everything. They’ll just
keep taking it. They’re pulling more Gs
[5-plus] 150, 200ft down the track than
when they leave. But I think we’ve hit a wall.
This is about to come to a screeching halt.
The record’s not going to drop a tenth of a
“The crew chiefs will come up with
something new – they always do,” says
Capps, who’s had some of the best. “The old
guys think it’s funny how everybody thinks
these laid-back headers are something new.
My heroes, some of the biggest names
there are – Don Prudhomme, Ed McCulloch,
Austin Coil – have sent me pictures of
their cars from way back with headers
If their career depended on winning
one round, most nitro racers would
want it to be at Maple Grove, Pa.