Can You Identify the Top Drag Racers of All Time?

By: Robin Tyler

Can You Identify the Top Drag Racers of All Time?
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About This Quiz

Drag racing is certainly a world of speed! No matter what class, a drag racer is a super fast machine, with a massive engine that propels it over a quarter-mile as quickly as possible. And while the machinery is crucial - you're not going to win a drag race in a Volkswagen Beetle - the men and women in the cockpit are just as important. Not only do they have to have nerves of steel, their reaction times can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing in a world where hundredths and even thousandths of a second count!

The sport of drag racing actually originated in California in the 1930s. Hot summers made the dry lake beds the ideal place for racers to test their cars and engines against each other. After the Second World War, racing got a lot more serious and eventually, formal competition started happening all over the United States as racers found ways to get even more power and speed out of the normal engines of the day. In 1951, Wally Parks founded the National Hot Rod Association and everything exploded from there. Today, drag racing is big business and many heroes have been born out on the quarter-mile.

But can you identify them, those from yesteryear and modern day drivers? Good luck!

Antron Brown Name this drag racer, who in 2016 won his third NHRA Top Fuel championship.
Antron Brown
A three time Top Fuel champion, Antron Brown won the title in 2012, 2015 and 2016. He current has 50 victories to his name.
Tony Schumacher
Don Garlits
John Force

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Tony Schumacher This drag racer shares a name with another legendary icon of motorsport. He is an 8-time NHRA champion.
Antron Brown
Tony Schumacher
An 8 times NHRA champion, Tony Schumacher has an incredible 83 wins to his name in drag racing on the NHRA circuit!
Don Garlits
John Force

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Don Garlits Considered the father of modern drag racing, can you name the icon pictured here?
Antron Brown
Tony Schumacher
Don Garlits
'Big Daddy' John Garlits is one of the most well-known names in drag racing. Garlits is responsible for the rear-engined dragster design we know today and is considered the father of the sport. Garlits won a total of 17 world championships.
John Force

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John Force One of drag racing's most successful drivers and owners, name this legend, please.
Antron Brown
Tony Schumacher
Don Garlits
John Force
A 16-time Funny Car champion, John Force is also a top winning owner with his vehicles claiming 20 championships. All in all, Force won 149 races. 'Brute' Force once won ten straight NHRA championships in a row!

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Willie Borsch A true character in the sport of drag racing, can you name the driver pictured here?
Willie Borsch
'Wild Willie' Borsch was yet another character to grace the sport of drag racing. He was fondly known for driving his car one-handed, while the other sat outside the roll cage stretched along the body of the car! It wasn't showmanship, however, he was just too big for the seat of the car!
John Force
Tony Schumacher
Antron Brown

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Pat Austin The drag racing legend pictured here had 73 wins during his career. Who is he?
John Force
Willie Borsch
Don Garlits
Pat Austin
With 73 wins, 68 of them racing Funny Cars, Pat Austin is one of the most successful drag racers ever to hit the tarmac. He also won four national championship titles.

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Don Prudhomme This drag racer was know as 'The Snake'. Can you identify him, please.
Pat Austin
Don Prudhomme
The first Funny Car driver to ever pass 250 mph, Don Prudhomme was known as 'The Snake'. He won 4 championships in his career but also brought the first marketing elements into the sport, securing a massive sponsorship with Mattel and their Hot Wheels franchise.
Willie Borsch
Tony Schumacher

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Shirley Muldowney The drag racer pictured in this image is _______
Don Prudhomme
Don Garlits
Shirley Muldowney
The 'First Lady of Drag Racing', Shirley Muldowney won three Top Fuel Dragster championship titles in the late '70s and early '80s. She was the first woman to be given a Top Fuel dragster racing license and is considered a pioneer in the sport.
Antron Brown

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Bob Glidden In 1987, this drag racer qualified 1st in all the NHRA events he entered. Can you name him?
Bob Glidden
Bob Glidden won 10 Winston Cup championships in his career, including five titles in a row from 1985 to 1989. Not only that, but in 1979 he won nine nationals in a row and in 1987 qualified in first place at all 14 events that year.
Shirley Muldowney
Don Prudhomme
Pat Austin

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Kenny Bernstein Can you identify this drag racer, known to his legion of fans as the 'King of Speed?'
Don Garlits
Bob Glidden
John Force
Kenny Bernstein
'The King of Speed', Kenny Bernstein was the first drag racer to crash through the 300 mph mark in the quarter-mile. He also had an ongoing sponsorship with Budweiser that lasted for over 30 years, the longest sponsorship in the sport.

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Warren Johnson Name this formidable racer from the Pro Stock division.
Kenny Bernstein
Bob Glidden
Warren Johnson
At the age of 75, Warren Johnson still competes in drag racing. He is the driver with the most wins in Pro Stock (75) and he has six championship victories to his name. He is known as 'The Professor of Pro Stock'.
Tony Schumacher

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Terry Vance Name this motorcycle dragster, please.
Terry Vance
The man who brought motorcycle drag racing to the fore, Terry Vance won many races and did everything to promote the sport. He was a 14-time champion!
Warren Johnson
Shirley Muldowney
Willie Borsch

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Gary Scelzi Can you name this 2005 NHRA Funny Car champion?
Tony Schumacher
Terry Vance
Gary Scelzi
Not only has Gary Scelzi won the NHRA Top Fuel championship on three occasions, he also won the 2005 Funny Car championship as well.
Antron Brown

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Tom McEwen This drag racer played a pivotal role in introducing big sponsorship deals into the sport in the 1960s. Who is he?
Gary Scelzi
Pat Austin
Kenny Bernstein
Tom McEwen
Together with Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme, 'The Mongoose' as Tom McEwen was known did much to increase the exposure for drag racing in the 1960s and 1970s. The pair secured drag racing's first big sponsorship through Mattel, and their 'Hot Wheels' cars were an attraction all over the United States. Maybe not the most successful drag racer (he only won 5 events overall), McEwen did much to promote the sport, however.

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Jim Liberman Can you identify one of drag racing's much loved showmen?
Don Garlits
Jim Liberman
'Jungle Jim' Liberman was one of drag racing's first successful showmen. Know for reversing at 100 mph after completing a burnout, Liberman was pure entertainment on the drag racing circuit. He was more of a match racer than one who participated in NHRA events, although he did secure one victory in 1975.
Tom McEwen
John Force

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Raymond Beadle This drag racer was known for his 'Blue Max' Funny Car. Name him, please.
Don Prudhomme
Jim Liberman
Raymond Beadle
Know for his 'Blue Max' Funny Car, Raymond Beadle won three NHRA championships in the late '70's and early '80s as well as three IHRA championships. He was also a NASCAR owner from 1983 to 1990, winning the championship in 1989 with Rusty Wallace driving.
Shirley Muldowney

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Joe Amato A five-time Top Fuel champion, can you name this dragster?
Joe Amato
Joe Amato scored 52 drag race victories over the course of his career along with 5 NHRA Top Fuel championships. He was also the first to take his car through the 260 and 280 mph barrier in competition setup.
Raymond Beadle
Tom McEwen
Pat Austin

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Connie Kalitta Identify this racer, known as 'The Bounty Hunter'
Tony Schumacher
Connie Kalitta
'The Bounty Hunter', Conrad 'Connie' Kalitta started out his drag racing career teaming up with Shirley Muldowney. Kalitta won 9 NHRA nationals over the course of his career and also was the first driver to race over 200 mph at an officially sanctioned NHRA event.
Rusty Wallace
Joe Amato

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Jack Chrisman This drag racer is one of the sport's pioneers. Who is he?
Connie Kalitta
Gary Scelzi
Jack Chrisman
One of the pioneers of drag racing, Jack Chrisman raced for from 1953 to 1972 and was crowned champion for the 1961 season. Chrisman helped introduce the Funny Car class to the sport.
Antron Brown

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Blaine Johnson Can you name this NHRA Top Alcohol dragster legend?
Don Garlits
Jack Chrisman
Blaine Johnson
An NHRA Top Alcohol dragster legend, Blaine Johnson won that class championship for four years in a row from 1990 to 1993. He moved to the prestigious Top Fuel class but died in a crash in 1996, the first fatality since 1971.
John Force

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Edmond Richardson The drag racer pictured here is ________
Edmond Richardson
One of the most successful sportsman drivers in drag racing history, Edmond Richardson won 46 national events along with multiple championships.
Blaine Johnson
Connie Kalitta
Raymond Beadle

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Tommy Ivo A drag racer and Hollywood actor? It's true! Can you name him?
Tommy Ivo
Not only was Tommy Ivo a pioneer drag racer, but a Hollywood actor as well. He was involved in the early years of the sport. In the '50's his twin-engined Buick became the first dragster to cross the 160, 170 and 180 mph barriers. His Hollywood star power also brought the sport into the limelight.
Edmond Richardson
Shirley Muldowney
Kenny Bernstein

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Bill jenkins Tell us who this drag racer is, please. He was known as 'The Grump'.
Don Garlits
Warren Johnson
Tommy Ivo
Bill Jenkins
Nicknamed 'The Grump', Bill Jenkins gained 13 NHRA wins during his career, most in manual shift vehicles. Although those wins are far less than other greats of the sport, Jenkins excelled in engine setup and is fondly remembered for that.

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Dale Armstrong A master at setting up an engine, name this legend of the NHRA please.
Don Prudhomme
Bill Jenkins
Michael Schumacher
Dale Armstrong
Like Bill Jenkins, Dale Armstrong didn't boast as many NHRA wins as some of his other counterparts but was certainly known for his ability to set up both a dragster and its engine. After his career, Armstrong was the brains behind Kenny Berstein winning the Top Fuel Championship in 1996. This made him the only driver to win both the Top Fuel and Funny Car championship.

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Mickey Thompson This racer has held over 200 land speed records during his career. Who is he?
Mickey Thompson
Not only was Mickey Thompson a great drag racer, but he is credited with the design of the first slingshot dragster. An innovator, Thompson held over 200 lands speed records during his career and once drove a FOUR-engined Challenger 1 to over 400 mph in 1960.
Dale Armstrong
Pat Austin
Antron Brown

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Lee Shepherd Sadly, an accident stopped this drag racer's promising career. Who is he
Tom McEwen
Jim Liberman
Mickey Thompson
Lee Shepherd
Lee Shepherd was a formidable drag racer in the 1980s whose career was cut short tragically in a testing accident in 1985. He had the Winston Championship for four straight years before that, from 1981 to 1984. His career saw him reach 43 of 56 NHRA national events, claiming 26 wins. He also was the first driver to win the NHRA and HRA Pro Stock Championship in 1983.

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Gary Beck Identify this two-time Top Fuel champion, please.
Lee Shepherd
Gary Beck
A two-time champion, Gary Beck won 19 Top Fuel events during his career. His greatest achievement came in 1983 when he recorded 17 of the 18 ever fastest Top Fuel dragster times.
Connie Kalitta
Raymond Beadle

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Gene Snow The drag racer featured here is ________
Gary Beck
Don Prudhomme
Gene Snow
An innovator, Gene Snow raced on the drag circuit for three decades up until the 1980s. He pioneered direct drive systems in his vehicle, which others later caught on to.
Jeff Gordon

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Jim Dunn Can you name this drag racer who had a career for 38 years?
Rusty Wallace
Gene Snow
Don Garlits
Jim Dunn
Jim Dunn raced about every type of drag racer that was available and won in every single class. Dunn raced from 1953 to 1991, at which point he became one of the top tuners in the business.

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George Montgomery Name this drag racer, please.
George Montgomery
George Montgomery, know as 'Ohio George,' won the NHRA gas title on seven occasions. These machines essentially evolved into Funny Car and Pro Stock cars.
Jim Dunn
Gary Scelzi
Willie Borsch

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James Warren Identify this drag racer from the 1960s, please.
George Montgomery
James Warren
James Warren was part of a formidable trio along with Roger Coburn and Marvin Miller, his crewmen. In the 1960s, Warren won numerous drag racing events.
Willie Borsch
Tony Schumacher

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Darrell Gwynn Sadly, this drag racer's career was cut short by a massive accident. Do you know who he is?
John Force
Darrell Gwynn
Darrel Gwynn's considerable drag racing career was cut short by an accident in England in 1990 that left him paralyzed. Up until that point, over a 10-year period, he had won 28 NHRA national events.
James Warren
Gary Scelzi

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Dick LaHaie A Top Fuel champion and a crew master later in life, name this drag racer, please.
Darrell Gwynn
Bob Glidden
Dick LaHaie
Dick LaHaie was crowned NHRA Top Fuel champion in 1987 and went on to crew Scott Kalitta championship runs in 1994 and 1995.
Shirley Muldowney

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Eddie Hill Who is the drag racer in this image, the oldest man to ever win the Top Fuel championship?
Dick LaHaie
John Force
Eddie Hill
Eddie Hill won 12 national titles during his drag racing career which was broken into two stints - 1963 to 1966 and 1985 to 1999. In 1960, 'Fast Eddie' set an incredible record. He broke the quarter-mile time by half a second, bring it down from 9.40 to 8.84. In 1993, Hill was the oldest competitor ever to be crowned Top Fuel champion.
Shirley Muldowney

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Ronnie Sox Recognized as the best power shifter in the business, can you identify this drag racer?
Ronnie Sox
Regularly called the best ever driver to race four-speed dragsters, Ronnie Sox won five NHRA championships in the 1960s and 1970s. Sox certainly was the king of power shifting.
Eddie Hill
Tom McEwen
Jim Liberman

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Don Nicholson This is the Pro Stock champion from 1977. Do you know who he is?
Jack Chrisman
Ronnie Sox
Jeff Gordon
Don Nicholson
One of the early stars of match racing in the 1960s, before there were many NHRA events, 'Dynamo' Don Nicholson got his nickname as used a dynamo on his dash while racing. Nicholson went on to win the Pro Stock championship in 1977.

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Ed McCulloch Any ideas as to the identity of this drag racer?
Tommy Ivo
Don Nicholson
Ed McCulloch
Ed McCulloch started out racing Top Fuel racers in the 1960s, moving onto Funny Cars in 1969. In fact, in his first Funny Car event, he won. He went on to claim 22 NHRA events in total during his career.
Gary Beck

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Pete Robinson Sadly, this popular drag racer died in a car accident in 1975. Do you know who he is?
Ed McCulloch
Pete Robinson
A much-loved drag racer, Pete Robinson died after a crash in 1971. Ever the gentleman, Robinson won three NHRA national events. Robinson was known to make his cars as light as possible, even grinding away metal from the engine block to do so.
Don Prudhomme
John Force

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Art Chrisman The drag racer pictured here is _________
Art Chrisman
One of drag racing's early pioneers, Art Chrisman started out racing his family Ford sedan! Later, his famed #25 dragster was the car the crowds wanted to see. Interestingly, it was from the 1930s and no set model, put together from different parts. Chrisman acquired the car in a trade for his motorcycle!
Pete Robinson
Shirley Muldowney
Dick LaHaie

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Chris Karamesines A mad cap style and always giving 110%, can you name this drag racer?
Tony Schumacher
Chris Karamesines
Although he can't claim any national titles, Chris Karmesines is in the NHRA Hall of Fame! That is mostly thanks to his mad cap style, always giving 110% And the crowds loved it! Before railing was used on the side of tracks, Karamesines would often go off course, only to come back to the track and win the race! What's not to love about that?
Art Chrisman
Antron Brown

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