Can You Match These Drag Racers with Their Cars?

By: Robin Tyler
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Drag racing is an extremely popular sport in the United States.

It has certainly come a long way from the illegal races held on back roads in the 1940s and 1950s. Shrewd businessmen soon realized the potential of this form of racing and legal drag strips with legalized racing soon popped up throughout the country. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Racers like Don Garlits, recognized as the father of drag racing, came to the fore. Amid the smell of rubber and gas, drag racers quickly became legends in the racing scene. But not just them, their cars as well. Why? Well, you see, they were standard cars that the public could buy off a showroom floor.

Of course, they were tuned to peak performance but the public loved the fact that these cars were available to them as well. Many drag racers quickly made their names in the sport. Drivers such as Raymond Beadle, Don Prudhomme, and Ronnie Sox, amongst others, became household names. Their cars were often just as famous as they were.

In this quiz, we want you to match a drag racing driver, from past and present, to his or her vehicle.  It's easier in some cases than others!

Good luck!

The father of drag racing, Don Garlits is ranked the 23rd greatest driver of all time by ESPN. Not bad for a drag racer. Garlits had many cars throughout his career named Swamp Rat, but the first, Swamp Rat 1, will forever be remembered with his name.

A four-time Funny Car drag racing champion, Raymond Beadle is one of the sport's greatest drivers. He is also forever tied to the Blue Max Plymouth, a car in which he won numerous events.

Although he was a successful drag racer before he drove the Plymouth Barracuda, this vehicle will always be associated with ‘The Snake’ as he was known. The Hot Wheels sponsorship was also the first major commercial sponsorship deal in the sport. Prudhomme was a four-time Funny Car drag champion.

A staggering 148 Funny Car wins, coupled with 16 championship victories – including 10 in a row - make John Force one of the greatest drag racers ever.

With no corporate sponsorship, Ramo Stott certainly did very well for himself in the world of drag racing. He was ARCA champion in 1970 and 1971.

The ‘first lady of drag racing’, Shirley Shahan was winning races on the west coast pre-1960. She is associated mostly with the Dodge Hemi in the 1960s and was the first woman to win an NHRA event.

The Hemi under the Glass Plymouth Barracuda and Bob Riggle went hand in hand in the 1960s. In fact, Riggle returned to racing in 1991, bringing this classic to a new generation.

A MOPAR hall of famer, Don Grotheer was ever-present on the stock car scene in the 1960s and 1970s, favoring Plymouth’s in particular.

Vincent Noble has competed in the Pro Stock class since 2010. In that time, he has managed 12 career wins.

A participant in the Funny Car division on the national drag racing circuit, Tom Wilkerson has secured 21 wins in his career, 20 of which have been in the Funny Car division.

Two championships and 25 wins during his career make Matt Hagan one of the top Funny Car drag racers in the world. His last championship was in 2014.

The 2017 champion, Brittany Force, has raced to eight career wins, four of which came this season (as of July 2018). Her best career speed is 333.66 mph.

Roger Lindamood was a familiar name on the drag circuit in the 1960s and 1970s. His vehicles were always emblazoned with the Color Me Gone logo and painted in blue and white.

During the 2017 season, Steve Torrence won eight times and secured three runners-up positions. He has 24 career wins to his name (as of July 2018).

One of the first factory-sponsored drag racers, Dick Landy is remembered for his AF/X Dodge Hemi Coronet as well as for his contributions to the sport over the years.

Doug Kalitta knows how to win a drag race. In fact, he has done it on 66 occasions (as of July 2018). Kalitta has participated in the sport since 1998.

Drag racing’s first black champion, Antron Brown has won the championship on four occasions. He has also won 45 races (as of July 2018). He is a co-host of "Top Gear America."

Riding a Dodge Charger in the funny car division, Ron Capps secured eight victories in 2017, which took his tally to 59 overall. He won the funny car championship in 2016.

Drag racing is certainly in Erica Enders-Stevens' blood. She began racing when she was only 8 years old. In 2006, she was the first female to qualify in first position for a Pro Stock event and today, she boasts 24 drag racing wins, 23 of which came in the Pro Stock class.

The 2017 season was a great one for Clay Millican as he recorded his first-ever win. He now has three (as of July 2018).

Racing in the Funny Car division, Robert Hight has 42 wins in his career since 2005. He has also participated in 69 final rounds. He is a two-time champion, winning in 2009 and 2017.

Ronny Sox, who went by the nickname ‘Mr Four Speed,’ is forever associated with the red and white Plymouth Barracuda which won the second-ever Pro Stock race held in Dallas. Sox is a five-time NHRA champion.

Debuting in 2011, Courtney Forces races in the NHRA Funny Car division. She has 13 wins in her career, 12 of which came in the Funny Car division.

Together with Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen will be forever associated with the Plymouth Barracuda Funny Car. The team was the first to land a major commercial sponsorship deal in the sport of drag racing, thanks to Hot Wheels. McEwen played a large part in securing the deal.

Another of the fairer sex who add glamor to the sport of drag racing, Leah Pritchett might not yet have won a championship but she has nine victories to her name in the sport (as of July 2018). Her husband, Gary, is a crew member for fellow racer, Steve Torrence.

Darrel Alderman won two Pro Stock championships in 1990 and 1991, including 11 wins in 14 races in the ’91 season, driving this Dodge Daytona.

With eight NHRA championships to his name, Tony Schumacher is a drag racing veteran and legend. He won six championships in a row between 2004 and 2009 and has won 83 times on track (as of July 2018).

2017 was a good year for Terry McMillen as he registered his first-ever win. He also made two final round appearances.

Al Eckstrsand won the 1962 Super Stock automatic drag class driving a Ramchargers Super Stock Dodge.

With eight wins behind his name, Tanner Gray is a young talent in the Pro Stock class in drag racing in America. In fact, he is the youngest driver ever to win an event. He did so a few days before his 18th birthday. His five wins in his first season are the most ever recorded by a rookie driver.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. began his Pro Stock career in 1990. To date, he has won six championships (five in Pro Stock), amassing 79 wins along the way, 60 of which have come in the Pros Stock class.

Drew Skillman has 13 drag racing wins in his career, seven of which came in the Pro Stock class.

Pat Dakin has secured two wins during his drag racing career in the top fuel division. He has a personal top speed record of 324.98 mph and has competed in six final rounds.

A three-time Pro Stock champion, the last of which was secured in 2016, Jason Line has won 49 times in his career.

Tommy Johnson has had 18 wins during his drag racing career, with the majority (15) coming in the Funny Car division.

Shawn Reed has raced for close to a decade but has yet to find that elusive final round win. He has a personal top speed record of 324.67 mph.

Racing in the 2016 and 2017 season, Scott Palmer has managed one final round appearance. In 2017, he managed six round wins but never an overall win.

‘Fast’ Jack Beckman races in the Funny Car division. He has 29 wins to his credit, including 27 in the Funny Car division. He was also crowned champion in 2012.

Racing in the Pro Stock Division, Greg Anderson has secured 90 wins in his career and won the championship on four occasions, the last in 2010.

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