7 Things You Didn't Know About Drag Racing

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The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2004 and is the most winning team in Formula Drift history, earning the 2015 title with driver Fredric Aasbo, as well as back­to­ back championship titles with driver Tanner Foust in 2007 and 2008. The Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback is the latest competition build from the Hawthorne, California, based team.

Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport­ compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel ­drive, tube­-chassis drag car in the U.S. The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front­-drive drag cars. Papadakis’ successes in front­-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear­-wheel drive when he campaigned a Honda Civic that became just the fifth car to join the NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.


  1. Because NHRA has fallen all over themselves for Big Corporate interests and are bleeding fans I don't follow NHRA events anymore ..maybe next year they might try pole dancers at half time ..after the monkey fuck called 4 wide racing anything's possible. .

  2. These top fuel and funny cars to me are an engineering marvel, when you can reach 300 + MPH in the short distance that they do and keep it on the ground that is nearly rocket science.

  3. VERY, VERY nice of you to take all the time you took to make this video. I made 1 video 1 time….i spent 7hrs. editing it for a 4 minute video.. I subscribed… THANKS!!!!

  4. Good job! Been an NHRA fan since Grumpy (Cornell, enginering 3 yrs), Sox and Martin and Dick Landy ran factory supported 'elephant' motors.
    Elephants are scared of mice (Chevy mouse motors, then rat motors). Ford FE 427 see Henry Ford 2nd, Ford v Ferrari, Holman and Moody outlet for high perf Ford everything). What won on Sunday, sold on Monday! When the hemi was given extra weight so the Chevys could be competitive, Grumpy got some upset wins. Hot rodding and overt support from factory engineering was not always seen as good for stock prices. But, Smokey Yunick, Jack Roush and the Firedome boys (early Hemi) saw that racing was such a valuable market, the bean counters were forced to concede some 'battles'.

  5. I would say your information is pretty accurate except for the hose clamp statement. Yes it is true that the front of the engine Saddles the frame rails and then it's hose clamped but the back of the engine block mounts to a mid plate which is securely mounted to the chassis with multiple bolts. The reason behind the front floating Arrangement is so the engine and Chassis or not over constrained in this area

  6. I got into racing at small oval track stock cars. Love the action.
    When it comes to top fuel dragsters, it's the engineering that gets me excited the most.
    Maybe the booming sound coming off the engines, but it was the engineering that got it there.

  7. The most tedious, expensive, non sense racing ever. Boy was that a fun 7-10 seconds. Now let's rebuild broken parts and do it again and see who has the biggest pee pee. It's all cool, but this video just explains why its more dangerous, tedious, expensive and just a waste of time in comparison to driving and working on the car. Work on the car for hundreds of hours, drive for 8 seconds. Wow that was fun and not anti climatic at all…

    I wouldn't sacrifice the drive on a real track with a operational vehicle just do do 300 for 7-8 second. I'll ride a bull if I want an 8 second adrenaline run. Much cheaper, probably safer too. Drag racing is the biggest pissing match sport in existence. Prove me wrong. IT GO FAST, IT BE LOUD, IT RUN A QUARTER MILE AT A TIME THEN I HAVE TO REBUILD IT 🤪🤪

  8. If you go to large NHRA event, if you are lucky and they have a show and tell in the pits called Nitro School, make every attempt to see it. They take about an hour, they bring different crew members/tech staff up and they go over the in's and outs of TOP Fuel Racing. It is truly mind blowing. I have seen it at the U.S. Nationals, several times, and I loved it. I wish it was on video, so I could watch it over and over.

  9. This was awesome Steph ..way to make it make sense to us who wish we were involved more in it..I follow the tech but never see it in action ..and the hose clamps had no idea that was super cool

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