There was a time during the late 80’s and early 90’s when NHRA didn’t have a 24 race schedule and a lock on all of the “Super” Tracks. In fact great tracks such as Bristol and the Texas Motorplex were IHRA sanctioned tracks and some of NHRA’s very best Fuel Coupes could be found racing at these tracks. So with the IHRA Fuel Coupe class being dropped from the program for the second time in a decade we thought it would be nice to go back and look at some of the cars that ran the IHRA Nitro Funny Car class over the last 20 years or so.
- In 1988 Mark Oswald, driving for the Candies and Hughes Ford Motorcraft team, was the IHRA World Champion. He beat privateer Doc Halladay and crew chief Jerry Newman for the title by just over 400pts.
- Doc Halladay and Jerry Newman finished second in IHRA World Championship points in 1987-89-90 and they did it without a major sponsor. A feat unimaginable in today’s nitro racing series.