OH, HOW FAR WE'VE COME!!
Checking our fourteen-month calendar, we must concede the
new millennium is well under way (some of us preferred the
old millennium, but that's another story). With the 2006 season
looming large, let's have some fun by considering some obscure
factoids from the sport's past. For better or worse, the questions
in this month's quiz are about NHRA drag racing. The Quizzter
swears he will "broaden his horizons" starting next
month!! And Away We Go!
Congratulations to our November quiz winner,
Tom Braksator! And now, here are the November
NOVEMBER QUIZ ANSWERS
#1 NHRA recently signed an "historic"
TV extension with ESPN as an exclusive broadcast provider.
How many networks, total, have hosted NHRA drag racing?
#2 The need for downforce in drag
racing is a given, particularly in Top Fuel. At the 1963
Winter Nationals, Don Garlits took a bold step forward,
adding an overhead wing to his rail. What number Swamp Rat
wore the wing? B SW 5
#3 Before rev limiters, when all things
were possible, the 4.40 barrier in Top Fuel was considered
the "Last Frontier." Who ran the first T/F 4.40?
C Larry Dixon
#4 Given the very recent loss of his
Funny Car Eliminator throne, let us pause for a moment of
quiet reflection on John Force, the most dominant drag racer
of our time. OK now, snap out of it and tell us what year
he won his first race in Funny Car. B
#5 Still on a Force note, The Man
is one of the few drag racers able to make the Outside World
aware of his existence. A while back, he became the first
drag racer to be voted Driver of the Year. What year did
this happen? B 1996