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September 5, 2011

Winner Announced & Answers to the U.S. Nationals Drag Racing Trivia Contest sponsored by Holy Toledo!

Filed under: NHRA, Vintage Sports Video — Bill @ 12:40 pm

Race day has finally arrived!
The 57th U.S. Nationals.

Here are the much anticipated results & answers to the U.S. Nationals Drag Racing Trivia Contest sponsored by Holy Toledo!

And the winner is………………
with 22.5 points…
Buck Reed from Oregon!
Buck was able to gain 2.5 points in the Final Round to move past Dave Underwood.

Final Standings
22.5 – Buck Reed
21 – Dave Underwood
19 – Larry Kingston
16.5 – Gary Woodall
14 – Pete Lancaster

Round 1
Each question is worth 2 points

1- Who won more U.S. Nationals titles as a driver?
Jerry Eckman, Frank Iaconio, Larry Morgan, Darrel Aldermann, Kurt Johnson, or Mike Edwards?

KJ = 2
All the rest have 1

2- Who won more U.S. Nationals titles as a driver?
Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, Ed McCulloch, or Bob Glidden?

Bob Glidden = 9

3- Which of these won the least U.S. Nationals titles in a row as a driver?
Bob Glidden, Warren Johnson,, Greg Anderson, or Tony Schumacher?

Bob Glidden = 3
All the rest won 4 in a row

4- Who had the first 4 second pass in U.S. Nationals history in Top Fuel?
Darrell Gwynn, Eddie Hill, Dick LaHaie, Joe Amato, Kenny Bernstein, Or Don Garlits?

Dick LaHaie

5- Who had the first 300 M.P.H. pass in U.S. Nationals history?
Darrell Gwynn, Eddie Hill, Dick LaHaie, Joe Amato, Kenny Bernstein, Or Don
Garlits?

Kenny Bernstein

6- Who among these never won as a driver at the U.S. Nationals?
Don Schumacher, “Dyno” Don Nicholson, Dennis Baca, Danny Ongais, or Tom Hoover?

Tom Hoover

7- What was the first year the U.S. Nationals were ever held in Indianapolis?
1959
1960
1961
1962

1961

8- How many U.S. Nationals titles did Shirley Muldowney win as a drver?
0
1
2
3

1

9- What was the first year Funny Car became an official class at the U.S. Nationals
1967
1968
1969
1970

1967, the 1st ever F/C winner was Doug Thorley

10- What was the first year Pro Stock became an official class at the U.S. Nationals?
1967
1968
1969
1970

1970, the 1st ever P/S winner was Herb McCandless

Round 2
Each question is worth 2 points

1- What was the first year ABC Wide World of Sports televised the U.S. Nationals?
1961
1962
1963
1964

1963

2- What was the first year NBC televised the U.S. Nationals?
1987
1988
1989
1990

1990

3- What was the first year ESPN televised the U.S. Nationals?
1999
2000
2001
2002

2001

4- What was the first year Don Garlits appeared as a member of the television announcing crew?
1985
1986
1987
1988

1987 because he had crashed his Swamp Rat just weeks before

5- Who was never a primary announcer for the U.S. Nationals TV broadcast?
Keith Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Jim, Simpson
Bill Fleming
Joel Meyers
Ralph Sheheen

Jim Simpson

6- Speaking of announcers, the last time Mike Dunn drove at the U.S. Nationals he made it to the Finals. Who did he lose to?
Tony Schumacher
Larry Dixon
Gary Scelzi
Kenny Bernstein
Cory McClenathan

Larry Dixon beat Dunn, who was driving the NY Yankees dragster

7- The first year Mike Dunn worked in the TV booth as an announcer was?
2000
2001
2002
2003

2002

8- The first U.S. Nationals to be broadcast live was by TNN, can you name the year?
1993
1994
1995
1996

1995

9- They had strapped movie cameras to cars in the past, but the 1st wireless digital in-car camera was used in 1988 on who’s car?
Eddie Hill
Joe Amato
Kenny Bernstein
Dick LaHaie
Shelly Anderson

On Eddie Hill’s “Nuclear Banana”

10- What was the last U.S. Nationals the great Steve Evans worked as an announcer?
1997
1998
1999
2000

2000, sadly Steve passed away 2 months later

Semi-Final Round
Each question is now worth 4 points

1- When Connie Kalitta beat Eddie Hill in the Finals to earn his only U.S. Nationals Top Fuel win who was his crew chief?
Dick LaHaie
Connie Kalitta
John Medlen
Tim Richards
Ed McCulloch

Tim Richmond

2- In 1995 when Cruz Pedregon beat John Force in the Funny Car Finals Cruz wore a helmet that was painted like what NFL team?
LA Rams
Dallas Cowboys
Oakland Raiders
SF 49ers
St. Louis Rams

Oakland Raiders, did you really think I would mention any other team?

3- How far did John Force advance the first U.S. Nationals race that he had Austib Coil as his crew chief?
1st Round loss
2nd Round loss
Semi-Finals loss
Finals loss
Won the race

Semi0Final loss

4- When John Force won his 1st U.S. Nationals title who did he beat in the Finals?
Al Hoffmann
Kenji Okazaki
Cruz Pedregon
Tony Pedregon
Frank Pedregon

Kenji Okazaki blew up the Mooneyes F/C on the burnout to give John the win

5- John Force was 0 for 10 in Final Rounds before finally winning his 1st national event beating Ed McCullough in Montreal in 1987. Unfortunately the race wasn’t televised so nobody saw it. The following year on U.S. Nationals weekend John won the Big Bud Shootout for his first NHRA win on TV. True of False: John cried during his post-race interview with Steve Evans?
True
False

True he cried and for a rare instance was almost speechless

*Bonus Question for 1 extra point:

Can you name John Force’s children from youngest to oldest?

Courtney
Brittany
Ashley
Adria

Final Round
Each question is now worth 10 points

1- The Top Fuel Final Round at the U.S. Nationals has seen many great match-ups featuring some of drag racing’s greatest drivers. The oldest combined age for two drivers in a U.S. Nationals Top Fuel Final was? *2.5 points for each correct driver you name & 5 points for naming their combined age.

In 1994 Connie Kalitta (age 56) beat Eddie Hill (age 59), for a combined age of 114

2- The legendary Steve Evans was a fixture at the U.S. Nationals for many years. Can you tell us how many years Steve Evans attended the U.S. Nationals?

36, he was an announcer for 35 races and attended once as a regular fan

Thanks to all those who entered, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Congratulations to our winner Buck Reed!

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