Dutch Muscle Cars & Dragracers

Dragrace Klassen

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PROFESSIONAL

Top Fuel
Top Fuel dragsters are the fastest-accelerating vehicles in the world. The 25-foot landlocked missiles can cover the quarter-mile in 4.4 seconds at speeds in excess of 330 mph. The engine of choice for most teams is an aluminum version of the famed 426 Chrysler Hemi. These supercharged, fuel-injected, nitromethane-burning engines produce an estimated 8,000 horsepower.


Funny Car
With aerodynamically enhanced carbon-fiber bodies that loosely resemble the production cars on which they are based, these supercharged, fuel-injected, nitromethane-burning machines travel the quarter-mile in 4.7 seconds at more than 325 mph. Most teams use an aluminum version of the 426 Chrysler Hemi engine that produces an estimated 8,000 horsepower.


Pro Stock
Pro Stock cars look a lot like street cars, but looks can be deceiving. Extensive modifications to the cylinder heads, manifold, chassis, and suspension thrust them to 6.7-second elapsed times at more than 200 mph. The most popular engine choices for these carbureted, gas-burning vehicles are the GM big-block wedge, the Mopar Hemi, and the Ford wedge.


Pro Stock Bike
Producing more than 300 horsepower, these highly modified motorcycles can cover the quarter-mile in less than 7.1 seconds at more than 190 mph. The chromoly steel chassis is cloaked in a lightweight, aerodynamically enhanced replica of the original motorcycle body, and the carbureted gasoline engine may be a Harley V-twin, a two-valve, or a four-valve.


SPORTSMAN
Where to see these classes: NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

Top Alcohol Dragster
Top Alcohol Dragsters bear a striking resemblance to Top Fuelers, but most burn methanol. Nonsupercharged nitro-burning entries are also permitted. These vehicles, featured at 16 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events this year, can cover the quarter-mile in less than 5.3 seconds at speeds faster than 260 mph. They are the quickest class in the regional Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.


Top Alcohol Funny Car
Top Alcohol Funny Cars look like their fuel-burning counterparts, but instead of nitromethane, they burn methanol. The performance marks of the cars are in the mid-five-second range at better than 260 mph. This class will be showcased at 16 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events this year and shares the spotlight with Top Alcohol Dragster in the regional Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.


Comp
Comp, which boasts 80 classes, showcases a variety of gas-burning dragsters, altereds, street roadsters, coupes, sedans, and trucks powered by engines ranging from tiny four-cylinder screamers to powerful V-8s. Some are supercharged, others turbocharged, but most are carbureted. A handicap starting system equalizes competition.


Super Stock
Super Stock features an array of stock-appearing foreign and domestic factory automobiles and sports cars with limited modifications. Eighty-three classes of cars and trucks, from late-model sedans and passenger vehicles to vintage muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s, are showcased. A handicap starting system equalizes competition, and breakout rules apply.


Stock
Stock encompasses a variety of foreign and domestic production vehicles. Everything from late-model passenger cars and trucks to the popular vehicles of the 1960s and 1970s can participate in any one of Stock’s 102 classes. Few modifications or alterations are allowed. As in Super Stock, a handicap starting system is used, and breakout rules are enforced.


Super Comp
Super Comp features one class of vehicle and is the quickest of the three Super classes. Made up mostly of gas-burning dragsters, though full-bodied production vehicles and roadsters are eligible, Super Comp features heads-up competition on an 8.90-second index. Engine modification is virtually unlimited.

 


Super Gas
Super Gas features mostly full-bodied production vehicles with full fenders, hoods, grilles, tops, windshields, and functional doors. Left-hand-steering street roadsters are allowed, but dragsters are not. The class is governed by the same rules as Super Comp; only the index is different. A heads-up start is used, but racers may not run quicker than the 9.90-second index.


Super Street
Super Street, designed as an entry-level category, is contested at 12 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events and all Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events. It is reserved for full-bodied production vehicles, including sports cars, vans, and trucks with full fenders, hoods, grilles, tops, windshields, and functional doors. Racers compete on a 10.90-second index.


Sport Compact
Sport Compact cars are exotic four- and six-cylinder machines fed by turbochargers and nitrous oxide. Race cars in the fastest classes can cover the quarter-mile in as few as six seconds at more than 200 mph, but NHRA also offers novice and intermediate categories for every level of enthusiast. Many people think Sport Compact racing is only for imports such as Hondas and Toyotas, but there’s room for the Detroit makes in this extremely popular scene.


Jr. Dragster
A half-scale version of a Top Fuel dragster designed to be driven by kids ages 8-17 in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League. Using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, a Jr. Dragster can go as fast as 80 mph in as few as 7.90 seconds on the eighth-mile.


E.T. Brackets
Just about any vehicle, from a dragster to a muscle car to a grocery-getter, can compete in E.T. bracket racing at NHRA’s 140 member tracks in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Believe it or not, even snowmobiles are welcome.


Street Legal
Street Legal cars are vehicles that are legal to drive every day on the street with valid registration and insurance. These foreign and domestic vehicles range from late-model passenger cars and trucks to today’s sport compacts. These cars typically run at NHRA Street Legal events, but they can also run at NHRA Sport Compact and NHRA Summit Racing Series events.

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