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How the NHRA Works

NHRA founder Wally Parks speaks at the 50th Anniversay of the NHRA.
NHRA founder Wally Parks speaks at the 50th Anniversay of the NHRA.
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­If you live for long weekends spent at the track, submerged in the whine of the engines and the roar of the cars as they shoot by, then you may want to learn more about the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).

Founded in 1951, the NHRA is second only to NASCAR "in terms of attendance, fan appeal, and sponsorship commitment" [source: NHRA]. With big corporate sponsors like Coca-Cola, PowerAde, GMC and others, the NHRA has established itself as a leader in motorsports.


If you're new to the world of drag racing, the NHRA can teach you the basics of the sport, what a typical racing weekend is like, where to take drag racing classes and even how to atten­d a drag racing school.

In this article, you'll learn about the history of the NHRA, as well as its mission, which continues to drive the NHRA to success. You'll also learn about the founder of the NHRA and why the association was created. These days, membership is public and numbers at about 80,000. Through the many levels of membership, those who join are offered different benefits. Members may even get involved with one of the charities supported by the NHRA.

­If you're thrilled by the power of the motor and can't imagine anything better than being surrounded by racing aficionados, start your engine and move on to the next section.