Wild action highlights 15th Nationals;
'Snake' becomes two-time Indy champ
The 15th Nationals was a highlight-filled event. D.A. Santucci (pictured) earned himself a new nickname at Indy --"Bubblegum" -- after he passed out when chewing gum became lodged in his windpipe during a qualifying run, but came back later to score his first win. Tom Neja also earned himself a place in Indy infamy when he slammed on the brakes in the Stock final, forgetting that the no breakout rule was in effect, costing himself the title.

Don "the Snake" Prudhomme became the second man in history to win more than one Nationals Top Eliminator title, when he defeated Kelly Brown in the Top Fuel final run.

1969's Headline News
Beebe & Mulligan capture Pomona fuel title
After four runner-ups in 1968, the "Fighting Irish" team of Tim Beebe and John Mulligan finally capitalized on the promise they had shown by winning their first Top Fuel title, at the 1969 season-opening Winternationals.
NHRA introduces new eliminator trophy
A new NHRA trophy designed by NHRA President Wally Parks depicting a fire-suited driver standing beside a wheel and drag slick tire will be handed out for the first time at the 1969 Nationals.
Garlits, Parks first Car Craft honorees
Don Garlits was named "Man of the Year" and NHRA president Wally Parks the recipient of the Ollie Award at the first Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Team awards in Indianapolis.
Pro Stock becomes official NHRA eliminator
In anticipation of its 1970 "Super Season," NHRA made sweeping changes to eliminator category names, including a "heads-up Super Stock" class that soon was renamed Pro Stock.
Dunn bounces longshot Babler for March Meet win

Modern Dallas facility hosts Springnationals

Gatornationals, Summernationals added to tour

New Supernationals to feature richest purse

'Ohio George' puts away AA/Gas field

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