History of the National Hot Rod Association, Drag racing and Wally Sparks

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NHRA: A Brief History โ€“ Auto Racing

July 3, 2006 by  
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In 1951, Wally Sparks created the National Hot Rod Association to spotlight the sport of drag racing. Starting in the California, Wally and a few friends roll up their top fuel dragsters and created a true American icon of sport. In 1965, Maynard Rupp was crowned the first National Champion and for the past 40 years, a new winner has been awarded the prize of fastest driver in America.