Drag Racing in History

Events in Sport

  • 1964-08-01 Dan 'Big Daddy' Garlits becomes first drag racer to run the 1/4 mile at over 200mph (201.34mph at Island Dragway, New Jersey)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1930-12-22 Bill Jenkins, American engine builder and drag racer (Motorsports Hall of Fame of America), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1932-01-14 Don Garlits, American racing driver (1st drag racer over 200mph for 1/4 mile), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1940-06-19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, American drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1944-06-13 Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991), born in Exeter, Pennsylvania
  • 1949-05-04 John Force, American drag racer (16 NHRA Championships), born in Bell Gardens, California
  • 1973-08-13 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer, born in Oakdale, California (d. 2007)

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006-04-21 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida
  • 2013-03-24 Motorcycle mogul Jesse James (43) weds drag racer Alexis DeJoria in Malibu, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 2007-03-23 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer, dies at 33
  • 2008-06-21 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • 2012-03-29 Bill Jenkins, American engine builder and drag racer (Motorsports Hall of Fame of America), dies of heart failure at 81