Hot rods race in a single line and accelerate a very, very fast pace. They are the fastest drag racing vehicles, sanctioned by the government and regulating bodies, of course. The sport is very fast and loud and the races do not really last as long as you might hope.
There are different categories of cars and they are the top fuel, funny car and pro stock.
The top fuel cars are the fastest accelerating of the 3 and they can go as fast as 330 miles per hours which is 531 km/h. That is really fast.
The funny car vehicles are slower in acceleration and can go as fast as their counterparts.
The pro stock cars are stock cars with lots of addons, well, they resemble stock cars. They have to use regular fuel, unlike top fuel cars.
They are all drag racing vehicles. Drag racing is really popular and here are the most famous races.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
The NHRA is the National Hot Rod Association and it is situated in the United States and it is the regulating body for all things related to drag racing in the United States and Canada.
Their Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the top tier of drag racing competition in the United States and Canada.
The Mello Yello series is divided into 7 division, based on geographical locations. Each of these divisions has lots of races. The divisions are the North East, South East, North, South and West Central, and North West, and Pacific.
Once they qualify to be in the Mello Yello series, drivers score points after each race. In the end, the driver with the most points, wins for their category.
There are many categories of drag racing vehicles, the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Alcohol Dragster, Super Comp, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Stock, Super Stock, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, and Pro Mod.
The race events last for an entire day, actually, a weekend. Qualifications are on Friday and Saturday and elimination rounds on Sunday.
The races last for a short time, but there are plenty of them so you can stay the entire day. It is quite a treat for loves of fast vehicles, mods and loud, actually, very loud engines.
There are other levels of competition regulated by the NHRA, like the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and the NHRA Summit Series. Lovers of drag racing will have nothing to worry about if they are planning on visiting the US.
In Australia, the ANDRA Pro Series is the top tier of drag racing and in Europe, the FIA organizes a championship of its own.