We’re about a month away from the start of the NHRA season with the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway Pomona. We’re going to take you on a trip back through time to the 1987 NHRA Winternationals 30 years ago. It was Don Garlits in his second prime, it was the Kenny Bernstein “Batmobile” Reatta debuting, it was Pontiacs, Fords, Oldsmobiles, Chevrolets, and others in pro stock, it was guys wrecking in top fuel, and overall it was big fun.
The Winternationals in 2016 has some excitement behind it with the fact that it will be broadcast live on network television, it will be the professional debuts of guys like Troy Coughlin Jr in top fuel, Tanner Gray in pro stock, and we’ll see JR Todd in a nitro funny car for the first time. There will be a bunch of young men and women competing in the alcohol ranks, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Erica Enders will make their Chevrolet debuts after diving out of the Mopars from last season, and title defenses/chases will start.
The slate is always clean at the Winternationals and how the teams proceed from that point forward will define the rest of the long 24 race season that the Mello Yello drag racing series is comprised of. Here’s hoping for good weather, quick elapsed times, and some upset wins to kick off the year.
Watch how the 1987 version of the race played out here –