This is it, the finals of the 1989 NHRA US Nationals, one of the best examples of the historic race ever run. From pro stock to top fuel, you’ll see how it all went down on a gray Monday afternoon in Clermont, Indiana at the place then known as Indianapolis Raceway Park and now known as Lucas Oil Raceway.
With less races per season in the 1980s, you’ll hear a lot of championship talk at the close of this event and that makes sense. The tour basically headed west after this and worked its way to the finals in Pomona. In 2019 after we close the Indy chapter during the 2019 Chevrolet Performance US Nationals, there’s a six race playoff system that kicks off.
Steve Evans, Paul Page, and Don Garlits are on the call. These races were taped, edited, voiced over, and then broadcast a few weeks after the actual event. We dig the fact that these guys were so amped up for this racing and frankly if you didn’t know, the only tells that the show wasn’t live is the length (and hour) and the occasional times when Evans is calling a race and is then interviewing a racer at the top end.
The pro stock final is awesome in this one. Awesome!