1982....when men were men and Pro Stock went to 500 cubic inches
You will need 2 best....one for the era where there was less sponsor money, drivers worked on the car and had to shift with a clutch, and the modern era of hired drivers, clutch less transmissions and big money.So who is the best all time driver in Pro Stock? Jenkins? Glidden? Shepherd? Or......
When it came to who best rowed a manual four speed transmission, Ronnie Sox was head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Until NHRA penalized the almighty Hemis, Sox was almost untouchable.So who is the best all time driver in Pro Stock? Jenkins? Glidden? Shepherd? Or......
Great points. There's a huge difference between driver and racer, for sure.I think you need to define the parameters. Best driver or best racer? For example Warren Johnson is not a "Great" driver and he will be the first one to tell you that. How many times has he said the only reason he drove was because when he started "Kurt was too young, Arlene didn't want to and the dog couldn't get a licence" But he is a hell of a racer! Many you have listed had a sizable performance advantage and didn't need to be a "Great" driver.
If the Erica Enders of today was driving the Warren Johnson car of the late 90s early 2000s and they would have won every race that the car didn't break.
I counted Camaros at the 1981 Winston World Finals, IIRC(the vid is on YouTube), and there was something like 13 Camaros, 2 Fords, and 1 other car. I'd have to check the vid again to be 100% sure but this is pretty much correct.I'd rather watch that every weekend than what we have now.
Very simple....no leased engines and very few hired drivers.....and those drivers worked on the cars too. Grumpy's, Lee Shephard's and Frank Iaconio's Camaros were all different. Today's rules and business models have made every car practically identical.....like IROC Camaros. It took drag racing from who is the best builder/team to who is the best driver.I counted Camaros at the 1981 Winston World Finals, IIRC(the vid is on YouTube), and there was something like 13 Camaros, 2 Fords, and 1 other car. I'd have to check the vid again to be 100% sure but this is pretty much correct.
So it was all Camaros back then, too. But nobody complained about that. Wonder why?