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CP SPORTSMAN: THE WHITE WAGON: THE CAR THAT BUILT HISTORY

12-02fultonwagon.jpgYou can't go through a 35-plus year career in drag racing without having a few odd moments.

For five-time IHRA champion Gene Fulton there was none odder and more defining than the day he first laid eyes on a 1964 Chevy II parked on a used car lot in Abilene, Texas.

This car was no looker. In fact, it was the kind of car one might choose as a last resort, with the exception of Fulton.

Fulton saw something no one else envisioned. The end result was a race car which would go down in southeastern drag racing folklore as simply “that wagon Fulton used to have; that few could beat.”

CP SPORTSMAN – TOP SPORTSMAN CHAMP FERGUSON REFLECTS ON SUCCESS

The old saying suggests two out of three ain't bad.

PDRA Top Sportsman standout Dan Ferguson believes the famous quote is the gospel truth. 

ENCORE: THE DAY THE SPORTSMAN RACERS FOUGHT BACK

1-14-07-standingup.jpgThere's nothing more prestigious than winning Top Fuel at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, and that's exactly what inspired a group of sportsman racers to use the first round of eliminations as a protest platform. No sportsman division had dared to stand up to the seemingly invincible sanctioning body, not to mention during their flagship national event. There's always a first time for everything, however, and in 1981 a group of disgruntled sportsman racers took the NHRA to task in front of their paying customers.

This makeshift group of sportsman racers had been rumor fodder in the pits for a few months prior to the event, yet when they confronted the sanctioning body the issue was always sidestepped. On Labor Day weekend in 1981 they took the unprecedented step of airing their concerns before one of the largest crowds of the year. After all, they had nothing to lose.

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