It's a drag...

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is a drag racing governing body, which sets rules in drag racing and host events. With over 80,000 drivers in its rosters, the NHRA is considered one of the largest motorsports sanctioning bodies in the world. The association was founded by Wally Parks in 1951 in the State of California to provide a gevernning body to organize and promote the sport of drag racing.

The first nationwide NHRA sponsored event was held in 1955, in Great Bend, Kansas. (Typical for the era, this race was held on a World War II-constructed training air field.) The "Nationals", which now comprise 22 events each year, are the premier events in drag racing that bring together the best cars and drivers from across North America.

Drag racing... a competition in which specially prepped cars or motorcycles compete two at a time to be the first to cross a set finish line. From a standing start, in a straight line, over a measured distance. Most commonly a ¼-mile [402.3-metre (1,320 ft)] straight track. The race track, known as a dragstrip... uses an electronic timing system to determine the winner.

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