NHRA - National Hot Rod Association

Celebrating decades of "Big Daddy's" success at the Winternationals

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits is one of the greatest drag racers to ever live. Though he's from the other side of the country, he's made his mark on Pomona, Calif.
01 Apr 2024
David Kennedy

Garlits has been an innovator, a driver, a mechanic, and a promoter. And throughout all of his success, he has inspired other racers and left his indelible mark on drag racing from coast to coast. In this Dodge Tales from the Strip segment, we see Garlits' first and final wins at the In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip. Where for nearly three decades, nitro-burning Hemi engines delivered Garlits to the winner's circle. 

In 2024, NHRA celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 426-cid Hemi, which without Garlits may not have become the backbone of modern nitro racing that it has.