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Don Prudhomme

Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, (born April 6, 1941, San Fernando, California) is an American drag racer. Ask even the most casual of motor sports fans who the biggest name in drag racing is and you are almost always sure to hear one name – Don “The Snake” Prudhomme. A true legend of the sport, Prudhomme, 65, begins his 45th year in drag racing in 2007, his 13th season as an owner after logging 32 seasons behind the wheel as one of the sport’s elite drivers. Snake’s remarkable driving career began in 1962 with his first Top Fuel victory at “Smokers March Meet” in Bakersfield, Calif., before ending with 49 NHRA career victories – the sixth most in NHRA history – following his farewell “Final Strike Tour” in 1994. For his career, Prudhomme reached the finals 68 times, posting a remarkable 35 wins in 45 Funny Car finals (.777 win percentage) and 14 wins in 23 Top Fuel finals rounds (.609 win percentage). Overall, he won 389 of 589 rounds of competition for a .660 winning percentage. One of the fiercest racers of all time “The Snake” helped transform drag racing from the early days into what we all enjoy today.

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