In his final appearance as a driver at Firebird, Don “the Snake” Prudhomme defeated the “Teacher’s Pet” Nitro Funny Car of Gary Densham in the opening round of the 1987 Nightfire Nationals. During a dramatic Sunday final, Prudhomme upended John Force in a battle of 5-second performances. Prudhomme also won Firebird Ignitor titles in `71 and `78. Image by Michael Kersten