This early photo might be a little worse for wear, but it still has character in our book. Pulling down the Firebird staging lanes in 1972, this is the AA/Funny Car of Twig Zeigler, winner of the inaugural Nightfire 500 (`72). Twig also won the 1976 Nightfire race, too. Originally a school teacher from the greater Pendleton area, Zeigler competed at almost every Firebird major events throughout the 70’s up until 1981, the year he started winding down his fuel Funny Car efforts. But Twig returned with his wife Barb to the sport in 2009 and hasn’t missed a beat. He has combined efforts today with talented driver Darin Bay and they are both looking forward to returning to the winner’s circle in the near future. Vintage image by Wayne Monahan