Here's the actual story from the Inaugural Ignitor
in 1971. The champion of the first Nitro Opener was none other than "the
Snake" Don Prudhomme and the famed Mattel Hot Wheels AA/Funny Car
(library photo from Lion's). Downing a field that included Jerry Ruth, Charlie
Allen, and Kenney Goodell, Prudhomme recorded a best of 7.40-204.46. If you
read closely in the result's piece, other racers in attendance included Lloyd
Taylor, Cal Method, Ralph VanPaepeghem, Vic Asqueta, Keith Grondahl, Ron
Jones, Jeff Parker and others.