Check out this early Nightfire 500 (most likely
1978) image featuring the famed Funny Car fire-up leading up to the opening
round of Chicago-style eliminations. If you look closely from left to right
you'll see the likes of: John "Brute" Force, Ed "the Ace"
McCulloch, Raymond Beadle's "Blue Max", "Lil John"
Lombardo, "240 Gordie" Bonin, Twig Zeigler, Chuck Byrd and others.
To say the least, it was quite a sight to see in person.