Hill doing his thing in a Petty Enterprises-prepped Plymouth Duster

One of the biggest misconceptions about drag racing is that it’s easy to go fast in a straight line (not that any of you, our loyal readers, would ever harbor such a misconception). That’s obviously not the case; it takes an immense amount of speed, focus and raw skill to keep a top-level speed missile away from the wall, let alone make a successful pass.

Back in 1975, we talked to driver Roy Hill — then the Pro Stock competition top-speed record holder with a 162.74 mph run under his belt — to learn about how, exactly, he did it. To the above crucial factors, he added another: luck.

In the excerpt from the December 20, 1975, issue of Autoweek below, Hill does a great job explaining what, exactly, happens before, during and after a successful run. So it’s not exactly surprising that he’d make a good teacher. In fact, Hill now heads up a drag-racing school in North Carolina, where you can learn the secrets of his art.

You can’t teach luck, but we have a feeling that once the fundamentals are taken care of, that’s the kind of thing that tends to sort itself out. Read more below:

Via autoweek.com