The High Performer Award


By his own admittance, Steve Faria isn’t an engineer. As the owner of System 1, he oversees a company that specializes in oil pump and filtration manufacturing. “I was raised on a farm and you just became a sort of ‘jack-of-all-trades.’ " read more


Growing up in the heydays of drag racing in southern California, Danny Gracia was every bit the car guy as anyone else. In fact, rumor has it, he “borrowed” his father’s truck at nine-years old to take it for a spin around the neighborhood. And what a neighborhood it was. read more


The best laid plans often go awry. Tired of the Indiana winters, Rob Moser’s plan was to leave for the warmer climate of California with attendance at the University of Southern California. read more


Working in the shop in his teenage years, Jeffrey Robert Stange literally learned the business from the ground up. Sweeping floors, digging ditches, and general cleaning kept the youngster busy. read more

Darwin Doll

Darwin and Pat Doll were one of the original NHRA Division Directors who set the tone for the organization in its early days. Today, they are still very much involved in maintaining the history of the sport, read more

Graham Light

If things had been different, we might be talking about the vice-president of Capital Records rather than the retiring senior vice president of racing operations for the National Hot Rod Association. read more

Rick Feaster

He’s not a racer, but certainly a car guy as evidenced by the ’69 Corvette he originally purchased as a basket case, not to mention the many others he has completely rebuilt and restored. However, there is much more than that to Rick Feaster, who has been a part of the sport for a long time helping racers with their needs. read more

Tom McEwen

Certainly, one who is most deserving of the accolade as a Hedman High Performer, the name of Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen always seemed to fall between the cracks. With his passing earlier this year, it brought to mind all he has accomplished throughout his years in and out of the seat. read more

Steve Burns

His name is Andrew S. (Steve) Burns but most will know him by the name of his company, VP Racing Fuels. It was he who in the 1970s was convinced that race fuel manufacturers of the day were falling short in their quest for optimum horsepower. His philosophy stemmed from his thinking that fuel was much more than just a means to an end. He considered fuel as a hard part, very similar to a cylinder head or piston. read more

Sid Waterman

There are a number of true pioneers who have helped to build the world of drag racing into what it is today. One of those is a veteran who has not only established himself as a leader in our sport, but has also had quite an impact on the entire world of motorsports. read more