The High Performer Award

ALLEN & DEBBIE BRIDGES

Starting out as a part-time crewman and eventually going to work full-time on the Don Prudhomme crew, Allen Bridges was always into fuel car racing as a fabricator and engine builder. That is until he met safety pioneer Bill Simpson. read more

BILL SIMPSON

It was in 1958, when an 18-year old Bill Simpson broke both arms in a drag racing crash. He later said, “Until then, I was like most drivers. The only time I thought about safety was after I was hurt. This time, it was bad enough to do a lot of thinking.” read more

STEVE FARIA

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

DANNY GRACIA

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

ROB MOSER

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

JEFF STANGE

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