Don “The Snake” Prudhomme achieved legendary status when he was barely out of his teens. He outlasted 90 entries to win the prestigious Bakersfield Top Fuel & Gas Championships in 1962 at age 20. In 1965, Prudhomme became the first drag racer to sweep the NHRA Winternationals and Nationals (the only two national events at that time) while driving Roland Leong's Hawaiian dragster. Prudhomme earned his "Snake" nickname, for his quick starting-line reflexes, early in his career, but his desire to win proved to be the biggest factor in his success. In the mid-1970s, his Army Monza Funny Cars won six of eight national events in 1975 and seven of eight in 1976. When Prudhomme retired from driving in 1994, he had recorded four consecutive NHRA Funny Car championships (1975-78), was the then-winningest nitro fuel racer in NHRA history with 49 victories, and had recorded the first five-second Funny Car run, a 5.98 at the 1975 NHRA World Finals. His 5.63 clocking at the 1982 U.S. Nationals, nearly two-tenths of a second quicker than anything before, is considered among the greatest Funny Car passes ever. Don “The Snake” Prudhomme is a true legend.