NHRA TO IMPLEMENT RESTRICTIONS IN TOP FUEL, FUNNY CAR IN 1998 GLENDORA, Calif. -- The National Hot Rod Association and its race teams, in a joint effort to provide closer competition and enhance safety, will begin testing shortly to determine the best method to restrict performance in Top Fuel and Funny Car racing starting in 1998. Tests will start Oct. 20 at Texas Motorplex near Dallas, site of the Revell Nationals,Oct. 16-19. The Miller Lite Dragster owned by Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and driven by Larry Dixon will conduct the first round of tests at the Motorplex. Air-flow restrictions into the engine and engine-compression limits will be the initial focus of testing, said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president of racing operations. NHRA also will continue to work with an independent consultant and race teams to devise the ideal formula for restrictions. "Ideally, if we can produce a combination that will take a small amount of power out of the engine, it will not only reduce speeds but could result in closer races and less tire smoking, as well as cost savings to the race teams in terms of parts usage," Light said. "We still recognize the spectator appeal in 300-mph speeds and plan on maintaining similar speeds in the future." The fastest Top Fuel speed in NHRA history is 318.69 mph by Kenny Bernstein in the Budweiser King Dragster. The fastest Funny Car speed in NHRA history is 314.35 by John Force in the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. -30-