1974 Shirl Greer rises from the ashes to win | Top Ten Finals Moment
Shirl Greer’s 1974 Funny Car title has long been remembered for the heroic effort at the end of the season. His Chained Lightning Ford Mustang caught fire during qualifying, doing extensive damage to the race car and sending Greer to the hospital with burns. A bandaged Greer came back the next day to drive a car that his crew and others, including Paul Smith — who was in the title chase until failing to qualify — had rebuilt overnight. Greer earned a round-win to hold off Don “the Snake” Prudhomme for the championship.
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