NHRA TAFC Title Decided But Top 10 Still Wide Open

(David Smith photo)

NHRA TAFC Title Decided But Top 10 Still Wide Open

With a Frank Manzo-like late-season charge, Steve Harker clinched the NHRA 2014 Top Alcohol Funny Car championship with a month left in the season and became the first driver from outside North American ever to win an NHRA championship in any category.

The Australian veteran, who barely raced last year, didn't race at all the two years before that, and insisted all along that 2014 was just a "test year," got faster and faster as the year wore on and claimed a championship that once seemed destined to go to Dale Brand.

(Richard Muir photo)

A Top 5 driver in each of his last three full seasons (2008-10), and the number 2 driver of 2008 and 2009, Harker reached the final at six of his last seven starts (all but the U.S. Nationals) and won all six – Norwalk, St. Louis, Bowling Green, Dallas, Charlotte, and Reading.