U.S. Nationals Flashback: Don Prudhomme says ‘I Quit’ vs. Jim Nicoll in 1970

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One of the most dramatic moments of the U.S. Nationals came in 1970 when Jim Nicoll’s clutch gave out causing his car to split in half and spin out of control in front of Don Prudhomme who was racing in the opposite lane. Here’s the moment that Don got out of the car and wanted to quit drag racing forever.

This video comes from NHRA’s archives and has been posted to their YouTube channel as one of the most memorable moments in the history of the U.S. Nationals, which is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year.

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For the better part of 30 years, Brendan Baker has been involved in the automotive aftermarket and racing industry in some capacity, including the last 11 years at Engine Builder magazine. Brendan’s aftermarket career started in high school working for his father's auto parts store in Akron, Ohio. He has worked many areas of the industry from counterman to technician and earned his certification as a racing mechanic in 1989. He has worked for several racing schools and teams at various levels, including being an owner/driver of a semi-professional racing team. In his free time he enjoys riding his motorcycle and racing go-karts.