If there is one engine that could be considered the spore that spawned the sport of drag racing, the venerable Chrysler Hemi justifiably deserves that title.

From the earliest beginning of the sport in the late 1940's the Chrysler Hemi was the engine of choice for the quickest and fastest cars in drag racing. Oh sure, Chevy, Ford and even Pontiac engines have had their day in the sun, but when all is said and done the Chrysler Hemi and its spawn still dominate most of the professional classes in drag racing. Top Fuel, Nitro Coupe, Pro Stock, Pro Mod, Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car classes are all filled with some version of the Chrysler Hemi.