Hall of Fame Induction Caps Remarkable Career for Fedderly
YORBA LINDA, Calif – Bernie Fedderly, who as crew chief or consultant to Terry Capp, Gary Beck, Ed McCulloch, Cruz Pedregon, John Force and Mike Neff won more racing rounds than anyone in drag racing history (1,172), will assume a spectator’s role this season for the first time in more than 30 years.
A John Force Racing crew chief since 1992, Fedderly is retiring after 33 seasons on the NHRA pro tour. His resume includes 14 NHRA series championships and 144 tour victories in the sport’s top two classes. He’ll add one more honor in March when he is
inducted into Don Garlits’ International Drag Racing Hall of Fame during the 44th annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla.
The 70-year-old tuner won his first series title in Top Fuel in 1983 with Beck and car owner Larry Minor. He won 12 Funny Car titles with Force and Austin Coil and one with Force and Mike Neff (2010).
With Coil, who already is in Garlits’ Hall, Fedderly formed the most productive tuning partnership in drag racing history. Although he won races with every driver with whom he worked, it wasn’t until he joined JFR in 1992 that Fedderly found his niche.
From 1992 through 2010, he shared 107 tour victories and 13 championships with Force. Working with Coil, he also won the NHRA Funny Car bonus race four times, the Winston Invitational at Rockingham, N.C., four times and the inaugural Winston Showdown at Bristol, Tenn., which featured Funny Cars versus Top Fuel dragsters.
With Beck, Fedderly was the first at the old quarter mile distance to break the 5.60, 5.50 and 5.40 second barriers. The Canadian then collaborated with McCulloch to become the first to break the 5.40, 5.30 and 5.20 second barriers in the Funny Car category.
Already a member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, Fedderly is one of only four crew chiefs to have won NHRA championships in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. The others are Dale Armstrong, Leonard Hughes and Rahn Tobler.