Profiles, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme
Jan 25, 2016


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For many people, nicknames hold little significance other than maybe to point out a humorous trait or the color of ones hair. Sometimes, though, they have real meaning, or at least they start to tell a story. Don Prudhomme was called “The Snake” because of his cobra-quick reflexes, but it was his will to win that proved to be the biggest factor in his remarkable career in drag racing. He simply hated to be second. “I raced for the sheer thrill of driving and winning,” he once told a reporter. “I certainly didn’t get into drag racing for money because it just wasn’t there at the time . . . just trophies. That didn’t do much for me, but the winning certainly did.”

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