Joe Hrudka is a pioneering American gasser drag racer.[1]

Driving a 1957 Chevrolet, he won NHRA's D/Gas national title at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1961. His winning pass was 12.73 seconds at 105.26 mph (169.40 km/h).[2]

The next year, at the wheel of the Peters & Betz team's 1955 Chevrolet[citation needed] (with a transplanted Chevrolet engine), he won a second NHRA DGas national title at Indianapolis. His winning pass there was 13.37 seconds at 105.63 mph (170.00 km/h).[3]

In 1967, the Hrudka Brothers' 1933 Willys panel delivery was a popular wheelstander.[4]

Hrudka would later found Mr. Gasket[5] (now a division of Holley Performance Products.


  1. ^ Davis, Larry. Gasser Wars (Cartech, 2003), pp.181-.
  2. ^ Davis, p.182.
  3. ^ Davis, p.183.
  4. ^ Davis, p.13 caption.
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun online (retreieved 5 June 2017)


  • Davis, Larry. Gasser Wars. North Branch, MN: Cartech, 2003, p. 181.