Driver, tuner, crew chief
How good is Mark Oswald? In 1984 he did something no Funny Car driver had done before: He won both the NHRA and IHRA Funny Car championships. From 1983-87, Oswald captured four IHRA FC titles and in 1986 beat inductee John Force in the Big Bud Shootout. Throughout his career, he won 18 NHRA FC events and two Top Fuel nationals. He became only the second driver in NHRA history after inductee Don Prudhomme to register wins in both categories. After retiring from driving in 1997, he became a top crew chief and tuner, most notably for Top Fuel champion Antron Brown. Together they’ve won three Top Fuel titles and many national events (through 2018). Working with Oswald, Brown told NHRA.com, is “like going to a university for a doctorate. He’s a wealth of knowledge that I’m continuously learning from. There’s nothing that he can’t do. He’s a great machinist, CNC operator, part-builder, and innovator.” Oswald was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.