Names such as Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, John Force and Warren Johnson are often mentioned at or near the top of lists of the best drag racers of all time. According to some industry commentators, Don Garlits can be considered the most successful drag racer of all time thanks to the total number of points he earned as a racer and the fact that he performed well across the span of several decades, from the 1950s through the 1980s. John Force may also be considered the most successful of all time due to the high proportion of races he won during his multi-decade career.
Force's success derives not only from his status as a racer but also as a racing car owner. While he has more than 130 victories to his name as a driver, he also owns a namesake racing company, John Force Racing.
Don Garlits can be considered among the most successful drag racers because he completed one of the most impressive runs in the history of the sport. In 1975, he achieved a 5.637-second run at a speed of 250.69 miles per hour, which has remained one of the most impressive blasts in drag racing for several decades.