That honor belongs to the driver who today is best known as the founder of drag racing's original driving school, Frank Hawley. His greatest success came in his late 20s as hired driver for the world-famous Chi-Town Hustler Funny Car team that rarely made national event appearances, but was a huge attraction at match races long before Hawley ever drove a race car. Like the Chi-Town Hustler, his rides always were operated on a shoestring budget. Silencing critics who didn't think an alcohol racer with no major wins deserved the coveted seat of the Chi-Town Hustler, Hawley proved his worth by winning immediately on the match-race circuit. He soon was indoctrinated into the famous team's ways: The burnouts had better be crowd-pleasing half-trackers and the car was to be driven to the finish line no matter the circumstances on tracks of every description and condition. The season that cemented Hawley's prominent place in drag lore began when the crew traveled to California for the Winternationals in the same ramp truck with more than half a million miles on its odometer that for years had delivered various Chi-Town Hustlers to booked-in shows across North America.