Drag Racing Online: The Magazine

Volume VIII, Issue 2, Page

Do you feel Pro Stock gets sufficient attention from NHRA?

REHER: I’m going to be biased, but I don’t think it does. I think it’s a good, close form of racing, it’s technically advanced, and it’s actually gotten less and less from NHRA over the years. I mean, all their lead-in ads for all their races used to feature some Pro Stock cars and they’ve dropped that. I think that basically NHRA feels they’ve got two businesses: one is putting on this fuel show and the other is putting on everything else. There’s no question that the fuel is what gets most of their attention, by far.

Is Pro Stock shortchanged in the race and points purses, too?

REHER: Oh, I think so. It’s actually lost to the fuel classes. For years it was actually 50 percent, but then they let that fall down.

So, what should Pro Stock be paying now?

REHER: I don’t know; I don’t have any idea. I think you’d have to look at that from both sides. I felel that whatever a sanctioning body chooses to promote, that’s a decision they make and that’s what they’re going to make you feel is what you need to be seeing.
I mean, I have to compare to other forms of motorsport and Cup racing is obviously the most popular thing in the United States and they’re putting 300,000 people in at Indy and 160,000 every time they open up at Bristol and they’re out there racing, if you want to get right down to it, a 3,400-pound, underpowered car. If you compare those to an IRL car, for example, that weighs 1,500 pounds, there’s not even a comparison performance wise. But they (NASCAR) chose to make that what it is and so they did. So I think it’s whatever NHRA chooses to make.

Personally, I think a big improvement in NHRA would be if they had one fuel class. I actually think it’d be better for the fuel racers because we’d have one guy at the end of the year that was the King of Fuel, so to speak. Whether it was a Funny Car or a dragster they’d have to make that decision. I think that also would help Pro Stock because it would raise the profile of fuel racing and it would bring Pro Stock up, too. Now, that probably won’t ever happen, but I think you wouldn’t any longer be questioning if John Force is the best, or Don Prudhomme, or the Schumacher group, you’d know who’s the best at it.

What does it cost to buy a competitive Pro Stock engine, carbs to pan?

REHER: You can’t buy one. I don’t know of any that are for sale. I mean, a person can go racing and get a lease program and get an engine that they’re not allowed to touch or look at for $500,000 to $800,000. It really wouldn’t do you any good to buy one either because you’re talking about an eliminator that’s separated by three or four hundredths and you’ve got to constantly be looking for that extra thousandth; you’re in a constant state of flux.

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