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Just Wondering on the first week of
December 2009

Just Wondering… I got on the NHRA web site the other day to read the 2010  NHRA rules for the Pro Mod and a couple of interesting items popped out at me. I wonder what the NHRA tech guys were thinking when they allowed turbocharged engines up to 650 cubic inches? Any competent engine builder will tell you a turbocharged engine makes significantly more power than an engine with a Roots-type supercharger and that includes a “screw” charger. Their first clue ought to have been that the only NHRA-legal Pro Mod to make a 250-mph pass in the states is Brad Personett’s 526-inch turbocharged Hemi! I didn’t see anything regarding traction control. NHRA can keep from being plagued by the issues every other Pro Mod circuit has had in the past if they are pro-active with the rules from the start. The problem has always been that the rules makers have had no real clue about the Pro Mod cars or engines they make rules for. Why they don’t consult racers such as Jim Oddy or Scotty Cannon, who don’t race with the NHRA, for guidance is beyond me. 

Just Wondering… Do promoters of drag racing’s Winter Series “Big Money” bracket races just not want any publicity for their races and racers? In November of 2009 there were three five-day events in the Southeast U.S. at South Georgia Motorsports Park, West Palm Beach, and Bradenton, Florida, tracks and this magazine didn’t get a single result or photo from any of those tracks. Have these guys just given up on promoting bracket races? (Okay, Bradenton was rained out, but we wouldn’t have known if our photographer assigned to shoot the race hadn’t called us.)

Just Wondering… What happened to the IHRA Pro Stock program? The IHRA announced that they would have a stand alone Pro Stock class but so far the Pro Stock racers and track promoters that lobbied so hard to save that class have been completely silent.   My information is that the Pro Stock racer who was going to financially back the program, Richard Freeman, whose desire to race a quarter-mile motivated him to try and save IHRA Pro Stock, couldn’t get any other IHRA racers to participate with money and that drove him to the NHRA. My bet is that since the IHRA announced it, Feld Entertainment will back open qualifying Pro Stock racing for one more year.

Just Wondering… With the United Arab Emirates stepping up to shore up the $60 billion in loans that the country of Dubai was in danger of not making the interest payments on, will that financial burden on some of the Emirates’ countries decrease the amount of money being spent on U.S. drag racing from that part of the world? The folks in that area are businessmen just like everyone else and I don’t believe they will fund money losing hobbies indefinitely.

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