What the Burkster wants for Christmas

want my NHRA to be run just a little more like it originally was, as a club for racers, and just a little less like a Fortune 500 Company dedicated to the bottom line. 

I want the NHRA Board of Directors to stop giving themselves and their management team big bonuses on top of their pretty hefty base salaries while at the same time making their workers, part-time employees and fans do with less. In 2008 Tom Compton’s base salary was $460,000 and his bonus was $250,000! In all, the management gave themselves over $600,000 in bonuses. That’s shameful! Gentlemen, the membership considers it bad form for the CEO to initiate budget cuts, staff layoffs and cutbacks, and then divide the resultant profits among the management.

I want Pro Stockers and Funny Cars with bodies that can easily be identified as a Ford, Chevy, Mopar or Toyota, not some aero-shaped design with a Bowtie or a Blue Oval to let us know what it is.

I want racers to give some thought to what they are going to say when they get interviewed at the Top End. It’s a unique opportunity to talk to your fans and sponsors, so make good use of it instead of listing all of your sponsors at the beginning and end of every interview. 

I want the fans of drag racing to realize they can make a change in the sport. I want them to start letting their hero drivers and those driver’s sponsors know that the fans are smart enough to recognize a “dive” when they see one. I want them to tell those racers they don’t like it, feel cheated when it happens, and won’t support the sponsors of racers that do it.

I want NHRA championship points to be awarded to pro teams for setting speed records … or just quit keeping speed records.

I really, really want the NHRA to realize that the Countdown points system is an abomination. Excellence over the course of a season is what championships were made for. A gimmicky points program over the last six races just demeans the sport and the Championship -- and it encourages racers to manipulate the system instead of racing.

I want the U.S. Nationals to return to being the unique and special race it once was.

I want the management of the main sanctioning bodies to lose the fear of admitting they made a mistake.

I want someone to explain to me why 1,000 feet was ever adopted as a track distance and a timing and speed increment when everything else is measured in multiples of 330 feet. It’s been bugging me for years.

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