Wondering in the snow

Just Wondering… Why not allow NHRA-legal Nostalgia nitro Funny Cars to compete with T/AF in LODRS races? They won’t outrun the good alky cars but they would give the LODRS promoters a reason to pay the extra $16,000 required to have alcohol classes at those races. They already have injected nitro dragsters, so why not add AA/FC and start attracting fans at those events?

Just Wondering… Why do professional racing series keep going outside of racing to select a president? Tom Compton was one example, as was Dallas Gardner before him. Now the Indy Racing League, which is owned by the Hulman family (Indy 500/ the Brickyard), has hired a man to run that troubled organization who was the CEO for the Professional Bull Riders circuit and admits he has never even seen an Indy Racing League event. Unbelievable!

Just Wondering… If the NHRA packs the seats at the Pomona Fairgrounds for the 50th annual Winternationals -- and there are many who think they will -- what will they do to bring those fans back in 2011?

Just Wondering… Will Warren Johnson be the next iconic drag racer to announce his retirement from the sport? I suspect the K&N sponsorship really isn’t large enough to support Warren’s Pro Stock operation for 23 races.

Just Wondering… Will this be the year that the NHRA and its track operator partners significantly cut the prices of tickets like NASCAR has? The average number of actual seats at their national events is around 20,000, so the answer is no!  NASCAR‘s tracks are trying to fill from 50,000 to 250,000 seats and can afford to do so while the NHRA tracks need to sell every ticket they can.

Just Wondering… Did the NHRA give salary bonuses to its VPs last year? Will they do it again in 2010? What, are you kidding with that question?

Just Wondering… How many of the IHRA’s core sportsman racers can afford to go to the early races in Florida, Louisiana, and then Utah? The answer is not very many.

Just Wondering… How long will the IHRA keep their sportsman program if the number of entrants remain the 140-150 they had at their Palm Beach International Raceway event? I’d bet big money the entries at PBIR didn’t come close to covering the payout purse.

Just Wondering… Will the time come when NHRA’s policy that forces sportsman racers to attend divisional points meets If they want to have enough grading points to get an entry to national events fades away?

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