Just Wondering while watching the NHRA 50th Annual Winternationals on the tube

Just Wondering … Has it ever been more obvious that Rick Stewart has absolutely lost any control and any respect as the head starter of the NHRA’s national events? Race control sends Ashley Force to do a burnout while Ron Capps’ Fuel Coupe sits dead in the middle of her lane with a locked up rear end. What might have happened had her chute not dropped out in the waterbox? Then, even though Stewart clearly gave both John Force and Ashley Force Hood the cut signal to turn off their motors, they ignored him. And finally the race director allowed a chute to be repacked on the starting line! What exactly does the NHRA need a starter for if he has no authority?

Just Wondering … What was race control thinking? Allowing a nitro Funny Car piloted by potentially the sport’s next superstar to attempt a burnout with another car stalled in the same lane is a mind-boggling breach of safety. The mind reels at the possibilities for disaster! We’ve never seen a throttle hang wide open in this sport, have we?

Just Wondering … Was I the only one watching the broadcast who would have liked just a little info on the two European Top Fuel entries? Without them, there very likely would have been only 15 cars in Top Fuel.

Just Wondering … On that same subject, wouldn’t interviewing either Andy Carter or Thomas Nataas have been a great opportunity to talk about or explain to the fans the new NHRA Worldwide program?

Just Wondering … Why the TV producer didn’t bother to spend just a little airtime interviewing Pro Stock freshman Shane Gray who, I believe, qualified an NHRA Pro Stock at his first national event … or to any of the other new drivers not named Force? Other motorsports promote their new drivers and teams but the ESPN producers of the NHRA broadcast basically ignore them and give us more of the same old faces.

Just Wondering … Was I the only one who noticed a lot of  ‘chute malfunctions and at least one outright failure on fuel cars at Pomona despite the new device that supposedly turns off the ignition and deploys the chutes at 1400 feet?

Just Wondering … I know that the ESPN guys are supposed to just ignore the Lucas Oil Sportsman racers (unless one has a spectacular crash) and I know many of you think there is already too much Force in the broadcast, but wouldn’t the fact that John Force’s daughters qualified first and second in the A/FD qualifying be worth mentioning at least once?

Just Wondering … Is Ron Capps the only pro driver left who is willing to speak his mind, call a spade a spade, and do it cleanly and calmly on camera?

Just Wondering … Could a Top Fuel team or another nitro Funny Car team get JFR to sell them the Ford Boss 500 Hemi blocks, heads, intakes, etc.? Isn’t the rule in nitro racing that everyone has to have access to the same parts?

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