Wondering just before Independence Day

Just Wondering… Why the NHRA and Dan Olson, Director of Top Fuel & Funny Car Racing, choose the best, most highly funded teams of John Force Racing and Don Schumacher Racing to test a smaller engine, fuel pump, and supercharger exhaust ports in order to find the combination that will slow down NHRA nitro cars? Who will now benefit from all of that testing in the end? The answer is: Those best-funded, winningest teams, of course! Won’t JFR and DSR then have an advantage from the data and experience when the change comes? I suggest NHRA use someone not on the circuit to do their testing; there are certainly plenty of Top Fuel and Funny Car teams available.  

Just Wondering… Since NHRA has declared a moratorium on the “let’s slow ‘em down” combination until August, will that mean it may take until after the end of the 2010 season to make changes? 

Just Wondering… Did you know that the NHRA finished building their impressive new offices at Indy? That's great for the company image I suppose, but they still haven’t paved the pro pits or improved the drainage. IRP – sorry, it will always be that to me -- is like a swamp for days after a big rain. Am I the only one that thinks NHRA should have spent some money to improve the pits before they built a new office?

Just Wondering… Whatever happened to the plans to build a replacement for Parks Tower at Indy? I thought that was a done deal.

Just Wondering… Can drag racing management keep ignoring the obvious, that ticket prices for national events are too high? When neither Bruton Smith nor Bill Bader can fill their speed palaces for an NHRA “Big Show”, my friends, that is a bad sign. For that matter, the fact that NASCAR can no longer fill their premier tracks like Indy and Charlotte should be a wakeup call to all racing promoters.

Just Wondering… Was the Pro Stock racing at Norwalk, Ohio, last weekend some of the best ever? If last weekend’s racing, which was full of upsets and drama, didn’t generate buzz in racing media and fan base I wonder what could or would?

Just Wondering… When will NHRA and their track promoter/marketing partners realize that three or four days of racing is too expensive and too long for everybody involved? Most people just have too many other commitments and are too busy to devote three or four days to any one activity. I don’t think any sports fans will pay to see basically the same show three days in a row.

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