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Wondering again in the heat of July

Just Wondering… Why, after four or five years working on the problem, NHRA still has a tire problem in both of their nitro classes?  According to the car owners and crew chiefs I’ve talked to, the problem (tires “chunking”) can be directly traced to too much track prep.  As I understand it, the tires on nitro cars chunk after the driver steps off the throttle at 1,000 feet and rolls down another 320 feet of track that is heavily sprayed with traction compound.  This should be an easy problem to deal with.

Just Wondering… Why NHRA doesn’t solve everyone’s problems and run all pro classes of cars on the same 1,000-foot track the fuel cars have to run on? It would be safer and cheaper for the racers, and less confusing for the fans. Nawww… that would be too simple.

Just Wondering… Is drag racing only entertaining for the fans if the pro classes keep going quicker and faster?

Just Wondering… Did you know that a complete, state-of-the-art Funny Car body ready to drop onto the chassis costs nearly $60,000? That just seems like too much money for a disposable body to me.

Just Wondering… Will Alexis DeJoria and Courtney Force be in fuel floppers for the 2011 season? The Burkster sets the odds at 10-1 that both women will drive a nitro funny next season.

Just Wondering… Why have there been so many successful females drivers of Funny Cars and Top Fuelers, but so far no woman has had much success driving a state-of-the-art Pro Stocker?  Could Warren Johnson be right when he says nitro cars are much easier to drive?

Just Wondering… Am I the only one that has noticed that slowly but surely the ESPN broadcast is showing more sportsman racing? No serious coverage yet, but they're paying some attention to the sportsman racers on the “big” broadcast. Keep it up, guys!

Just Wondering… Why doesn’t the NHRA and its track owner/partners reduce the length of their events to two days from three? Two day events are more affordable and easier to attend for both fans and racers, and more racers might attend the races if they knew they could be home on Monday morning. 

Just Wondering… With the trend towards “short” professional fields and fewer cars in the sportsman classes, doesn’t qualifying Friday and racing on Saturday make sense?  Surely sportsman and pro class racers could survive with two qualifying laps, since most of the time there are 20 or fewer entries in all of the pro classes.

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