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Just Wondering while enjoying the sunset from the observation deck of the Phlegm Building in downtown O’Fallon, MO.


Just Wondering … Why do they refer to the big doorslammer racers at E-town, Orlando, and Las Vegas as “street car” races when I’ll wager about one percent of the cars entered are licensed and legal for the street? I know, I know, they started out with street-legal cars but I was just wondering.

Just Wondering … Do track operators understand that DRO is the only job the Burkster and the staff have to pay their bills? This isn’t a hobby, folks. My point is we get at least a half-dozen racetrack promos a month that we are expected to run as a 1320 note for free! And most the time if we run the promo then we can’t get the results of the race.

Just Wondering … Did you know that at Gateway International Raceway that Dover Motorsports has announced they are closing after this season, according to very well informed sources, got around $300,000 as their share of the profits from putting on the 2010 NHRA national event. If my sources are correct then NHRA took home at least the same amount. Sounds pretty good until you consider that the track and the NHRA probably had a half-million each invested before they sold the first ticket. If it had rained they would have lost it all and that, my fellow drag racers, is why a series of rainouts can put a promoter or sanctioning body out of the drag racing business. Just ask former IHRA owner Billy Meyer.

Just Wondering … Why the NHRA just doesn’t overhaul the rules for their alky, Comp, Stock and Super Stock classes. From the letters I get the current rules for those classes couldn’t be more screwed-up and the racers any more disgruntled. I think the NHRA and the racers of those classes would benefit if the NHRA just junked the current rules and replaced them with much simplified, enforceable and affordable tech specs, indexes, classes, etc.

Just Wondering … Am I the only one that wishes that NHRA Comp, Super Stock and Stock hadn’t turned into a glorified bracket racing classes where going quicker and faster gets a racer penalized instead of rewarded? I think they ought to do away with the CIC so that fast racecars instead of the best bracket cars might have better chance of winning.

Just Wondering … Have I been wrong all of these years about the popularity of NHRA Pro Stock? New major sponsors -- other than Arabian Peninsula nations for NHRA Top Fuel and Fuel Coupes -- are nonexistent but in the last week two Pro Stock racers have signed sponsorships with major U.S. companies. And there were 40 Pro Stocks at Indy. What am I missing here?

Just Wondering … What bodies will GM push in 2011 for NHRA Pro Stock?

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