Just Wondering in the afterglow of another NHRA season

Just Wondering… I wonder if the NHRA management team is aware of how close they came to having their apparently ineffective oil-down penalties be the deciding factor that decided their Top Fuel World Championship? C’mon, guys, is that scenario (and the resulting bad press should that happen) be how you’d really want an NHRA professional championship to be decided?

Just Wondering… Could the purchase by track owner/operators of some of the sport’s biggest and best dragstrips in the world of both the Super Chevy Show series and the Fun Ford Weekend be the first step down a path that could find those track owners forming a company to negotiate with the NHRA and perhaps become their own sanctioning body? They’ll scream “No way!” when they read this note, but I think it is at least a possibility. There’ll come a time when the tracks figure out that the NHRA needs them as much as the tracks need the NHRA.

Just Wondering…How the NHRA could sign a long-term contract with the Pomona Fairplex that I’m told doesn’t allow the NHRA to share in any of the revenues from the concession and parking at the Fairplex. If this is a true rumor, no wonder the NHRA was charging around $28 for a GA ticket to see one round of pro qualifying on Thursday at the World Finals. Maybe they ought to threaten to move the World Finals and Winternationals to another track in the LA basin?

Just Wondering…Isn’t it time for the NHRA to simplify the championship points program? The points system has evolved from something very easy to  figure and understand to a program that requires someone with a degree in Math from MIT to figure the points after a race. They’ve got “little points” for every round; sometimes they deduct points for oiling the track, sometimes they don’t; and sometimes an oil-down results in the pass being thrown out and sometimes it doesn’t. I think the whole deal has become just too complicated.

Just Wondering… Isn’t the NHRA sending their nitro tuners a mixed message regarding qualifying? First they encourage the racers to jack their tuneup for every lap of qualifying by awarding points for the quickest cars of the session while at the same time they penalize the racer if they have a malfunction and oil the track. So the poor tuners and drivers are caught between a rock and a hard place.  Even if they are qualified solidly in the field, do they tune the car up hoping to run quick enough trying to get the “little” points, or not give it an aggressive tuneup to avoid the chance of an engine failure, an oil-down, and possibly a loss of points? I believe that is the definition of a conundrum.

Just Wondering… What took them so long? The IHRA has just announced a three-race series for sportsman racers that will pay seven Sportsman classes $5,000 to win and is open to every racer that has either an IHRA or an NHRA license. What a great decision on someone’s part at Feld or IHRA! They may have been allowing any racer with a license from either sanctioning body to race, but this is the first I’ve heard of it. Then again the IHRA has always been a little more Sportsman friendly than the NHRA and this decision proves that. Kudos to the IHRA guys for this one. Now if they would just standardize their AA/FC rules....

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