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A new month, and more Wondering

Just Wondering … Did you know that the NHRA’s policy for the last couple of years has been to charge photographers who aren’t on assignment from a news outlet, magazine, etc. a fee of between $250-$500 to photograph an NHRA race?  How can the suits at NHRA keep a straight face when they say that the NHRA is a “Not for Profit” corporation?

Just Wondering … When was the last time NHRA President Tom Compton had a formal press conference with the media where questions about all subjects regarding the NHRA was fair game?  The answer is: never!

Just Wondering … How the NHRA feels about PRO having their big test session at an IHRA-sanctioned race track like Palm Beach International Raceway?

Just Wondering … Would NHRA add any more tracks to its property portfolio, to have a national event in a major media market like St. Louis? Would they make that move with a financial partner?

Just Wondering … Remember when winning an NHRA Wally was really hard to do and getting one was often a once in a lifetime deal?  Now, it seems to me, NHRA allows a Wally to be awarded at any NHRA-sanctioned track that wants to pimp a minor race by offering the winners a Wally. The significance of winning a Wally is becoming less and less these days.  

Just Wondering … If Ashley Force Hood never drives a nitro Funny Car again, will she go down in the history of drag racing as one of the greatest professional class women drivers, joining the likes of Shirley Muldowney and Angelle Sampey? I say she does.

Just Wondering … Whatever happened to Anna Lisa Smith after her accident a few years back? I hope she’s getting along alright.

Just Wondering … What’s the point?  With the trap speeds of NHRA’s nitro cars now approaching the same level they were prior to NHRA’s decision to shorten the distance to 1,000 feet, why maintain that distance for just two classes? Drag racing is confusing enough to the mainstream “stick-and-ball” media and their readers as it is. Trying to explain the 1,000-foot track for Top Fuel and Funny Cars is like explaining to a causal fan why the first guy to the finish line in a bracket race can lose.

Just Wondering … Why the NHRA hasn’t put more of the responsibility of controlling the speed of nitro cars on the drivers? Like requiring the chutes be deployed as the front tires cross the finish line -- something a professional driver should be able to do.

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