Just Wondering

Just Wondering… Why, after just one year, did Bill Bader Jr. decide to drop the Nostalgia AA/FCs from Norwalk Raceway Park’s annual Night of Fire extravaganza?

Just Wondering… What reason the NHRA tech department could possibly have for not allowing canopies for Top Fuel cars? A canopy prevents engine fire from coming into the cockpit, which is a safety issue, and if it’s a little more aerodynamic, so what? And let’s not forget there is a long history of cockpits on nitro-burning dragsters.

Just Wondering… The Charter for the NHRA says the basic purpose of the organization is to make drag racing safer for the competitors. I cannot find a single sentence saying the purpose of forming the organization is to generate funds to pay executives' salaries. So how the hell does NHRA justify their taking between 20 and 35 percent of the racer’s gross sales of T-shirts, hats, etc?

Just Wondering… With gasoline approaching $4.00 a gallon today, and expected to reach $5.00 before the summer is over, are 32-car fields in the Sportsman classes at NHRA national events a real possibility? I say yes -- and because of that NHRA will most likely increase the number of Lucas Oil Sportsman classes at 2012 national events.  

Just Wondering… If the cost of oil drives the price of gasoline to $5.00 a gallon, will that in turn drive the cost of liquid traction compound much higher than its price of around $1,000 a barrel? If it does (and I believe it will), look for the NHRA to use less traction compound on national event tracks in the future. The rising cost of traction compound could affect non-national event track prep even more dramatically.

Just Wondering… With the advent of a barrier-breaking 200+ mph pass by NHRA Pro Stock biker Eddie Krawiec and the sure fact that that others will follow, when will the NHRA require the same ‘chutes that Pro Nitro Bikes are now using?

Just Wondering… Is it just me? Doesn’t it appear that the NHRA doesn’t actually listen to the fans when it comes to giving them what they want to see at the races? DRO gets many letters every year from fans asking for Pro Stockers and Funny Cars that are recognizable, and fuel altereds and nitro bikes at NHRA national events. It seems to me that the NHRA isn’t responding to the fan base but rather to the racers and team owners. Often those two entities are at odds when it comes to what the ticket buying public wants to see.

Just Wondering … This is strictly an old drag race fan issue, but am I the only one who misses the twin-engined cars that used to be a part of the sport? Most of this generation of fans have never seen a twin-engined car but I’ll bet if they ever saw one (or a pair!) in action they’d like them.

Just Wondering … Why more track owner/managers don’t make finish-line seats their premium seating? In drag racing, that last quarter of the track is where most of the drama in the race happens. If you go to an NHRA event and want to mingle with famous drivers and tuners, go to the seats nearest the finish line and see who is sitting there watching the racing.

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