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Wondering in the mid-June heat

Just Wondering… What was the bigger motorsports story, Dale Earnhardt Jr breaking a 143-race non-winning skid with a NASCAR Cup win at the Michigan 400, or Tony Schumacher getting off the “schneid” at the NHRA and winning a Top Fuel “Wally” at Thunder Valley in Bristol? The answer is, who cares?

Just Wondering… Why is it that almost the only air time NHRA’s other “professional" racers (Sportsman, Pro Mod, and Nitro Harley) get during one of ESPN2’s broadcasts of a national event is when someone crashes? With five hours of on-air time to fill during an NHRA race weekend, why couldn’t there be time for a two-minute clip of the best Sportsman, Pro Mod, or Nitro Harley performance of that event? I’d bet there are one or more of the sponsors that support those cars and drivers who would gladly buy an ad for such a highlight on the ESPN2 broadcast.

Just Wondering… What to think about the NHRA’s cutting of ticket prices for Sunday and Monday of the U.S. Nationals by $15. The only conclusion you could draw from that action is that the NHRA currently isn’t selling a lot of advance tickets for Sunday and Monday at the U.S. Nationals.

Just Wondering… Is NHRA’s best Return On Investment (ROI) profits these days generated by the Hot Rod Reunion races they promote at Bakersfield and Bowling Green? I think the answer is absolutely yes! Those two events draw huge crowds and car count (rumor has it they turned car entries away at Bowling Green’s Hot Rod Reunion on Friday). Is the financial success at Bakersfield and “Boiling” Green the reason they are expanding the Reunion dance card to include one at Epping, NH?

Just Wondering… If the Reunion races currently on the schedule and the new Reunion at Epping keep making big bucks, will the NHRA start holding these Reunions at tracks like Indy, Atlanta, and Gainesville? It may take some time but the answer is yes, because the NHRA is going to monetize anything they can.

Just Wondering… Why hasn’t some smart race promoter decided to hold a special race for NHRA TAD and TAFC  where they would lift the restrictions on nitro percentage for the A/Fuel cars and overdrive and weight restriction for the TADs? The hook would be which cars would be the first in the fours and the first over 300 mph in the quarter mile. They could just have an 8-10 hour event where the only goal for these cars would be breaking a record  -- no racing per se but plenty of fast cars trying for a spot in the history books. Maybe pay the eight quickest and fastest cars a set amount with a bonus prize of $25,000 each for the first cars to break the four-second and 300-mph barriers.

Just Wondering… Is there an unwritten NHRA rule against rescinding a bad rule, no matter how wrong or bad it is?

Just Wondering… (and thanks to a reader for this one) After the NHRA finally gets direct factory support of real Factory Experimental cars a fan can order from a Ford, Chevy, or Chrysler dealer, what possessed them to “bury” the class at the U.S. Nationals by running it on Thursday and Friday instead of Monday? You talk about a bad business decision! Gee, maybe instead of a track walk or during one of the endless pauses for track prep, they could schedule these cars when the most eyeballs will be on them?  And what do you bet that until they read this there was no plan to mention these cars on the NHRA ESPN broadcast from the U.S. Nationals?

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