Just Wondering while boiling in another 100+ degree day in the Midwest

Just Wondering … Would there have been a different decision Sunday by the NHRA if Kurt Johnson were contending for the Full Throttle Championship or if it was Allen Johnson that got disqualified? I would like to think it wouldn’t have made a difference.  It appeared  obvious to everyone at the track and those of us watching the race on TV that some kind of glitch in the timing system caused Kurt Johnson to get a bogus red light in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations at Sonoma. Viewers at home were shown enough slow motion replays and interviews with Kurt Johnson to come to that conclusion. So why isn’t there some NHRA procedure in place to provide for a re-run if there is an obvious issue? While rising star Vincent Nobile is a virtual lock to qualify for the post-season Countdown the screw-up could cost Kurt Johnson a shot at the Countdown.

Just Wondering … Why not just tell the drivers at the end of the track to re-pack the chutes, cool the engines and report directly back to the staging lanes to settle the issue?

Just Wondering … Can anyone  be surprised that turbocharged NHRA Pro Mods (and to a lesser extent the nitrous cars) continue to dominate that series again? A turbocharged 526 ci Hemi can  easily make 4,000 horsepower according to the turbo experts I talk to, and the nitrous cars with EFI have de facto traction control,  neither of which a supercharged car can legally have. How dominant have the non-supercharged cars been over the last two years? During that period supercharged NHRA Pro Mods have won a total of four races. Is it time to let the supercharger racers use nitrous oxide? I vote yes.

Just Wondering … Why won’t the NHRA do something about the stutter boxes in their .90 index classes? For everyone except the competitors, racing that involves virtually shutting off the engine just off the starting line, coasting for a while in silence, then hitting the throttle is impossible to explain to a new fan and unnatural for drag racing. No wonder no one watches those classes!

Just Wondering … On that same subject, why does NHRA insist on keeping the 8.90, 9.90 and 10.90 bracket  ET’s where they are when every car in those three classes can easily go quicker? The racers build high-six-second, low-seven-second Top Dragsters or Top Sportsman cars and then spend a lot of time and money trying to slow them down enough to run the bracket. Slow them down? How is that drag racing? We used to call it “sandbagging!”

Just Wondering … Did you know Don Shumacher Racing has won both Top Fuel and Funny Car at the same event 30 times? The DSR  teams seem to be making the case that some racers made a decade ago, when three- and four-car nitro teams were first emerging, that those teams would eventually dominate the classes. My opinion is that because DSR has manyTop Fuel and Nitro Funny car teams that organization has a real data and parts advantage over the rest of the nitro cars.

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