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Just Wondering at the Las Vegas SEMA Show

Just Wondering... Is Pro Mod the new version of drag racing’s old Super Stock classes? I remember when there was just one class in Super Stock and it was the precursor to today’s Pro Stock class. Then through the years they kept adding more and more Super Stock classes until there were about 50 or more. The same thing has happened to Pro Mod in my opinion. About 30 years ago there was the one Pro Mod class. These days there are so many iterations of Pro Mods they are hard to keep up with. Today we have Pro Mod circuits that have “Pro Mods” that are restricted to nitrous oxide injection only, supercharged engines only, Automatic transmissions only, 10.5 wide tires only, those that race on eighth-mile tracks only, quarter-mile only, a wide variety of classes with varying minimum weights and I’m sure there are some I’ve neglected to list. My point is that these days almost any cars  with operating doors  can be called “ Pro Modified” and life is a lot more complicated than it once was.

Just Wondering... Instead of the off-road acrobatics cars the Traxxas folks demo at all of the NHRA races, why don’t they build a Funny Car version on those same chassis, build a 150-foot track and drag race the Funny Cars during oil downs at national events? I’ll bet there would be plenty of participants for a program like that and it would open up a whole new group of buyers for the Traxxas cars. They could even have a shootout for those cars at the World Finals or Indy. I’d buy the first one.

Just Wondering... How did drag racing (NHRA) squander the opportunity it had with 2012 Top Fuel World Champion Antron Brown?  Mr. Brown was the first champion that NHRA drag racing has had since I’ve been covering this sport that had the personality and background to introduce NHRA drag racing with the Gen X and Millennial generations of young motorsports fans. These generations are not gearheads but instead are more concerned with their heroes being hip. Antron Brown is hip and (for the most part) 50 or 60-something rich white guy champions aren’t. It was a tremendous opportunity to introduce a younger generation and was completely wasted. What a shame.

Just Wondering... Why isn’t there a doorslammer version to complement the Jr. Dragster class? Frankly the Jr. Dragster class is the only program that the NHRA currently has that introduces and encourages young boys and girls to be involved in the sport of drag racing. And while I’m thinking about it, how about some Mello Yello TV time at the World Finals for the Jr. Dragsters? I’m betting that the Coca-Cola marketing folks would love to make the Mello Yello brand popular with the generation that drives Jr. Dragster.

Just Wondering... Are there 8-10 quality AA/FC nitro burners that can afford to and are available to travel from coast to coast and border to border plus two races in Canada on the 2014 10- race IHRA circuit?  The answer is no! How many of the 30+ AA/FC entries that attend the March Meet and the Hot Rod Reunion each year are going to travel east of the Rocky Mountains? The answer is less than five. That aside, there should be plenty of cars for the IHRA’s first two races of the season in Arizona and Texas in March 2014.

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