It’s 2 a.m. and he’s wondering again

It was around 2 a.m. on a Monday night in O’Fallon MO. I’d had a couple of adult beverages to combat my insomnia and had a small buzz working. The Dennis the Menace sitcom is beaming down from the tube on the oldies station. (Gale Gordon, who played the second Mr. Wilson, really bulges his eyes out of his face whenever his is talking to Dennis and it looks seriously weird that time of night). I was playing some mindless video poker and then I got to wondering...

Just Wondering… Why are some people so upset  because  (evidently) the NHRA is going to allow John Force to sticker up his Mustang Funny Car bodies and call them a Camaro? When I first heard about this  I was reminded of the old saying; “don’t piss on my boots and tell me it;s raining.” Then I thought what the hell  am I upset about? Without being wrapped and decaled with giant Detroit brand badges the current funny car Mustang and Mopar bodies are very hard to identify from 50 feet away much less from the top row at Pomona.   

I am and have always been a fan of John Force, the racer and the person. The fact is my like for him never depended on what Detroit automobile his floppers are supposed to represent. That applies to most of his fans, I think. John Force using a Mustang body for all these years evidently didn’t sell enough Mustangs for Ford to renew with the most popular personality among NHRA racers these days.  

So if John Force says his cars are now Chevys not Mustangs, so what? By the time JFR  gets through decaling and detailing their Mustang bodies they it will look as much like a 2015 Camaro as they were going to look like a 2015 Mustang. Most of the fans and racers that go to NHRA races want to see as many nitro burning race cars as possible regardless of which Detroit/Japanese auto builder the bodies are supposed to represent, and I suspect most won’t care what brand John’s cars are supposed to look like as long as they do good burnouts and burn nitro.

My hero journalist, the late founder of National Speed Sport News, Chris Economaki’s biography is aptly titled “ Let ‘em all go”. If that sentiment was good enough for Mr. Economaki, it is good enough for me!

Just Wondering… Based upon the recent nearly unbelievable changes that are coming from the NHRA that won’t fill the NHRA coffers but will absolutely benefit their loyal fans and sportsman racers (one-and-a-half-times points for the U.S. Nationals and adding more coverage for sportsman, E.T. and bracket racers in National Dragster), you have to wonder what changed at the NHRA to cause this kind of action? Whatever the reason, I’m thrilled with the direction that president Tom Compton’s team is taking the NHRA these days.

Just Wondering… Is the next “barrier” that might create some fan excitement for NHRA fans and nitro racers a 300-mph eighth-mile speed?  Racers always need a challenge and I believe the next challenge for NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams will be a race to see who can go 300-mph in 660 feet. I think the fastest speed in the eighth to date is the 293+ mph Top Fuel Dragster lap that Spencer Massey made during testing this year at PBIR.

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