Is he a fool for wondering today?

Just Wondering… Why doesn’t  the IHRA open up their current four-car Jet Eliminator class to eight cars? Guarantee the current booked-in teams four spots, but allow four more cars to qualify for an eight-car field. The IHRA needs a marquee professional class it can call its own, so why not a Pro Jet Dragster class? I’m betting there are enough jet car racers who would risk losing their NHRA licenses for the opportunity to actually race and win an IHRA Ironman at a national event.  

Here are some reasons why that class makes sense:

1. If you poll fans on the favorite cars they would buy a ticket to watch, generally Jet Cars and wheelstanders are one-two.  

2. Jets are capable of 300-plus mph speeds and mid 5-second ET’s and don’t require any track prep other than making sure the track is clean and dry.

3. There are more corporate non-automotive related sponsors for jet cars than NHRA nitro cars.

4. The IHRA could again offer its fans a class of racing they cannot see at an NHRA event. As far as I’m concerned a professional class of Jet Car Eliminator would be a lot more interesting to watch in person or on TV than the current NHRA Top Fuel cars (especially at night!)

Just Wondering… Did you know that, according to one of my sources with access to information regarding advance ticket sales, all three of the first NHRA national events significantly increased their pre-race ticket sales for 2015 over 2014?

Just Wondering… Would the very low Nielsen ratings of NHRA’s qualifying show improve if, instead of the current pre-taped Pro Qualifying show that sometimes airs the same day of the race, NHRA and ESPN2 rebooted a Saturday one-hour show covering not only the highlights of NHRA qualifying but all drag racing news?

Just Wondering… Why the Nielsen ratings for the Street Outlaw Show on the Discovery channel are so high compared to ratings for the NHRA qualifying and raceday broadcasts on ESPN2? The answer is most real NHRA drag racing fans probably aren’t fans of the Street Outlaws show, and the fans of the Street Outlaw shows most likely aren’t going to buy a $50 ticket to watch NHRA racing. They are fans of watching those wacky Okies racing on the farm-to-market back roads of Oklahoma. In a way I think the fans of the Street Outlaw show have the same demographic as those that loved the old Dukes of Hazzard TV show. One thing is sure: the police are portrayed as bumbling idiots in both.

Just Wondering… Isn’t it time we all (myself included) quit blaming the always upward spiraling cost of racing a nitro car on the NHRA management and technical department? Isn’t it the racers themselves who constantly drive up the cost of racing?  NHRA isn’t to blame for the racers bringing as many as a half-dozen complete engines for every car for each race. NHRA isn’t forcing the teams to buy or develop $15-20,000 superchargers or to completely obsolete their current engine program by switching to a six-disc clutch. NASCAR forced their Cup teams to reduce the horsepower their engines made, and improved their show. Why can’t the NHRA do the same?

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