Buckle up, we may experience a little turbulence

I went to visit my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids in Arizona for Thanksgiving, got the flu Thanksgiving morning and stayed close to a porcelain bowl for next 48 hours followed by six more days of feeling like death was imminent. I was so weak I had to be pushed through the airport in a freakin’ wheelchair and when I finally did get home I immediately had an attack of gout. So I’m in no mood for BS ... and I’ve seen and heard a bunch of it lately.

I am going to comment on some of it even though in today’s drag racing world speaking your mind as I do can and has cost me advertising and being threatened with getting no press credentials. Those actions have never influenced my columns in the past and won’t as long as I’m doing this.

PDRA’s ‘Let’s Make Drag Racing Great Again’ press release

I was reading the PDRA’s press release from the PRI Show and it was a very informative press release with actual news and information racers and fans alike needed. It was also fairly self-serving and full of hyperbole which almost every drag racing sanctioning body (any series that sells memberships, licenses, pit passes or tickets and makes its own rules) press releases are, forcing any real editor or news outlet to rewrite them before using.

But I digress. As I was reading this particularly good and very interesting press release I got to a paragraph describing now they had an arrangement with a magazine that would to get the series and its racers more media coverage and help make stars of their racers. They ended the paragraph by modifying president-elect Trump’s slogan with the phrase “Let’s make drag racing great again.” Give me a break please!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with drag racing. Whether it’s a Wednesday night test and tune or the U.S. Nationals, drag racing is still way cool. The only real problem is management teams that are generally incompetent or unqualified for their jobs and are more concerned with promoting themselves and their sponsors than the sport and their racers.

Stop the fight, ref, the Street Outlaws are beating the hell out of the NHRA

Who would you say was the most recognizable drag racer in the World today? What is the most well-known drag race car? If your answer was anything other than the Street Outlaw Justin Shaffer or the Farm Truck, you fail. If your answer was John Force, Don Garlits, or any NHRA star you are most likely over 60. Today most of the 18 to 35-year-old demographic -- if they are drag racing fans at all -- are fans of the Street Outlaws and their cars, and that is a fact.

I’ve been late coming to the Street Outlaws party and I would only tune because the 18-35 fans have spoken. They don’t want the mainstream establishment drag racing or racers; they want the “outsiders”.

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