A warm and fuzzy feeling

Burk!! Great comments about "Our Nostalgia Racing" as it is today. You hit on ALL thee points that make it so great; I'm glad you've come around. As a 30-year Nostalgia racer and crew chief, I'm thrilled every time I come to the track. Wherever I race it's like HOME! I get that warm feeling of family and friends and competition: win, lose, or draw, it doesn't get ANY better.

I could go on and on and on but I think you got "that feeling." I can't wait to see forty F/Cs at the MM, just like the old days, ten wide all the way to the end of the staging lanes. The colors of all those cars at one time will be historic to say the least. As a photographer also, I can't wait to shoot this historic event. I'll send you a photo or two from my take as I race with my team to be part of this historic event.

I am a crew chief for Duke Racing, Woody "Pops" Duke family of racing from the '60s, currently racing a NE/3 NE/2 car this year as Steve Duke prepares for next year NE/1 Altered! Thanks again, Burk! Keep up the GOOD words for our sport! See you at the MM!

Bill Rogers
"NitroSalsa" Duke Racing,
Canyon Country, California

Just a couple more things to make it perfect

Jeff, I agree with you pretty much with the fun that nostalgia funny car and TF brings. What is lacking are header flames on the burnouts and at idle, and dry hops. Bring those back and you add 50% more excitement.

Peter Kumble
Amherst, Massachusetts

Downsizing at the country club

Jeff, I always enjoy your "Blast." Thanks. In your most recent one you kinda touched a nerve when you talked about "country club" racing circuits. Now then, I've never been to an F1 event and I have "broken up" with NASCAR but I do attend a few endurance races.

Just last week I drove over to Daytona for the Rolex 24. I enjoyed no country club perks as I took a couple of sandwiches and soft drinks for dinner and brunch and slept in my cold car for a bit in the wee hours of Sunday morning. It was worth any discomfort to get to roam the track and watch the action, and on Sunday to see my friend Terry Borcheller hoist the trophy in Victory Lane with his three co-drivers.

Like you say, the racing is not bad, and just like John Force bellows (in a good sort of way) in the local radio commercials as we approach the Gatornationals, the same is true for sports car racing as the NHRA: every ticket is a pit pass.

So the weekend following the Gainesville event, stay over for another week and I'll take you to Sebring for the 12 hour race. But if you want to grab a nap, it will have to be in my 1996 Honda Prelude. Sorry.

Keep up the good work.

Tim Stewart
Pastor, Burnt Store Presbyterian Church
Punta Gorda, Florida