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The reality is there needs to be some major changes in both nostalgia nitro classes. Some people have short memories when it comes to Funny Cars. This time it was Dragster oiling the track, last time it was Funnies. Both rules packages have gotten out of hand. My fear is nobody will step up and actually do anything until it's too late.
I am a fan of good writing, as well as drag racing. It's always a pleasure to read the work of Mr. Baker. His use of language paints a great picture of any scenes he brushes up against.
Baker's coverage of one class at one race: the A/Gas mob assembled at CHRR- has given me pause to ask some big picture questions.
How are 30 crews able to participate at Bakersfield with strong 7-sec. full bodied machines... with an authentically and wonderfully reenactment presentation at what is ostensibly a "nostalgia" race? What attention to detail do these teams retain as they are able to go round on what passes as a sustainable budget? Obviously, car count isn't an issue. Furthermore, these racers also run a couple of other series' events on the left coast... and their efforts are mirrored as far away as Lebanon Valley, NY. I suspect these racers have found a way to turn on both the crowd and themselves with a level of home-crafted hot rodding not seen often enough this decade. That factor has a sharp resemblance to the dawn of the TS movement. Some of these teams have managed to maintain a fan following for well over a decade-up and down the west coast with less drama and more fun. Chew on this, owners and promoters....
I have to actually congratulate NHRA for the final race of the season. The last one of the season was the BEST coverage I have EVER seen. It was timely, informative, filled with mystery, doubt and hope, all at the same time. And, bottom line: I was EXACTLY what it should be. Drag racing at its finest.
I was actually cheering for Beckman, Brown, and Allen Johnson. All in my own living room. (Spilled a few cold ones actually with the excitement!) They have sure earned their titles and now have RESPECT.
Perhaps the light will go on and Compton will actually acknowledge it. We shall see folks, we shall see.