Wondering once more

Just Wondering … Does Graham Light actually believe that fining a Don Schumacher, John Force, Conrad Kalitta driver (or any nitro driver for that matter) between $2500 and $5000 for an oil-down is going to change the way they race or the tune-up on the car? The answer, of course, is absolutely not! On the other hand the loss of Championship points, even the so-called “little points” awarded in qualifying could push tuners to put a “safer” tune-up in their cars.

Just Wondering … Is there a better way to convince team tuners to not push the tune-up to the explosion level? How about this suggestion: Any team that oils the track on a pass that qualifies them automatically drops to the bottom half of the qualified field. If more than one qualifier oils the track the slowest qualifier goes to the 16th spot, the next slowest 15th and so on. If a team oils the track on raceday and wins they automatically lose lane choice. If they lose, fine ‘em!

Just Wondering … Is it time for the NHRA to limit the number of engines a team can race on a given weekend as a way to control the cost of racing? That’s not an original idea but one whose time has come. How about limiting nitro teams to just three complete engines per race weekend? If they run out of engines they’re out of the race. That might force the tuners to not build “bombs” and actually control the spiraling cost of nitro racing.

Just Wondering … With Mercury, Olds, or Pontiac platforms no long available for Pro Stock teams is it time for NHRA to open up Pro Stock to any make and model of car? I wouldn’t mind seeing a BMW or Mercedes or Corvette Pro Stocker myself.

Just Wondering … How much longer is the NHRA going to hold the line and restrict Pro Stock teams to 500-inch carbureted big block powerplants? Isn’t it past time for the Pro Stock class to get back to being a real factory hot rod?

Just Wondering … Why not a Chevy Pro Stocker with one of GM’s new turbocharged, E-85 burning V-6 engines under the hood? I wonder if GM would support the NHRA like they are the IRL if they were allowed to compete?

Just Wondering … Is it time to move the timeline for what is considered to be a “nostalgia” car? Right now most nostalgia races restrict entries to 1979 or earlier body styles. I’m thinking it’s time to move the bar to about 1985. To a lot of 20-something drag fans a1985 model car was produced before they were born.

Just Wondering … What are they thinking? I recently talked to an AA/FC crew chief who rents his car out to hobby drivers. He told me many of the drivers don’t even bother to go to the top end of the track to check it out before racing. Any driver who is guilty of that idiocy ought to lose his driving privileges.

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