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NHRA is going back to the future

Before I get into the meat of this blast I would like to make a point about some old business. First, let’s get it straight: drag racing is and always has been a sport where two drivers race each other to determine a winner. No matter what other factors are involved, in the end it has been a contest of will and skill between two drivers. I like my drag racing that way and, despite what some of my peers have written, the difference between two cars drag racing and four cars racing is about the same as between Texas hold ’em and go fish! One is about skill with some luck involved and the other is just a parlor game.

If four-wide racing is so entertaining and good for selling tickets why doesn’t Bruton Smith and his NASCAR buddies start the races at Bristol, Talladega, Daytona and Charlotte four-wide instead of two-wide? Maybe they’ll fill the seats they haven’t been able to fill that way. If I want gimmick racing I’ll go see a Joie Chitwood thrill show at the local oval track or fairgrounds.

Okay, now to the subject at hand. I have received information from very reliable sources in the last few days, information that I believe is true that very shortly maybe as soon as June 1 that the NHRA is going to mandate at the least a spec fuel pump for Top Fuel and Funny Car effective January 1, 2011.

Depending on whom you talk to, the rule will be a maximum 55-gallon pump for Funny Cars and a 60-gallon for the Top Fuel cars or 60 for the floppers and 65 for the fuelers.

Either way it goes, the result is inevitable: those cars are going to slow down. And while there may still be explosions, they will be significantly smaller explosions than those we see incurred with the use of the current 100-gallon per minute pumps.

I’m of the opinion that a couple of things forced the NHRA to make this move. All that has happened as the result of shortening the track is that the tuners just shortened the fuse.

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