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Just wondering after a long weekend at the NHRA’s St. Louis drags

Just wondering … How the hell can they think of four-wide drag racing when the track crews are having a hell of a time just getting two lanes to deliver traction?

Just wondering … Was ESPN’s broadcast of the dreadful “kitty drags” the equivalent of the fabled “jumped the shark” episode of the TV sitcom Happy Days? That episode was acknowledged as the exact moment when that show ceased to be relevant to its viewing audience. Perhaps going forward “jumped the shark” will be replaced with the term “dragged the kitty”.

Just wondering … So far the NHRA has had racers try fewer clutch discs, single mags, smaller engines and most recently a fuel pump that delivers about 60% of the volume current pumps do. The first indication of the 60-gallon test after the St. Louis race wasn’t too satisfying. A best of 5.16/250.00 in a thousand feet is a long way from a four-second, 300-mph quarter-mile lap. Experts tell me that the speed and ET weren’t actually too bad and with more time to fine-tune, the speeds and ET’s could be where the NHRA wants them. Did this test finally show the NHRA that no one change on the car or engine is going to deliver the performance changes the NHRA is seeking?

Just wondering … Why has all the NHRA testing of different engines, fuel and drivetrains been done on Funny Cars exclusively and not one (to my knowledge) done using fuel dragsters?

Just wondering … Did the guys in charge of coming up with rule changes to safely slow down the fuel cars forget that in the past 10 years or so the NHRA has added between 250 and 300 lbs to the minimum weight of the fuel cars?

Just wondering … Remember when at big-time “street legal” races like those held at Memphis and St. Louis the cars had to be driven 25 miles, have a title and be licensed in the state they came from before they could compete? I liked that kind of “street legal” drag racing a lot more than what it has morphed into these days.

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