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I know a lot of my friends who are doorslammer fans and racers won’t like what I’m about to say, but, as the old saying goes, “It is what it is.”

The only thing that drag racing has with the proven ability to sell tickets and fill grandstands are the nitro-burning classes. Unfortunately (for some), there’s just too much evidence of that to ignore. Consider the following facts, please.

1. Arguably the most entertaining doorslammer-only series in drag racing is the ADRL, and that series nearly went bankrupt when they first started until they stopped trying to sell tickets and started giving them away. Despite the popularity of that series, it will apparently start this season like it did the last: without a major sponsor.

2.  The IHRA, once famous as the home of mountain-motor Pro Stocks and the originator of Pro Modified, now offers only nitro-burning classes in its professional series and no longer has any kind of professional doorslammer classes.

3. Match races dates for any Pro Stock or Pro Modified are practically non-existent.

There are more examples, but I think you all get the point. Like it or not, nitro is what drives the profitable side of the sport of drag racing.

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Will everyone who is sure that the complaint filed with the IRS regarding the NHRA will result in some cataclysmic changes please stop hyperventilating and relax? I read the entire seven-page letter (a copy of which can be found in our News & Analysis), and there is simply no “smoking gun” in the document.

I didn’t see any information in it that I haven’t seen in the last decade or so of NHRA’s tax returns. I have done a little research and found that any tax-exempt corporation has to justify their status with the IRS each year to retain that status. So, I don’t see any big changes coming.

That’s not to say that the IRS couldn’t ask the NHRA to tighten up a little and quit paying Dallas Gardner $300,000+ a year for an hour of work a week.

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Looks like the NHRA media department, and more specifically the National Dragster staff, might be feeling the heat of being scooped by the electronic press most of the time on breaking news and are trying to do something about it.  I say this because the same day we received a press release from NHRA about Kurt Busch’s foray into driving an NHRA Pro Stocker, we also got our copy of National Dragster with a story about team Penske driver Kurt Busch’s Pro Stock deal.

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