Notes written on my napkin from Shotsky’s Bar & Grill in LaRue, Ohio

Just Wondering… Where have all the racers gone? The total number of entries for the entire NHRA Western Swing (including pro teams) was way under 400 at each stop, with under 300 total cars at Denver.

Just Wondering… Which has the highest profit margin for NHRA and the tracks, the spectator’s ticket or the racer‘s entry fee? If it is a spectator ticket the NHRA and their partners probably made a decent profit on the Western Swing, as all three tracks appeared to have at least two days of excellent spectator attendance.

Just Wondering… Since the track owners/operators pay a majority of the costs (including a flat fee to NHRA) to cover the NHRA’s cost to do a race, plus they are responsible for the entire purse at a Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series race, what is the money that Lucas Oil pays the NHRA to sponsor the series used for?

Just Wondering… Why doesn’t the NHRA allow one or two tracks in each division to add one or more pro classes to a Lucas Oil race? Here’s the twist: No pro cars entered could have run at an NHRA national event in the last six months. 

Just Wondering… How come NHRA national events don’t give away premiums at selected races as other major sports do?  Why not give a John Force, Warren Johnson, or Bob Frey bobble head doll for the first 20,000 ticket buying spectators?

Just Wondering… If it is true that insurance companies are demanding that drag strips have concrete guard walls as a prerequisite for getting insurance, why do I see so many tracks still using steel/fence post barriers? Who is insuring those tracks?

Just Wondering… If there were suddenly to be a rash of rear-tire failures such as the one that the Force team had at Seattle (and Force later said in an interview it would cost him $100,000 to replace the body), would the racers force Goodyear to come up with a more durable tire? A $100,000 body - YIKES! Let’s hope John was exaggerating a little when he said that.

Just Wondering… Is there a more philanthropic supporter of drag racing these days that Kenny “Captain Chaos” Koretsky? He uses his Nitro Fish apparel to back many teams throughout drag racing who couldn’t race without his support. I can guarantee he doesn’t begin to sell enough Nitro Fish stuff to break even on the deals. His support of the bracket racing “Million Dollar Race” is a prime example of his largess! A big tip of the Burkster’s hat to Captain Chaos!

Just Wondering… Since, according to the figures in the NHRA’s tax returns, the salaries of the top management increased as the NHRA’s gross income increased, will those salaries recede if the gross drops (as I’m fairly sure it has)?

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