From the Burkster’s Reporter’s Notebook (also more wondering)

Recently I’ve been getting some snarky emails and I’m getting hauled over the coals on message boards regarding the fact that, for the World Series of Drag Racing ONLY, the DRO series is going to allow some slightly larger side and rear spoilers. I made the decision because NHRA isn’t enforcing its own rulebook and for driver safety considerations.

Apparently many of you are upset because you think this decision makes the cars less “Nostalgic.” So let me clear up any misconceptions that some of you may have: The DRO AA/FC Challenge was never about being a home for true Nostalgia funny cars. It was designed from the start to be a series for racers who wanted to race a nitro funny car but couldn’t afford to go NHRA racing, and to provide track owners with an affordable nitro show.
The only NHRA Heritage rules the DRO series is bound to follow are the safety rules. Everything else is on the table. From the start the DRO rules were done to try and keep the cost down. So, from the first race I allowed “big” tires and we let one racer use an 8-71 blower for a season.  

I would remind you that when I started the DRO series there were plenty of car owners who lobbied very hard for me to legalize big fuel pumps, big superchargers and MSD mags. I told them no because I knew allowing those parts would just make it more expensive to race. Expense and safety are the two things that shape every rule I make or will make.

Everyone should come to grips with the fact that, other than cosmetics, there is nothing nostalgic about the AA/FCs you see at the DRO, NHRA Heritage or IHRA Nitro Jam races. What’s nostalgic about carbon fiber bodies, $10,000 superchargers, four-wheel brakes, auto-shutoff devices, fresh air systems, or $2,000 fuel pumps? The answer is nothing!  

Lastly, in regard to the car bodies, you all know that I HATE the current NHRA Funny Cars with their “cheese-wedge” bodies, dump truck bed spoilers on the back and F-16 canopies glued where a roof ought to be. I refuse to allow that to happen in the DRO series. 

I’ll say it again. The DRO series is NOT a Nostalgia Funny Car Series.  The DRO series is a “spec” nitro funny car circuit that requires the bodies to at least resemble those used on F/Cs in the late 1960s and ’70s, and a “spec” motor.

If real nostalgia funny cars is what you crave I suggest going to any one of Dennis Salzwimmer’s Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car events ‘cause they race some real, no BS, nostalgic Funny Cars on alcohol in that circuit.  

And remember, there won’t be any “dump truck” spoilers on any DRO AA/FC as long as I’m running the deal. Take that to the bank!

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