Can you stand some more wondering?

Just Wondering… The NHRA’s nitro classes’ top speeds keep getting higher and the ET’s keep going lower.  In fact, the top speeds for nitro cars are getting very close to what they were before the NHRA shortened the track with the stated reasons of making nitro racing safer and less expensive. So, why still race a thousand feet?  Nitro cars are now going almost as fast in 1,000 feet as they were in a quarter of a mile and they are doing it in about 3.5 seconds.  Common sense tells you nitro motors and drive train components have to work harder and are subject to more stress in order to go 325+ mph in 1,000 feet instead of 1320. So, wouldn’t that mean more engine and drivetrain failures? What’s next?

Just Wondering… I really like the job ESPN’s Dave Rieff has done as the host of the NHRA race broadcasts with partner Mike Dunn. In fact I really enjoy listening to and watching all of the current talent on the ESPN broadcast team. But it makes me cringe when Dave keeps referring to “packed grandstands” during the broadcast and then the camera pans down the stands and it  obviously is not “packed”?  Is he under an NHRA  mandate to say “packed grandstands”?

Just Wondering… What genius decided there were enough fans of Stock, Super Stock, and the .90 classes that the NHRA management should charge fans $12 to watch those classes (mostly) practice on Wednesday and Thursday at the U.S. Nats? Why not just a $5 charge -- or better yet, a free ticket -- on those days so that a few fans (hopefully new ones) might actually show up?

Just Wondering… If that same genius of marketing is the one who scheduled the Detroit car company-backed and -supported Factory Stock Showdown at 8 a.m. Thursday!?  You can be sure the racing press, both electronic and print, will be at IRP early Thursday morning for that race! Why not schedule it for midnight in the K-Mart parking lot? There would be more fans and media to see it at that time, I guarantee it.

Just Wondering… Why would the new IHRA management even consider returning to eight-car qualified fields of professional nitro classes at their Nitro Jam events, instead of the successful program they have now? Wasn’t it the eight-car pro nitro fields that basically put the old IHRA out of business because they and the track operators couldn’t afford to pay for them? Weren’t they unable to find sponsors for the nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel classes when they had the NHRA hitters in those classes racing with the IHRA? Didn’t highly successful promoters like Bill Bader and Clear Channel’s Charlie Mancuso try promoting the old IHRA national events when they were in charge and FAIL?  As a very wise person once said, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Just Wondering… If what I read is true and 97% of the motoring public drive cars and the other 3%  drive motorcycles and other modes of travel, why then does the NHRA continue to keep Pro Stock Motorcycle as one quarter of their professional classes and refuse to make Pro Mod a pro class? Does that policy make any sense on any level?

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