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Clearing out a cluttered Notebook

Just Wondering... As a certified nitro junkie, I’m a big fan of IHRA racing because they have had three classes for nitro-burning racers. I have to ask why was it so hard for me to get information about the race during the Memphis race? I wanted to know what was happening in those classes but this year getting round-by-round results was difficult for me -- in part due to my own lack of understanding and skills using social media, which evidently was the IHRA’s choice for getting daily info.

As a journalist and fan I found that extremely frustrating. I tried to watch the live TV feed from IHRA’s final race of the year but I simply didn’t have the patience or the time required to sit in front of my computer watching the Memphis International starting line with no action for very long periods of time. It was mind-numbing “TV” at best.

The only info I could find during the weekend was Friday’s results which were posted on IHRA’s website. I tried looking at the IHRA Facebook and Twitter links and again could only find the Friday results. In all I spent three wasted hours that Sunday watching the live feed and surfing the net for info on the race with little or no success.

Why couldn’t the live webcast that IHRA is paying for show the qualifying sheets instead of what seemed like hours of nothing on the screen but a live shot of the tower with a note saying “we will be right back with more racing”?

If the IHRA is going to be perceived as a major sanctioning body going forward they have to do a better job of making information regarding their races and racers easily available.

Just Wondering... Is the NHRA in its current form and financial condition a business that anyone with enough money to buy it would purchase? There is nothing in the NHRA’s tax returns to indicate that a buyer would get a reasonable return on the investment required to buy the NHRA. That being said, NASCAR was in the drag racing sanctioning business in the 1960s and ‘70s and might be the only company who would justify buying another sanctioning body. I’d sure like to see what that organization could or would do with NHRA drag racing.

Just Wondering... Can someone please explain to me why the IHRA doesn’t pay points for speed records? During the halcyon days of drag racing growth in the late 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s the entertainment factor was often the chase to be the first nitro car to record a 4-second or 300-mph lap. Or the first doorslammer over 200 mph or in the 6-second ET zone. These days there is almost no chance that NHRA fans will see a significant new speed or ET record set in their pro classes due to rules that have brought PARITY to once “unlimited” classes.

I’ve never fully understood why the NHRA eliminated awarding points for a speed record in the pro classes or why the IHRA followed their lead. Big speeds and new records were the driving attraction of drag racing for years. If the IHRA wants to step out of the NHRA’s big shadow with fans and racers, why not return to awarding championship points for speed records in all classes!

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