Pro Mod and Pro Stock have never been stranger, nor had better racing

It is a strange new world in professional drag racing these days.

Both the National Hot Rod Association and the International Hot Rod Association have professional classes that are controlled, funded or both by the racer/businessmen who populate the classes. And on the eighth mile, Pro Mod racing was saved by a group of racers who formed the Professional Drag Racer Association when the ADRL imploded.

In the almost 70 years of organized drag racing we’ve never witnessed anything to compare to this turn of events.

Racers have always believed that given the opportunity they could do a much better job of running a sanctioning  body, race series or even a single race than whoever has that job currently . Basically,  racers -- both professional and hobby -- distrust authority and those that have  it. Many of them and their family and crews sincerely believe that  promoters in general are able to “line their pockets” with money from promoting races instead of paying racers what they deserve for “ being the show”.  

I’ve always believed that every professional racer should have to promote at least one race in their career with their own money just to experience and enjoy the monetary” benefit” from promoting races. The joys of investing a couple of hundred thousand dollars or more promoting a race then watching  the weatherman  predict  rain for the weekend or finding out someone is staging a free music festival the same weekend in the same town is something every professional racer should experience.

In order to keep the Pro Mod class a part of the NHRA national event program  the Real Pro Modified  racers formed a drag racing version of a political action committee and secured enough sponsor funding to meet the NHRA’s financial  requirements -- and the class was saved. The Mountain Motor Pro Stock owners currently racing with the IHRA did the same. And if it weren’t for a group of Extreme Pro Mod team owners forming the PDRA  there wouldn’t be a series for the extreme Pro Mod racing.

A funny thing happened though. The same racers who used to rip the NHRA for the way they treated the Pro Mod class are now expressing the same angst and distrust regarding the RPM group.

I wonder how the well-meaning racers who saved the NHRA Pro Mod class by forming RPM, their counterparts at the PDRA or the Mountain Motor Pro Stock drivers  are enjoying being part of management these days? And I wonder if Pro Stock and Pro Mod racers and fans truly appreciate the efforts of their fellow racers to keep their part of the sport viable?

Now, from the strange and absurd to the entertaining and sublime, which is the only words you can use to describe the state of fast doorslammer racing these days.

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