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Just Wondering… Is this weekend’s combo IHRA/DRO AA/FC race going to be one of the best in history from a nostalgia nitro funny car fan’s point of view? Considering that it might possibly be the toughest field to just qualify in the short history of the class I think it will be.
The reason I say that is there are 16 confirmed entries including most if not all of the recent NHRA (Heritage), IHRA, and DRO champs and the only two drivers who have recorded sub-5.60 quarter-mile ET’s in legal trim. It is an eight-car field so every qualifying lap will require a maximum effort by all the entries. The weatherman is predicting record cool temperatures in the 70’s for the race instead of the 100+ heat that usually is the norm for July in the Midwest. I think there is an excellent chance that both the IHRA and DRO speed and ET records could fall at this event.
After the qualifying is done and the real racing starts, the winner and runner-up crews will have to turn their cars around in about four hours to get three laps in on Saturday. This race should and could be historic.
Just Wondering… Why the NMCA/NMRA and Super Chevy organizations don’t send race results race results from their events to the DRO and MaxChevy offices? I guess the management of those organizations feels the sponsors or racers don’t need or want the 350,000+ combined unique visitors those two magazines generate each month. We run race results as a service to the sport, racers, sponsors and fans and we do it at no charge. What’s really bizarre is that we get great race reports with photos from drag race events in Europe, Australia, and Canada, but those two U.S. series evidently can’t be bothered. I guess they just don’t need the free publicity.
Just Wondering… It is obvious that Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars have proven to be an affordable show for smaller tracks (10,000 plus or minus seats) that will bring ticket-buying fans into those tracks. Since we all know that fans will pay a reasonable ticket price to see nitro-burning race cars, is the time now right for the long-struggling AA/FD racers to try to put together a circuit here in the Midwest?
Just Wondering… On that same subject, is it time for a DRO Top Fuel Challenge series for Nostalgia Top Fuelers but with engine rules identical to those used by Nostalgia Funny Cars? Is there any doubt that if a Nostalgia Funny Car can run 5.50s at 260 in the quarter mile then a Nostalgia Top Fuel car with the same engine will run as quick or quicker? Frank Ousley has proven that they can. One thing is sure: there are tracks in the Midwest and Southeast that want affordable Nitro shows but can’t get one because there are not enough Nostalgia Funny Cars to go around!
Just Wondering… What if the IHRA were to take their $50,000 event purse and $100,000 points fund and in 2015 split that money between an eight-car Funny Car and eight-car Top Fuel field? One thing IHRA prez Scott Gardner knows is that the more nitro he offers the fans, the more tickets to his Nitro Jams he can sell.
Just Wondering… How can you call a clone of a famous Pro Stocker from the 1970s an NHRA Nostalgia Pro Stocker when it has a 600+ engine under the hood? Isn’t it really a “Nostalgia” IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stocker? Didn’t Bob Glidden, Warren Johnson, Reher-Morrison and Bill Jenkins all race with the IHRA in those days?
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