Wondering after the Labor Day Weekend

Just Wondering… Have the NHRA management team and VP of the tech department, Glen Gray, got the ultra expensive technology race in the nitro classes under control? I would say based on what we are seeing this year in nitro qualifying and race day that they have!  The NHRA tech dept. apparently will no longer approve any new technology for the nitro classes that will obsolete current parts and force race teams to buy expensive new technology.  

At this point  most if not all of the touring pro nitro teams have identical or nearly identical engine and drivetrain components and have either figured out or bought a 3.70/325+ tune-up for the current engine and six-disc clutch combination. The result is that Top Fuel and Funny Car fields often have less than a tenth of a second ET difference between the number-one  qualifier and the number-nine  and usually just four tenths between the number-one qualifier and the number-sixteen,  

Parity has come to the NHRA nitro classes and maybe with it an end to the spiraling cost attached to the classes. I predict that the next major deal in the class will be crew chiefs and drivers figuring out how to consistently cut .020/.030 RT’s.

Just Wondering… Do bracket racers get it that the increased entry fees many see yearly  (often with no increase in the purse) is directly tied to the steadily increasing cost to track operators for track prep personnel,equipment and chemicals? Apparently these days racers at weekly bracket tracks would prefer the track operator spend their entry fee money on track prep instead of bigger purses.

Just Wondering… Now that the nitro classes’ technology issue is apparently under control, will the NHRA tech department turn its attention to the completely out of control technology binge that Pro Stock still suffers from? Pro Stock might be the hardest class to race and the most expensive. One Pro Stock regular told me that in order to keep pace with the quickest and fastest teams he should run a NEW PAIR of Goodyears every lap!

Just Wondering… What do these numbers really mean? In the NHRA’s pro classes at the U.S. Nationals there were only 17 nitro Funny Cars, 21 Pro Stockers, 22 Pro Stock Bikes and 23 Top Fuelers! The largest pro field by 10 entries was Pro Modified with 33! Too bad the NHRA continues to treat PM like poor relations.

Just Wondering… Why make the racers kill themselves for 18 races trying to make the top ten in points and the playoff, and then make them race against teams who have nothing to lose and everything to gain by beating them? Why not take the top 12 in points earner in each pro class and reduce the size of qualified fields for the six Countdown races from sixteen to eight cars? I think we’ll see more and more teams who didn’t make the “playoffs”  skipping some or all of the last six races of the season to save money!

Just Wondering… What exactly is the reason that NHRA and ESPN decline to show any of NHRA’s Pro Mod racing class on the ESPN big broadcast? Who suffers and why if the Pro Mods are shown? There is certainly time in ANY of the qualifying or race shows where they could show Pro Mods instead of showing the same T/F and F/C crashes, explosions and fluff interviews ad nauseum.

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