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I believe that if the races be more affordable, we will see the stands full again. But when you go to NHRA and take the family for two days you will spend about $1,000.00 between t-shirt, food, gas, etc. That's to watch; if you to race, haaa, forget it.
IHRA has done better with the prices, and please, bring back Pro Mod, Pro Stock, TF, not nostalgia. For the young ones, IMPORTS, that's what they like.
Angel A. Ayala-Torres
Pretty sure the reason Roland left was that he was NOT tuning the car, Twig Zeigler was, and Roland didn't like it.
This e-mail is in regards to the below wondering from April 30th (Burk's Blast):
"Am I the only one really concerned about five-year-old children's ability to drive racecars easily capable of crashing at speeds above 70 mph? Do the execs at IHRA and NHRA actually think a kindergartener is capable of making critical, split-second decisions driving a race car at 50-70+ mph? Frankly, the idea scares the hell out of me."
Just to address this, as I have been in the Junior Dragster program as a racer and event director since its inception, the 5 year olds in the NHRA Summit Racing Junior Dragster division are limited to a certain engine (LO206 from Briggs & Stratten) and must run a designated restrictor on the engine/throttle that puts their ET limit to 20.000 in the 1/8th mile. They are also restricted to single passes only at 5 years of age and are not allowed in any competition until they turn 6.
While not 100% on the speed for a 5 year old since none have been at the track yet since the rule change, the two 6-7 year old drivers that have run here have turned speeds of 38-40 mph in cars that are limited to 13.90 in the 1/8 mile. So the above wondering is kind of off base for the age area in regards to the mph listed.
It might still be in your mind not right for kids age 6 to go 38-40 mph on the track, that is your personal decision. However with the equipment needed, along with the required new license runs needed for all new competitors regardless of age (like those in the 9.99 and quicker classes for ET cars) there should be no driver on the track that has not shown their ability to control the car through training and the like.
Just making you aware that no 5-7 year olds with the new age requirements and rules should be anywhere close to the 50-70 mph listed in the wondering.
National Trail Raceway