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It Could Be Worse

guess I’m a little cranky here in Denver.  Even though today the outside temp is in the 70’s and the south has snow and freezing rain, drag racing lost a friend in the media in the form of the Rocky Mountain News.  I doubt there were many, if any cities where a national event got the front page coverage that the “Rocky” gave the Mile High Nationals.  NOT the sports page front cover, the front page of the paper!

Then we have our beloved Broncos acting like donkeys and… oh anyway, now that I’m starting to compile the 2009 stats and looking at the Pomona results, I’m getting crankier.  What a qualifying statistical mess!  The top two qualifiers in Top Fuel and the top three in Funny Car have a top speed of… wait for it… 0 mph.  That’s zeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooo, for you fans keeping score at home. 

I know, the weather was horrible, and during the one qualifying pass of the event, the timing didn’t work in the left lane.

So, I’ve decide to give you the five statistically worst events in my books.  I’m not talking about who or what cars were at an event, or whether this that or the other thing happened; this is purely my perspective as a drag racing statistician about what events I think were terrible, since I started been doing this in 1987.  In reality, the weather has messed up the stats on most of my top five list, but we all know what Mark Twain said about the weather: “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.”

Since 1987, there have been 32 unique events/locations/times.  Pomona has two events and, in 2001, had a mid-year event as well… that counts as three.  Top Fuel has had 169 unique qualifying drivers, and Funny Car has had 140.  Here is my list, starting with #5…

#5: Pomona I 2009: Read the reasons above.

#4: Top Fuel E-town, 2000: This is the event that got postponed from May to September due to bad weather. There were only fifteen cars, and the bottom half of the field qualifying numbers were not good.


1

DIXON

4.644

311.7

2

AMATO

4.68

304.53

3

GRUBNIC

4.691

298.4

4

SCHUMACHER

4.693

320.36

5

HERBERT

4.7

292.46

6

MCCLENATHAN

4.715

290.32

7

SCELZI

4.797

256.65

8

SMITH, S

5.218

272.94

9

BAILEY, J

9.375

146.15

10

BERNSTEIN, K

10.985

88.68

11

HARTMAN

11.572

75.44

12

KALITTA, D

13.36

79.05

13

LAMPUS

16.303

42.29

14

PUSTARI

18.387

44.91

15

LAGANA

22.983

51.08

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