Volume IX, Issue 6, Page 123

CHASSIS STUFF…AND PAUL PAGE

I usually agree with most of your ideas and rule change suggestions, but on this one we are worlds apart. Here are some thoughts in no special order.

Even if NHRA let them swap chassis would it have not had the exact same results of not one but two different liquid leaks on the starting line resulting in a single? If it was any car other than a Force car, they would have been thrown out of the water for the first huge leak they had.

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If chassis changes are allowed, what stops the teams from bringing 4-5 cars and if they were not happy with the performance or the track and air made drastic changes, just try another one.

If you only allow a change after it bounced off the wall, who determines how hard it needs to bounce?

Hight's team put the fireball tune-up in it that resulted in the bounces off the wall; they knew before hand that you are not allowed to change chassis. If NHRA had any balls at all they would have sent tech people to inspect the chassis before they were allowed to even attempt repairs after an impact and fire like that.

I like Garlits idea of 1 chassis and 1 block for eliminations. It may create a few singles at first, but there would be a lot more side-by-side runs.

From an entertainment standpoint, should they also change the rule to a 75 minute turnaround or whenever everyone is ready so there are no singles?

If it happened to ANY other team, would that team owner be given the air time Force got to cry and whine about it? I am glad Mike Dunn had the balls to disagree with Force.

And one other unrelated thing: Paul Page has to go! He might be the best guy in the world but he ABSOLUTELY SUCKS as a drag racing announcer.

Thanx for listening.

Al Zoeller

OLD BUSINESS

As usual, I enjoyed (Burk’s) "Just Wondering" editorial, and this chance to offer my meager two-cents worth of opinion.

Yes, the NHRA-haters continually harp on negatives - but rarely comment when the Glendora folks do something "right." And yes, human beings certainly love to bitch about something...anything.

NHRA and rival IHRA have many faults that should be addressed and changed. However, we should never forget that both provide the safest and most legitimate venues for racers to compete, and the exposure that makes drag racing sponsors happy.

I do remain disappointed that IHRA has never found a way to truly "step up" and become a viable, strong competitor with NHRA. Many of us thought that Bill Bader's time at the helm would do it, and that the Clear Channel money and media influence could make it happen. Unfortunately, IHRA seems stuck in the same neutral gear, but at least we have the "Plan B" that IHRA offers.

There was a time when drag racers were at the mercy of fast-buck promoters who often snuck out with purse money or wrote bogus checks to winners. These same promoters typically failed to provide even minimal safety measures for drivers and spectators. With all their faults, NHRA and IHRA have thankfully taken away much of the danger and unscrupulousness and made drag racing a respectable, legal activity.

Jim Hill Sr.
Port Orange, FL

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