The Drag Racing
World From My Point of View
have been on the computer a lot in recent weeks
due to my job, and I seem to get on the Internet
more than I used to. The one thing I have noticed
is that there are a lot of "personal attacks"
on racing bulletin boards, chat rooms, etc.
I just wanted to remind everyone to "take it
easy" on these forms of communication. It is
not a personal phone call and millions of people
could read them and treat the accusations as
facts because the facts are just not there.
I speak from experience on this and I will
dig into it a little and let you see what I
mean. On a forum/bulletin board for a certain
drag strip that I used to own, a series of posts
and comments got pretty ugly. It boiled down
to about the last 10 posts that got me to think
about writing this column. There was a person
posting that accused everyone in the No Box
class of being cheaters. His own words were
we were using "clicker buttons," delay boxes
in door panels, etc. He owns a car that runs
in Top (delay boxes OK). At first his posts
were sort of funny, but then he began naming
the cheaters. He singled me out as not only
a cheater but also the worst cheater among them
and also that I had been banned from racing
with NHRA. Once he started using my name I felt
obligated to respond to the lies. Well, the
results were just a bunch of "wasted activity
in hyper-space". Nothing could be accomplished,
so finally the owner of the site deleted the
This is where it got interesting. I got six
phone calls and 11 e-mails from racing friends
around the country wanting to know "when and
where I got caught cheating and when NHRA banned
me from racing?" I returned all the calls and
e-mails and explained that I have never cheated
and NHRA has never banned me from anything (except
winning one of their Wally's yet ;-)). I did
go through an electronic inspection with three
other racers in Super Comp at the Topeka Nationals
in May 2003. Everything was OK. I have raced
every year for the last 20 plus years at NHRA
and IHRA tracks and have never had a problem
with either sanctioning body. How many other
people now think I was caught cheating and banned
from NHRA? Nobody knows for sure. I know who
stated it for the world to read and I will handle
that in my own way. I am just asking everyone
to be sure about what they post on the Internet
because if it is false and personally harmful
to someone, legal prosecution is something you
may be facing for slandering someone's character.
That's my Internet etiquette class and I will
leave it at that. I can't imagine what the "dirty
dozen" from a couple years ago have gone through.
sponsor Quick 8 events:
We are close to finishing up a deal to sponsor
a series of three or four Quick 8 races at Cedar
Falls Raceway. They have not had anything like
this at the track for about seven years. Jeff
Burk wants it to attract the fastest cars in
the area and see if some additional fans will
come out and watch all of the racing. The races
will be on the 1/8 mile on Saturday nights and
should be a good time. I am trying to get Jeff
to turn loose with some of the super rare DragRacingOnline.com
caps and shirts for qualifiers and hardest of
all, I am going to pry open that old wallet
and get some cash for the Quick 8 racers.
The bracket-racing season is
upon us ... what will change?
What will be the new trends
in bracket racing for 2004?
- Have the dragsters just about maxed-out
how fast they can go and still be consistent?
- Will more Jr. Dragster drivers make the
transition to "big car" bracket racing or
will most of them want to go National event
- Will local tracks continue to see the biggest
growth in the No Box classes?
- What about the "Street Drags"? Are they
growing in your area? How are the local bracket
racers taking that?
- Besides the successful Big Bucks events,
what are the purses doing in your area?
- What about buy-backs? Are they growing
in your area or starting to die-out?
Let me know what is going on in your area of
the country. I would like to hear from you about
track rules, payouts, special events, etc. If
you know someone at the track you race at, we
would like to get his or her results as well.
We know the bracket racers and sportsman racers
make up the biggest segment of our readers.
We want to put the stuff you want to see in
this magazine. To do a good job we need information
from our readers. Next month I hope we can have
either a web site to send results and info to
or a fax number for the tracks to send results
in to. I'll keep you posted on that in the upcoming
weeks. If you have a Big Bucks race for either
Box or No Box cars send us the information and
we get it listed in our "Upcoming Bracket Events"
section I am trying to get Jeff to put together.
**I will be updating "Project
4-Link" and "Back-2-Basics" in a couple of
weeks. I am leaving tomorrow to attend my
youngest son's wedding in Las Vegas and I
have not had time to do a good job on the
updates for the two Project Cars. The engine
is about ready for assembly on "Project 4-Link"
and we have a brake and safety feature on
"Back-2-Basics" coming soon.
Be safe and we will see you at the races ...
was wrong...real 'Professional Sportsman'
racers do exist."