few years ago, while contracting work for the
not-for-profit organization on the West Coast,
I had a conversation with someone way up (and
I mean Way Up) on the decision-making chain.
Given my station within the organization, this
wasnt something that happened with any
sort of regularity, so it definitely captured
my attention. The topic? Top Stock. I was (and
still am) very much on the Top Stock bandwagon.
Aside from the obligatory small talk, the fundamental
question presented to me was this: Is
it really necessary to have such a category?
My response was pretty clear: Do it as
fast as you can. Truthfully, fast
isnt in the vocabulary of most bureaucracies
(and the Glendora bunch is no exception). I
didnt think much more of it.
Turn the pages forward to today, and guess
what? Top Stock appears at the reborn Sportsnationals,
and is now a regular fixture in NHRA Division
One National Opens. The progress
might be slow, but at least its progress.
Whats intriguing to me though, is the
rules structure used by Division One:
- A. NHRA A, B, C, class Stock Cars
- B. 8.25 lb. weight break + 170 lbs. for
- C. NO FUEL INJECTED CARS
- D. .500 Pro Tree will be utilized
- A. NHRA STOCK ELIMINATOR rules and guidelines
will be enforced.
- B. The ONLY modification allowed will be
the removal of the front passenger seat to
make minimum weight.
- A. All cars must be entered in the open
race to be eligible to race Top Stock.
- B. After the entrants complete their initial
qualifying for the open race, they will be
given a time run using the .500 Pro Tree.
- C. First round will be random pairing, a
ladder will be generated for all other rounds.
- D. A turnaround time will be instituted
based on time restraints of the track.
- E. Random fuel and weight checks will be
- A. Initial entry fee will be $50.00
- A. Horsepower is based on the NHRA factor.