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Nitro? Who Cares?
I hope you do not mind my e-mails but you bring my thoughts out when
I read your article and have solved a puzzle that is plaguing our sport
and auto racing in general.
Is NITRO itself the draw to our sport? i think for the time being it
I reflected on my own experiences and have come to some conclussions.
The Goodguys nostalgia events are thriving with new cars and huge
audiences ever growing, year after year.
I asked myself why, why do i enjoy those races, what is the draw for
me? and why at nhra events do the stands virtualy empty after the fuel
classes? Is it the speeds we go to see? will the 85% rule or lower
effect the fuel classes because of the decrease in speed? What fans,
nearly all, want to see is good heads up racing and cars, different
cars, cars that stand out and cause the wheels in our head to spin and
fantasize, reflections on a car we might have owned in the past that
resembles the ones we are watching, and innovation, maybe a weird two
motor contraption that flys down the 1320 with grace and an impinging
hell all at the same time.
Our sport is ridding itself (in the fuel classes) of that innovation
that got us where we are today, IRL is the same way, basically kit cars
that are all the same, Nascar, the exact same, all cars are the same,
and now fuel cars wheather it is top fuel, or funny car they are all
basically the same. We need to focus on this problem create differences,
allow innovation, bring out the t.v. tommy ivo's or the "BIG
DADDY" in all the fuel classes and the fan base will expand!
At this pace where will we go? Even at bonneville the shapes designs
sizes etc. are all different, yet are safe(as safe as our sport can
guarantee) and fit under the guidlines of the sanctioning body. PS
trucks were cool for a bit because they were different, Pro Mod is hot
because they are different and each car has a character of it's own. We
need to create rules that allow innovation and different approaches to
the same body of rules.
Change is good and maybe we can look at our past, and our present
nostalgia or pro mod classes and learn why the fans are so hooked, after
all without the fans there would be no NHRA and without innovation there
would be no drag racing.- Ken Becker
First, I again want to thank you for your coverage of my accident in
The rear end assembly of my car was inspected last week and there
were no broken parts. There was some question that my accident was due
to a broken axle however this was not the case. As I use Mark Williams
axles, spool, drive shaft, yolks, etc., I didn't expect to find anything
broken. Mark makes a great product.
The car is being repaired (at a cost of about $17,500) and should be
ready for late August. I am planning to finish the season with a grade 5
so I have a lot of racing to do. I am also planning to compete in the
Keystone Nationals in Reading, PA and the NHRA event in Joliet, both in
September. I may even compete at the finals in California, if my wife
doesn't divorce me first.
And, thanks to your coverage, I believe the track will be a safer as
they changed the Poweraid sign's construction.
If you are ever at one of these events, please stop by and say hello.
I owe you, at least, a thank you and a beer. You are one of those people
that I will always respect for your concern for the individual racer.
Take care and thank you for being there for me and my family.-
I am late to your mag., and got interested in some of your past
offerings in the archives, namely "Drag Racing 101," "Carbs
101," and "Classic Muscle Car Performance "Off the
I thought that I was kayoed in my downloading procedure whe I no longer
found your archives on your site. I was much relieved when I pulled up
your site tonight, and found the archives lead was back. My only problem
now is, how do you address it? I started to bring up past issues, but
don't get any results.
If you could either fix this, or tell me how to successfully address
this, I would be in your debt, as I am close to retirement, and I plan
to go back to drag racing again. I need the help, as the technology has
changed, and since I quit during the days of class racing, even the
method of racing has changed.
Also, I like your magazine. I am an old Super Stock and Drag Illustrated
guy, and we know that is shot to hell, and your mag fills in very well. -
Kurt J. Boubong
Kurt, we must apologize but
technical malfunctions created a problem with our archives. The problem
should be fixed. The archives can be accessed at the bottom left hand of
the cover. - Editor
I was on vacation this weekend and didn't get to watch the qualifying
show and only about half of the finals show so I don't really understand
what happened to Dale Pulde. Let's see if I've got this right, Dale
Pulde qualified on E.T. and was in the show, but someone protested that
he hadn't met the speed requirement for recert on his license so he was
Do you get the feeling the tail is wagging the dog at NHRA sometimes? I
love racing with them (IHRA too), but sometimes they make some really
difficult to understand decisions. I was under the impression that a
driver in the pro classes had to make a specific number of single passes
in order to upgrade or recertify their license and that if they chose to
do this at a National event they (the runs) didn't count towards
qualifying. I'll have to look at the rule book. I really enjoy your
website and read it daily. As a sportsman racer I appreciate your
diversity in coverage of sportsman and pros as well as other forms of
drag racing. Keep up the good work. - Ray Gottry
Garlits Done Good
Great interview with Don Garlits. If only people would have listened
to him years ago, who knows what T/F would be today. He has always been
the man and in my eye's he always will! Once again, great interview. -
Staging Steve LeTempt
I just read your article about being different in competition
eliminator, and I am a fan of both Frank Aragona and Michele Costa - it
is good to see thatthey are willing to try engines other than chevy's
which have dominated the field for so many years. It shows that bigger
is not always better. The engines and cars are not the run of the mill
it takes hard work and great minds and many many hours to put them
together. - Lore A.
What's Up with SUPER CHEVY?
Is super chevy alive??? I have been going to there shows for a long
I've been to three this year. Lets see. Is the midway full???? they were
not at INDY and have been going down each year for the last couple of
years. and a big way this year. Turn out at the Show are also down, and
was the swap meet end of the show. It was the same at Martin, MI., and
Norwalk, Ohio. To me that was the better show. Now if you have less cars
in the class there all put in to one. Leaving the little guy out in the
At Martin , Mich. they cut 2/3 of the class. So lets look at it now
1.) price up and no early registration
2.) 2/3 less trophy at some shows.
3.) Less midway venders.
4.) smaller show
5.) grab bags you can keep. Three pieces of paper
and a Dashboard sticker. or better they can keep it.
6.) and a fine shirt in place of a nice jacket.
7.) No sponsors are down all so.
So lets see are they up for sale or going under ???????? Don't know
I have enjoyed the shows and the cars and parts. Vendors were good. I
hope they relook at it and make it better like before. or sll it to some
would. - D. Theodore
Loved the NASCAR Drag Racing
I love your website. I was happy to see the NASCAR and drag racing
story. i have old original fliers from Motor City Dragway in Michigan
and alot of the races there were sanctioned by NASCAR. Most of them are
from mid 60's. Keep up the good work. - Rick Rzepka
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