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UP FRONT - TWO SUBJECTS THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED

7-23-07asherupfront.jpgCan we finally address some difficult subjects that the NHRA hierarchy
would not only prefer we didn’t discuss, but would like us to ignore
completely?

I’m not wondering about anything. I know these are subjects that
we can no longer pretend aren’t impacting NHRA in a potentially
damaging manner. Well, in all candor, these subjects probably aren’t
bothering NHRA in the slightest. Rather, they’re “bothering” the
competitors sharp enough to pay attention and alas, the sanctioning
organization can no longer count on a racer’s need for speed to blind
him or her to the fiscal realities of major league
motorsports. Competing at the top level of drag racing demands a
monstrous expenditure of dollars, and anything that doesn’t produce
positive results for the sport has the potential of actually holding
investment in drag racing back.

In the last year or so more and more competitors have been outspoken in
their total disdain for series sponsor POWERade. Those same competitors
wistfully recall the 27 years that Winston sponsored the series, and
long not necessarily for the return of a tobacco sponsor (obviously not
happening), but for any series sponsor who would show the kind of support for NHRA drag racing that Winston did.

PRAYING TO WIN by Ken Owen

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It’s a common sight
in the staging lanes of most Drag Racing Series events - involving both
professional and sportsman racers. On a growing basis there are Racers For
Christ chaplains taking time to pray with various drivers and teams prior to
their qualifying and elimination runs on the track. And it is a privilege that
we take seriously, as we consider it an honor to pray for racers at many of the
1,200 events per year that our RFC chaplains cover throughout the spectrum of
motorsports.

With this
opportunity, however, comes the necessity to teach racers how to pray properly.
Give any racer or competitor any wish he or she desires and chances are that
the number one response will be … a win
If you have a competitive nature, your drive to be successful will
usually be measured by your ability to win – whether it’s a pass down the track
or a best appearing award.  It’s
everyone’s desire to be a winner.

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