At their core, NHRA Full Throttle Series national events are entertainment.
Thus, to improve the quality of their races for the fans, the sanctioning body announced Wednesday it is implementing stiffer penalties to reduce lengthy downtime because of oildowns and improve track preparation.
In 2011, when Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers oildown the track, they will be subject to fines and championship point deductions.
For its part, the NHRA is increasing its track prep and oildown clean-up capabilities by adding additional equipment to the Safety Safari, including a second drag tractor.
Lee Beard, a championship crew chief and team manager, applauded the NHRA for taking action. Beard is returning to his familiar role as a crew chief in 2011 as the wrench boss for the new Funny Car team with driver Johnny Gray at Don Schumacher Racing. Beard also will remain in his position as DSR’s team manager.