Hey, there's more to Drag Racing than the Nitro cars. Let me tell you
what I enjoy about IHRA style Drag Racing.
1. The low buck guys n gals fighting the good fight in Funny Car.
Walking through the pits my son Dave has been invited to lunch with Mark Thomas,
sat in 3 separate FCs and had great conversations with about 1/2 dozen
other drivers/ crew. Not unusual to have 20+ cars trying to get in.
2. Pro Mod, Great controversy along with super quick and very wild
racing, not to mention pretty competitive. The NHRA sure has jumped on the
3. Nitro Harleys, these babies just flat haul the bacon and slowly but
surely, a competitive program is building.
4. Mountain Motor Pro Stocks, watch the way these things twist up for
the first 100 feet or so, also pretty competitive fields.
5. Top Dragster and Top Sportsman, maybe it's the old bracket racer in
me but when I see doorslammers with 6.5-second dial-ins and dragsters with
6.2 seconds on the board I freak! This is Bracket racing Xtreme and I love
6. Just the general laid back atmosphere at the IHRA events appeals to
OK, the IHRA Top Fuel program is in trouble; we all can see it, as can
Bader. If he doesn't do something soon it will die which would be sad
because the sport needs a place where low buck nitro racers can qualify
and earn a buck. But in my opinion, for the money you pay for admission
the IHRA show is worth every dime. If all you like are Nitro cars, skip
the IHRA and save your money for the NHRA price of admission. For me there
is more to Drag Racing then Nitro burners.
As for TV, don't even get me started ... Drag Racing does not belong on
TV; it's a participatory sport, even for the spectators. Drag Racing on TV
is less than 1/10th the experience of being there. I could give a damn about
either sanctioning body's freakin' TV package!