Software Newsletter #15 - June 28, 2001
1. Opinion - Are NHRA Sportsman Events Really Worth It?
2. New! High
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5. Most Accurate Digital Altimeter
-- Opinion - Are NHRA Sportsman Events Really Worth It? --
'chasing' the NHRA Divisional and National Events for many years now. Maybe, because
I am getting older, I feel more and more, that it really isn't worth it any more.
Especially, in the Super Comp category. There are many reasons for these feelings.
We spend a great deal of time and money pursuing these events, much more
than a bracket racing effort. In fact, the entry fees, gasoline, accommodations,
food, racing fuel, etc., can easily surpass $1000.00 to $2000.00 or more, for
just one (1) of these events. Not to mention the initial expense of $100,000.00
to $200,000.00 for the race car, trailer, and motor home/truck. What do we get
for our expense and efforts?
We get terrible pit facilities, like the
one I had in Columbus, out in a pasture, where I couldn't get my car out of the
trailer without dragging the body and frame rails on the rocks and stones they
call a pit road. The only dragster pitted with nothing else but 'door cars' with
plenty of ground clearance. I complained to no avail. And, I was not permitted
to move. There wasn't supposed to be any room left where all the other Super Comp
Cars were pitted, but I went down on my scooter and found plenty of open area.
It doesn't matter what you have in your trailer, "you'll go where we put you."
Maybe we should have racers parking us. That could make a difference. Did I forget
to mention that I arrived on Tuesday, a day ahead of time? I was one of the first
cars to go through tech at the mall, though when I arrived at the track, there
was no room left! Amazing, isn't it? Favoritism, nah. Really!
ARE cry babies! But, we have plenty of reason to be crying, believe me! The tracks
are never prepped when we get there. The burn out area is loaded with weeks of
Friday night street rubber. We are the track cleaners, until the Alcohol cars
run. Then things change quickly. The track is scraped and sprayed and then we
have to dial our cars within a thousandth of a second on entirely different track
conditions for the first round of elimination's. Pretty wild, huh?
at the National events, NHRA decides which lane we are to run in and whom we are
to run against. It doesn't appear to matter to them that there are lane differences.
Some tracks have lanes so bad that the solid cars bounce all the way down the
track. Why should NHRA decide whether we are to win or lose in the first round?
Just tell me that! It is totally absurd. When anyone is deciding who is going
to run whom, and in which lane, that is NOT a random pairing. We racers are better
able to manage ourselves than NHRA could ever hope to. When half the racers want
the right lane and the other half want the left lane, why not leave them alone?
Or at the very least, a coin toss should decide. The current system simply sucks!
There is no other way to describe it from a racer's viewpoint! Not to mention,
that we all have to suit up at once and sit in our cars sweating our asses off,
waiting to run. Because we never know when they will point at you and it's your
turn to run in the lane you didn't want.
The Auto Start system was a
move in the right direction. But, what has happened? Someone is not paying attention
to the correct setup for the different Auto Start settings. I keep getting five
(5) second trees on Auto Start and it is supposed to be two (2) seconds. How do
you handle a five (5) second tree when you practice a zillion times on a two (2)
second start. You don't. You lose, period! So, who is responsible for putting
in the Auto Start delay? And why are there different settings for different classes,
it is lame. If the default setting was the same for ALL classes (which makes perfect
sense), no one could screw up. So, there is no sense to using Auto Start, if human
error can still enter into it. Auto Start should work on its own. No human element
should intervene. As a computer programmer, I know that this can and should be
done, if we are going to continue to use Auto Start.
are totally out of hand. Illegal devices, by NHRA's own definition, abound. Yet,
nothing is done. Now, NHRA believes that possibly MORE electronics would be a
good thing. The subject of 'progressive' throttle stops has been voiced. Wonderful!
Another computer controlled device. Once again, the manufacturers are making the
rules. My opinion? Get rid of ALL the electronics and go back to REAL racing where
the driver makes the difference in the outcome of each and every race.
I can understand that changes to the schedule are necessary. But, should one class
be skipped over entirely? Not, in my opinion. We are all equal in my book. No
class is better than another. How would you like to get up at 6:30 AM because
you are scheduled to run that morning only to end up running first round at 5:00
PM. At a divisional race, the only spectators in the stands are racers. To screw
over a hundred racers for twenty or so walk in spectators is just crazy. Second
round at 7:00 PM? I don't know about you, but after 13 hours, it is almost past
my bed time!
What ever happened to the 'New NHRA?' The NHRA that had
come to realize that we ARE the backbone of the sport. That the Sportsman racer
IS the show, that WE pay the bills, and therefore deserve equal and fair treatment.
Got me. I can't figure it out.
Now, there is an idea that each and every
Comp car should have their own personal index! Gee, guys, I think they call that
Bracket Racing! Super Stock and Stock are already ET bracket cars. Maybe it could
simplify things if we had just Fuel Cars and Bracket Cars! And, nothing against
the 'big boys.' But, how many trophies do you think John Force would have if he
had to win seven (7), eight (8), or nine (9) rounds to get one? Just imagine how
many wins each of us would have, if there were only four (4) rounds of competition?
The Fuel guys have money coming out of their ass. Let's have them pay the Super
classes to qualify! Oh, I suppose that would be unreasonable.
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