Software Newsletter - February 18, 2000
-- Electronics and Cheating, Part 2 --
the last newsletter, we discussed electronics and cheating. I forwarded the newsletter
to the Competition Departments at NHRA and IHRA and to NHRA Division 1. There
wasn't any response and none was expected. If you want to save Sportsman drag
racing, it is all up to YOU. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." If you don't
yell loud enough, nothing is going to happen. In the article, there was a reference
to a US Patent for a drag racing electronic cheating device, called Drag Race
Analyzer. The patent was awarded to:
Inventors: Matty; Richard D. (xxxxx Xxxxxx Rd., Marshallville, OH xxxxx)
No.: 356845 Filed: May 25, 1989
Yesterday, I happened to be reading
an article in the December 30, 1999 issue of Drag News Magazine beginning on page
22 as follows:
"Beech Bend's Tenn-Tuck series fought rain through part
of the final weekend in October, but they managed to get the entire event completed
with the help and cooperation of the racers."
"In Friday's Second Chance
event, RICH MATTY, MARSHALLVILLE, OH, got the win. His 99 Adkins dragster ran
6.578 at 104.65 mph (.505 RT)."
Sunday's "Second Chance was won by RICH
MATTY, MARSHALLVILLE, OH, once again. His 99 Adkins dragster went 6.547 at 104.65
mph (.516 RT)."
Coincidence? Who Knows? But, extremely interesting to
say the least! I'm only reporting the facts. I'm not saying that ANYONE in particular
is cheating. It is not for me to say. But, give me 10 minutes to examine anyone's
car, and I'll tell you for sure.
If we allow the manufacturers to continue
to sell delay boxes that are no longer timers, but computers which are collecting
RPM data and controlling all the functions on the race car, we have a major problem.
Because the sanctioning bodies are allowing these devices to be sold and installed
on the car, they are then legal. HOW ARE WE TO KNOW WHAT IS REALLY INSIDE THE
BOX? Think about it folks. You are allowed to have a box with a computer inside
of it that moniters RPM and TIME, and then controls the ignition timing, the shifter,
the throttle stop, the trans brake solenoid, a 2-Step, and who knows what else.
You don't have to be a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist to figure this out.
NHRA and IHRA have to BAN these delay boxes and digital tachometers, or
our sport is doomed. NHRA and IHRA, pay attention! This is a MAJOR problem for
the Sportsman racer.
-- Family Software cares about Sportsman
You can rest assured, that all of Family Software's products
are designed and built to be perfectly legal in all sanctioning bodies. We are
sportsman racers, just like you, and spend our hard earned dollars to do it. We
don't want our sport to die. I would suggest that you take the time to write or
email to your sanctioning body about your displeasure with the cheating that is
being permitted in our sport. We are the backbone! Without us, drag racing can
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