Family Software Newsletter - February 18, 2000

-- Electronics and Cheating, Part 2 --
In 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)
Appl. 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 Racing --
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 not survive.

-- Lower Prices and a Toll Free Order Line --
We've lowered a lot of our prices in order to remain competitive. For example, RaceLog Pro is now just $129.95. It is by far the best software in it's category and now we've lowered the price to make it more affordable. We don't want you wasting your money on some of the poor quality software that is out there, just because it is cheaper. Now, you don't have an excuse!

New Digital Altimeter/Barometer - We also have in stock, the best electronic altimeter that I have ever seen. It has a resolution of just one (1) foot. We had previously sold a unit that had a resolution of three (3) feet and we thought that was good! The new unit is just $149.95. You just can't beat that!

-- Secure Ordering --
You can safely order directly from our web site. All of your information is handled on our Secure Server. We have established a privacy policy and it is posted on the web site. Our company has now been registered with the PublicEye. You can check our ratings by clicking on the PublicEye link on our Home Page or Order Form.

If you have questions or topics that you would like to see covered in this newsletter, please Email them to me. Or, start a new topic on the bulletin board located on our web site. I'll be glad to join in.

Bob Kodadek
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Family Software - Drag Racing Computers and Software - 610.497.5561(Voice/Fax)

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