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The latest update as of July 26, 1998
As always, lots of news to report, and as usual not enough time to do it. So I'll give you the headlines now, and fill in the details tomorrow.
Tonight, we've (myself and crewchief Tom Mohan) got to help Jay Syvertsen prepare his MOPAC Auto Supply blown alcohol 67 Nova doorslammer to run at Mission Raceway tomorrow.Now for the headlines:
The following is the complete text of an e-mail sent to me earlier this week by NHRA's Division Six Director, Chris Blair.
I just wanted to let you know that I just got back from Las Vegas where the 30 people who sit on the rules committees all get together to, contrary to popular belief, try to make things better for everyone.
The dominant focal point of our meeting was " What can we do to save Federal Mogul Dragster and Funny Car?"
We dedicated days and hours to finding both short term and long term solutions for this class. Everyone there realizes that there are more racers who are in your situation than the unlimited budget teams. We see the problems, we realize that something must be done and it will happen.
The situation that we are in is that we want to make things better so that more racers can move to that level. We can't do it overnight so we have to look at laying out our long term plans as to where we want to go and by what date things must be in place. We also need to look at what small steps can be made so that 1999 is better than 1998, 2000 is better than 1999 and so on.
We developed several possiblities and we are going to start fielding responses from racers like yourself. We will then meet again at Indy for the U.S. Nationals to see what the next step will be and how soon we can do it.
Your arguments and commentaries don't fall on deaf ears. I encourage you to give me your opinions and ideas in writing so that I can copy it to the other members of our group so that we can see what is out there. I also ask that every other racer out there do the same thing.
Obviously we can't do everything that everyone asks. However, we can look at our racers opinions and look for the common thread that runs through everyone and see if those solutions can be made.
Just to let you know, those in attendance in Las Vegas included:
I appreciate comments and suggestions.Chris Blair
NHRA Division Director
What can I say? I did receive a response, it sounds like NHRA realizes that there is a major problem with the class, but in the end what can be done to save/rectify the situation? I don't pretend to have the answers, but instead of sitting here whining about it, I'm going to take him up on his offer and give him my comments and suggestions about what can be done. Rest assured that you'll see them in "What's New" at the same time they are sent to Mr. Blair. Stay tuned, I promise it will be interesting!
For more comments from the Division Director, pertaining to the future of the Super Comp, Gas, Street classes, visit Larry Pfister's Horsepower Heaven The Site 3.
Despite the "carnage" reports from Sears Point, there are enough cars left to stage the Autolite Nationals tomorrow, so be sure to visit our Results Menu for all the results. In fact, we have already posted the final qualifying results from the event. The numbers aren't earth shattering, but as usual for this race, the hot weather takes its toll on the track and the cars. Remember, as always, more news as it happens.