Realistically speaking, if you were presented with a fresh slate to build a drag racing series from, and an ala carte menu of classes to assemble, what would a drag racing series under your watch look like?
The NHRA’s television ratings on the ESPN networks have fallen for the third consecutive year, prompting discussions of what is to blame: the network selection or the very core of NHRA drag racing as a whole.
One can easily argue that numbers — all-time records and performance barriers — are more exciting, have more appeal, than the side-by-side racing itself. What do you think?
Back in February we made our unscientific picks for the 2013 NHRA Championships, and with the season now complete, we get the final grade our our selections.
With another season of drag racing largely in the rearview mirror, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look back at some of the top stories of the season.
Tell us how YOU got introduced to drag racing. When was it? What track? What are some of your earliest memories of the sport?
Have questions about titanium valves or the latest in valve coatings? Check out our talk with Zeke Urrutia of Ferrea Racing Components to get the answers in the latest TECH5 column.
While there’s no denying that passion runs deep from top to bottom in our sport, there’s no place that it’s more evident than in the grass roots levels of racing, at the local eighth-miles situated off the beaten path, where there’s little fanfare or recognition, but where racing in its purist form can be found.
We want to hear it: if you could attend any one event, hosted by any promoter or racing organization, what would it be? The NHRA? The ADRL or X-DRL, or perhaps the NMCA and NMRA? Or maybe the one-off races like No Mercy, The Yellow Bullet Nationals, or the Street Car Super Nationals?
The Discovery Channels’ new car-themed television program, Street Outlaws, which centers around the world of illegal street racing in the Oklahoma City area, delivers a message that’s great for ratings, but bad for drag racing. Here’s our take…whats yours?
We want to hear your thoughts and opinions: is Pro Stock dying? Are the 500-inch motors and carburetors well beyond their time? Do you think wholesale changes are needed to make it popular again, and if so, what would you suggest? Would you just as soon see it disappear in favor of Pro Modified?
Keeping up with the fast-changing developments in piston design can be challenging for the engine builder. Trey McFarland of Mahle Motorsports answers questions about topics like piston speed, coatings and materials.
The competing ADRL and X-DRL outlaw doorslammer series recently went head-to-head on the same weekend for the first time, and while the two have played relatively nice thus far, it will be interesting to see if they can keep the political shenanigans that rocked open wheel racing out of the picture.
Our great sport can often be one of great divide between new racers and seasoned racers, young racers and old. We seem to be inept at accepting change, and egos and elitist attitudes prevail, cutting a chasm between those entering the sport and those that have been around the block. And what good does it do? None.
The concept of ride-buying has been an unpopular one with fans of auto racing, but it really represents a bigger problem in this industry that centers around the very economics of competing.
Passion is a defining and unifying trait that runs deep in the NHRA sportsman drag racing ranks, and it’s the glue that’s held this backbone of the world’s preeminent drag racing series together for decades, but at what point does indignity trump passion?
Five years into the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship era, it’s fair to say we just witnessed one of the most incredible endings to a season of drag racing ever. Perhaps THE greatest.
There’s a new heads-up doorslammer series on the horizon headed by former members of the ADRL management staff, with a proposed four-race schedule that promises a focus on entertainment. It’s the next chapter in the story, and given a peaceful coexistence, it’s a great thing for drag racing.
As the world we live in has reshaped our minds and our priorities, a significant change in how all of us, and our nation’s youth in particular, perceive and value the automobile, and this has an effect that trickles down to the automotive aftermarket and the racing industry.
The Olympics are a great chance for us all to cheer for team USA every four years but how much better would it be if motorsports were included. Contributor Chris McWilliams debates the idea of including Motorsports in the Olympics.