Is 32 hours of downtime really that bad considering how many events they hold a year ? , and if that fact includes all of qualifying and eliminations it doesn't seem to bad . It's about 1.5 hrs per event . As soon as the NHRA wraps up their R&D on the new nitro combination I am sure the oil downs and cost of racing will drop dramatically , LOL !.
x2 on Tom's comment. For me, it is likely the last straw and I won't race any national events this year. It's not that I think I am likely to oil down, it's the principle of throwing more fees at the Sportsman racers who are paying much of NHRA's revenue.
Why does Ron Capps always have to play the blame game? The "I won't mention names" comment......if they want to improve the "entertainment package", they need to stop pointing the cameras at him whenever he loses. Nobody wants to see a grown man pout.
Cleaning up Oil Downs is part of racing, why would a sanctioning body charge the racer for something that is in most conditions out of their control, petal to the metal, all out racing = broken parts. As long as can remember cars have been blowing up, in my opinion, they need to get over it.....
LV2 qualifying was a oildown nightmare. One session in particular was close to 7 hours long. That is what really brought about this change. For PS Car and PS Bike this almost means nothing as they rarely put anything down. For the Nitro racer though, this may be what decides a championship or possibly running at all. NHRA has told a few competitors to take a little time off for their outstanding capabilities of spraying crude.
Anybody who doesn't understand this, or says this is only about TV was not at Vegas II this past fall. It was a frigging nightmare. Two pairs, oildown, three pairs, oildown, rinse and repeat. Each one took 30-45 minutes to clean up. Rounds of a single class took hours. All weekend long. I'd rather have had a colonoscopy. I'm sure there were thousands of first-time fans who said "never again".
Its bad enough that racers have to repair thier parts breakage now they have to pay for speedy dry? not to mention the tv show is crap, they can fit thier 2 plus hours into a 30 min. show, show us the laps and get rid of all the personal interview crap. who cares where dixon and his wife went on vacation:smt102
Great move, dial these bombs back a bit and quit shedding parts, maybe more will get down the track too. Fuelers starting to look like skinny tire cars with big turbos, no two ever get down the track under power! oops.
Plus, I spectate two or three national events a year and at seven bucks a pop the beer bill for these prolonged days just kills the wallet.