seriously, where is the parody? Is NHRA paying attention to the stellar numbers being put up by A/Fuelers? Will there be rule changes after this year? Are they waiting for an A/Fuel car to win a championship? I think every A/fuel combo in the country frequents the low 30’s and dips into the .20’s. Meanwhile back at the ranch, there are only 4 blown cars in the country that can accomplish the same. Is NHRA paying attention that by trying to keep cost down they are driving them up? The Alcohol funny car and Dragster engines are going to be useless in the near future as manufacturers gear up to make more and more 4.9 bore space Hemi’s for promod and “outlaw” stuff. You used to be able to sell your old Alky stuff to the Promod crowd or possibly but one from them. Switch gears and the promod boys and gals can no longer keep up while running the traditional 4.8 bore space stuff. Now I guess it will go to the top dragster or sportsman crowd for pennies on the dollar of original investment, if they decide that they even want something like that. The 2” lifter bore space deal is the stupidest thing on the planet, the blown cars can’t keep up so we turn them higher and higher and grenading these things all over the race track because the valve train is the Achilles heel of the Hemi engine. We could fix this problem if only we were able to spread the lifter bores out, but it’s more cost effective to scatter all your hard earned parts all over the racing surface. No auto shift and no two step. The A-fuel cars don’t have to hold their car at a certain rpm and drag it in. Hell, they don’t even have to swap feet, they let the clutch out, bump it in, mash the loud pedal and hold on for the ride. A blown car has to hold he RPM at 6500, bump it in without throwing your leg off the clutch or letting the RPM drop, get a clean foot swap without leading one way or the other, hit the 1-2 shift, hit the 2-3 shift. Can’t we level the playing field a little bit by allowing the blown cars to leave the line with an RPM control and make it just as easy to shift as it’s A/fuel counter part? Let’s say our driver is having a bad day and they leave low, lead with the clutch foot and sort of bog the engine. It pinches a couple of rings because Fuel flow is low due to lack of stage rpm, it runs down through there and proceeds to burn down the face of the piston. Pistons/rods/ and head repair are in the future. Again, not cost effective, but we have the technology to be able to leave at the same RPM every time, but we can’t use it. Let’s say the driver has an issue seeing the shift light, maybe the sun is in his/her eyes and it bangs off the rev limiter, kills the valve springs and grenades the engine. Where is the cost effectiveness in that? Again we have the technology to fix that and we would be manually shifting the car exactly the same amount of times that an A/Fueler does. ZERO. Transmissions. We can’t run a Liberty transmission because it has less rotating parts and would propose a performance advantage over other transmissions. Then everyone would have to buy one to keep up. The reality being that the Liberty has a clean neutral on the lift at the stripe and would save on blower, blower belt, and connecting rod wear. Think about it, if the NHRA safety box kills the engine/fuel and the driver is unable to get the clutch in, let’s say maybe the counterweight on the levers won’t let him/her. The engine would still be rotating and the blower is then runs dry, without any fuel to cool or lubricate it. Think about how your blower looks when you send it in. Does it look like it has been rubbing the rotors or the case when you pull the hat off? When during starting of the engine or during the run would the blower have lack of lubrication and cooling (ie fuel)? The only answer I can come up with is decel. To me this is a huge safety concern and financial burden to teams when they send their blower back to get re-certed. In addition to all of this, the connecting rods are trying to blow out the top of the engine on decleration. If I can save 6-8k everytime I send my blower in or if I can get another 10-20 runs out of a set of rods (at 1k a set), or I can get more life out of my blower belts, the 10k up front for a transmission doesn’t seem that bad to me. Is anyone listening? NHRA? Sportsman Council? Does anyone care? Just my rant. Thanks for reading.