Can we say that the Steve Torrence/Capco Contracting Top Fuel team is better that the NFL New England Patriots? Oh, they’re not better than the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins complete a perfect season winning all 14 games that year. But the Patriots need one more win to cap the perfect season. Steve Torrence did it.
Winning 11 times all year and winning every single race of the NHRA Countdown. Perfect. Okay, so maybe he’s not in the NFL league, but I think it’s pretty incredible as to what his team accomplished. Just my $.02. If you have a different opinion, let me know.
Back from Pomona and a couple of observations. Peek over at https://dragracingedge.com/photos/ for our Photo Gallery of the first three days of the event. In any case, standing on the sidelines watching the Stock, Super Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas classes run, it appeared to me that this game we play is really sort of simple. Hit a better reaction time than your opponent and dial the car hard to run the number. Seems simple sitting on the outside, but when you’re behind the wheel, it’s anything but that. Even if you think you have the weather and track figured out, there’s always a variable you can’t control.
There were a lot of delays in the action on Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to oil downs, crashes and whatnot. Enough so that other than Thursday, a couple of classes required postponing to the next day. I know there’s a lot of things which have to get done, but sometimes I liken it to attempting to fit ten pounds of s--- in a five-pound bag. I was told a story that many moons ago the late Steve Evans who was running Irwindale Speedway used to build in ten minutes of free time between classes at his big events. If he needed the time, it was there to use, but otherwise they’d end up finishing at a reasonable hour. Not sure if any of that is true and it might take a really long-distance call to ask Evans, but it seems like a good idea.
This is a souring statistic that most of us don’t want to see. A recent report I read by a spinoff of the parent company of Allstate Insurance notes, “…researchers said most people average 321 hours in the car each year and get 120 hours of vacation. …on average, spend more time in their cars — mostly driving to and from work — than they receive in vacation time. Half of millennials say that they don’t think owning a car is worth the money and that they’d rather be more productive than driving 321 hours a year.
I don’t know how that can ever be reversed but I know I couldn’t wait to get my state’s driver’s license when I came of age and neither could both of my kids. I guess that makes them in the minority but they also grew up in a car-heavy family, as I’m sure most of you did. It’s just a sad commentary and maybe why our sport isn’t growing as it once did. However, if you’ve read our report on the State of the Sport in the November print issue of Drag Racing Edge, you’ll see that our sport is still healthy. In our next issue (January 2019) we follow that up with Part 2 of the State of the Sport bringing up more points to ponder. If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe by clicking on the Subscribe Now button to receive the January issue as well as more, and if you want any back issues, call my office and we’ll be sure to get them to you.