The Blog

MAKING MONEY

I’ve said this many times, everyone has just about the same problems. Some however, have more “zeros” attached to the back of their problems than others, if you know what I mean. But what I’m talking… read more

PUSHING THE RULES

In most every major sport there are rules. Rules which are there to ensure the integrity of the game. Rules which; if you believe what they say; are meant to be broken. Believe it or not, rules are… read more

BACK FROM GALOT

Going in a couple of different directions this week, and maybe not all about drag racing … First off, the Spring Fling event held at GALOT Motorsports Park last week was another rousing success. read more

BACK TO THE RACES

It’s been 88 days since I’ve been at a race track and heard race cars. Oh, maybe that’s a little bit of a stretch. I actually live next door to Beaver Springs Dragway in Pennsylvania, but they’ve… read more

NO TECH INSPECTION - Blog #86

The NHRA has announced a new tech inspection program for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional events. This is a program similar to what has been taking place at their national events for the… read more

PUERTO RICAN PETE

This might get a little long, but stories are sometimes all we have. Was the early ‘70s when I first met Puerto Rican Pete (and I say that with the utmost respect for the man. However, now I can’t… read more

THE NEW NORMAL - Blog #84

Allow me to get right to the point here. Last week’s Blog – R.I.P. Drag Racing – was meant to be totally a tongue-in-cheek moment. Obviously I have no idea what is going to happen tomorrow, much less… read more

R.I.P. DRAG RACING

It’s hard to believe the sport of drag racing died 30 years ago back in 2020. A sport which was founded about a century ago by Wally Parks when he was the editor of another defunct print magazine… read more

ANOTHER REVISION - Blog #82

Probably not going to write anything earth shattering here, but I’m sure some of these thoughts rolling around in this empty head of mine are the same a lot of other people are thinking … Okay, so as… read more

CAR NAME MEMORIES

Brutus. Eastern Raider. Yankee Peddler. Strip Poker. Names from a period when the cars were the stars. Today, it’s more about the people than anything else, which is probably what it should be, but… read more

IS THE TIDE TURNING?

This might not be the usual “drag racing related” blog, but there is very little (okay, so maybe none) of that happening these days. In this case, I’m going to hop up on my soapbox and speak from the… read more

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? - BLOG #79

Alright, so now this is week five the way I count for this “stay-at-home,” “shelter-in-place,” whatever you want to call it thing we’re all going through. I don’t know about you , but I’m going a bit… read more

A CHANCE - BLOG #78

As we all sit here on Day Whatever of this world-wide shutdown, it sort of reminds me of what we go through at the track sitting through a rain out. We’ve all been there, done that. While the rain… read more

NO APRIL FOOLS JOKE HERE

Over the year and a half I’ve been writing these blogs, I have tried to focus on our world of drag racing. Unfortunately now, we don’t have drag racing or much of anything else right now. So as a… read more

GRADE POINTS

First of all, I hope that everyone is making it through these very trying times in our world, staying healthy and safe. It’s totally unbelievable what has been transpiring but we all have to live… read more

THE CORONA NATIONALS – NOT THE BEER!

So much for the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatortna… Or should we say the Coronavirus Nationals? In case you’ve been living under a rock, you know about all the closings, cancellations and postponements. And… read more

A UNIQUE MEMORY

Last week I spoke about my very first trip to Florida which resulted in a Gatornationals Modified Eliminator win for the friend I went with – My First Time . This week is a sort of unique story which… read more

HUTCH’S BACK PAGES

Words and Photos by Phil Hutchison … With 24 national events, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when the amount of NHRA events could be counted on one hand. In 1969 there were only four… read more

MY FIRST TIME

Never had been to Florida, but I think of this every year on my trip to the Gatornationals, which happens to be this week. Bear with me here for a little long story. The year was 1978, a good friend… read more

THE PHILOSOPHY OF BUSINESS - BLOG #72

Recently finished reading the Dale Earnhardt Jr. book, Racing To The Finish. Very interesting read about his concussions, the diagnoses and recovery, along with his reasonings for retiring from… read more