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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

THE 60th WINTERNATIONALS - MY TAKE

In the midst of last week when I mention I may have been wrong; I might have failed to report on the 60th running of the NHRA Winternationals. But for an event which holds a lot of great memories for… read more

MAYBE I WAS WRONG

So I caught some comments over last week’s Blog – National Event Scheduling -where I mentioned that maybe NHRA national events are becoming more entertainment than an actual race. And just maybe… read more

NATIONAL EVENT SCHEDULING

By the time you’re reading this I should be on the left coast for the first race of the year; the NHRA Winternationals; and it can’t come any sooner. I’m tired of winter but I was tired of it in… read more

NHRA COUNTDOWN CHANGES

Not sure this is going to affect too many sportsman racers; probably none; but it is noteworthy to admit some misgivings on the issue. When the NHRA Countdown to the Championship originated in 2007… read more

SPEED DATING - MOTORSPORTS STYLE

By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be knee deep into speed dating. Let me explain. I’ve spoken of this before, but… Each year, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC); an arm of SEMA… read more

MY CRYSTAL BALL

Saw an eerie thing written lately. “We’re as close to the year 2050 as we are to 1990.” For a lot of us, 1990 seemed like… okay, only yesterday. I was still racing the Puerto Rican Dream Super Gas… read more