THINGS I'VE OBSERVED – 3-13-19

Why can’t race tracks have more garbage cans? I think that most people are fairly clean and if there was a garbage can nearby, they’d utilize it. If there isn’t, it only leaves someone open to simply dropping their trash anywhere. Seems to me there would be a number of race fuel distributors who could supply empty 55-gallon drums complete with their logo on it as a means of brand awareness around the pits. And if there isn’t, empty drums aren’t all that expensive when compared to having to pick up trash off the ground.

I’ve never really been a fan of the Street Outlaws television show but I know they have quite a following. While it might have seemed to have started as “street racing,” it’s my understanding very little of it was done without a closed set with little interruption from the “law.” I guess it might have been too much “talk” and not enough “race” for me. And while there were comments in the earlier days of the show regarding it promoting street racing, I never saw it that way. It was after all just what any other reality show was… a show. The fact is that it somewhat promoted drag racing was a good thing, not a bad. Now I notice some of their “shows” being run on drag strips is something I believe to be a good thing, but I wonder if it still has the same number of followers. I guess as long as we continue to see them on the air means that people still want to see them.

It appears to me that the sportsman entry quotas for NHRA national event have been dropping slightly. For those who aren’t familiar with the process, each sportsman class has a cap on the amount of entries available. Entry is only granted to those with the proper grading level, gained by entry at Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional or certain open events held around the country. The more grading points, the earlier you are allowed to pre-enter the nationals. One of the ideas of the quota is to limit the amount of entries based on race track pit sizes. I get it. Gone are the days when a guy showed up to race with a pick-up truck and an open trailer. Rigs are getting bigger, yet the pits aren’t following suit, and you can’t expect them too. Property is expensive. As for the NHRA quotas though, sometimes it takes months to fill. All of which still has my head spinning when I think of the two-and-half minutes it took for the Sparco Spring Fling 500K race to fill up over the 385 entries it wanted as a limit to that $500,000-to-win race in September.

Off the soapbox for now.