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Old 11-15-2010, 05:22 PM
 
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Congrats to John Force for winning his 15th Funny Car title!

Always good to see the old folks spanking the younger competition
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:42 PM
 
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People say that Nascar fans are getting tired of Jimmy Johnson winning often and going for his 5th championship in a row, and that this is causing people to turn away from NASCAR. Is this true for the NHRA fans? I don't follow drag racing but it seems like there's fewer NHRA racers at the level of NASCAR's Sprint Cup, so there's a smaller pool of potential winners each week. Is that accurate?
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:57 AM
 
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People say that Nascar fans are getting tired of Jimmy Johnson winning often and going for his 5th championship in a row, and that this is causing people to turn away from NASCAR. Is this true for the NHRA fans? I don't follow drag racing but it seems like there's fewer NHRA racers at the level of NASCAR's Sprint Cup, so there's a smaller pool of potential winners each week. Is that accurate?
Considering only 16 qualify in each class you're probably right.

I think where NHRA trumps NASCAR is pure spectacle, while NASCAR mandates a spec car, restrictor plates, and keeps a tight lid on their drivers, NHRA has 8,000HP cars hitting over 300mph in 1000' along with drivers allowed to express their own 'character'. If you have the opportunity I highly recommend a trip to an NHRA National event, not only will you see spectacular racing but a ticket gets you a pit pass, you're free to roam, talk to drivers and crews and watch them at work.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:41 AM
 
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I live about 20 minutes from Z-Max dragway, and I have not been yet. Suppose I need to check it out sometime. I'm a NASCAR guy, but enjoy all forms of racing, so I need to make it by there one day! Congrats to John Force........he's cool!
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:00 AM
 
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I live about 20 minutes from Z-Max dragway, and I have not been yet. Suppose I need to check it out sometime. I'm a NASCAR guy, but enjoy all forms of racing, so I need to make it by there one day! Congrats to John Force........he's cool!
What truly amazed me a few years back when I had not seen fuel cars for a few years was standing at half track, due to the difference between the speed of light and the speed of sound, the cars launch so hard you'd see them move before hearing the engine noise from the launch, between that and and the ground literally shaking, it's something every motorsports fan should experience at least once. I'd suggest Friday qualifying, lots of action, a smaller crowd, and most crews are anxious to 'lay one down' in the generally cooler evening.

John Force is a true showman, great to see him back in form at age 61 after his horrific crash in Dallas a few years back.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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I live about 20 minutes from Z-Max dragway, and I have not been yet. Suppose I need to check it out sometime. I'm a NASCAR guy, but enjoy all forms of racing, so I need to make it by there one day! Congrats to John Force........he's cool!
I'm in southeast Charlotte and haven't been to Z-Max either. I used to go to Shuffletown off 16 but it was closed due to people complaining about noise.

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What truly amazed me a few years back when I had not seen fuel cars for a few years was standing at half track, due to the difference between the speed of light and the speed of sound, the cars launch so hard you'd see them move before hearing the engine noise from the launch, between that and and the ground literally shaking, it's something every motorsports fan should experience at least once. I'd suggest Friday qualifying, lots of action, a smaller crowd, and most crews are anxious to 'lay one down' in the generally cooler evening.

John Force is a true showman, great to see him back in form at age 61 after his horrific crash in Dallas a few years back.
I've been to many NASCAR races all over the US. The best analogy I have to yours is being on the other side of the turn 3 wall in Atlanta, literally 4 feet from the track (worker pass gets me everywhere) and having the entire field come into that turn at 180+. That's a rush.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:38 AM
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NASCAR and Pro Drag racing is getting just like F1, the top teams just outspend disproportionally the other teams.
Force had five transporters for three cars at E-town.
Just like F1, NASCAR and Pro drag racing fans will wither away.
On the sound topic,
I have been on the Starting line at the Spring Nationals at E-Town in NJ. That is the absolute loudest noise you will ever hear from two Top Fuel or Funny cars taking off.
At Z-Max they start four at a time. I don't see how your head will not explode standing there.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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Congratulations John

Drag racing is great, wish there was a NHRA event closer than a days ride

Love the open pits and talking to the drivers and unleashing 8000hp is amazing to watch, also all the novelty events like Jet cars
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJAgUBEQdw
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