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There's an interview on Eurodragster today with the head of the NHRA,the governing body of drag racing,this is a quote from him.............

"We're working on ways to address powering down the cars in order to
prevent(ET and top speed)ever quicker and faster numbers becoming
the norm"

HUH !
 

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Most probably for the same reason for running some of the tracks at 1,000ft.

What would make more sense is a minimum requirement for run off of say 1/2 mile.
 

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I HATE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE U.S. AT THE MOMENT, T.F. andF.C. RUNNING 1,OOO FT ETC, ITS BECOMEING A CIRCUS SHOW, I BET THE POWERS THAT BE OVER HERE WILL COPY.

BY BY MISS AMERICAN PIE.
 

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I guess safety is their main concern, but seriously, i have a big passion for drag racing, and the idea of slowing them down and now racing over a 1000ft rather than the full 1320 is getting me down! :cry: Them nhra top fuelers are still running well over 300mph in that shorter distance, it will still potentially kill them in a crash. So why not return to racing the full 1/4 mile? Its their choice to drive them dragsters, they dont have to get in them, i think they need to back off the restrictions!
 

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1000ft was a knee jerk reaction to the scott kalitta crash,i agree with the 1/2 mile run off..
 

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I guess safety is their main concern, but seriously, i have a big passion for drag racing, and the idea of slowing them down and now racing over a 1000ft rather than the full 1320 is getting me down! :cry: Them nhra top fuelers are still running well over 300mph in that shorter distance, it will still potentially kill them in a crash. So why not return to racing the full 1/4 mile? Its their choice to drive them dragsters, they dont have to get in them, i think they need to back off the restrictions!
Well the 1000ft was because the run off was really short.

If you think about it you need those chutes to decelerate the car at the same but inverse rate as what it accelerates. It's asking a lot. The run off is the main problem in my opinion.

1/8 mile tracks confuse me too, let's hope that distance never becomes the norm
 

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Well the 1000ft was because the run off was really short.

If you think about it you need those chutes to decelerate the car at the same but inverse rate as what it accelerates. It's asking a lot. The run off is the main problem in my opinion.

1/8 mile tracks confuse me too, let's hope that distance never becomes the norm
Thats right...lets hope for longer runoffs then! and RIP scott kalitta..was a real big shame
 

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Yep, RIP Scott, was a nasty horific accident
 

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Yep, RIP Scott, was a nasty horific accident
A tradgic waste of life,and needless ,the run off at Englishtown is totally inadequate ,but the NHRA and the TV $$$$ overules fringe items like drivers lives !,Bry
 

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Sadly, the big rider is the bloody telly........NHRA is big business now and any downtime fucks up the TV schedule..thats all its about, turning the motors down, so they dont go bang.....
Of course, that is what makes us different from other motorsports, being on the ragged edge.....I'm sure its one of the things that got us all hooked at an early age.
Like the signs say
Motoracing is dangerous..........
 

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Safety should never be taken lightly , the car and its equipment , the track and the also the driver should be more than aware and capable.

Cars have got quicker and faster on existing tracks , so only a matter of time before something happens......running out of stopping space isnt a joke , I can tell you.


Garlits ended up on the road at the end of the Dragstrip at Sunshine Raceway in Florida , thats why they made it half track 1/8 mile.

Technology moves on and cars get quicker , safety and tracks need to be as quick......but its still the fastest,quickest and safest motorsport in the world........and I love it to bits:tup:
 

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Seems ironic to me that a country as big as the USA has tracks that are too short :beuj: especially with the big money in Drag Racing over there, surely they could afford to re-route the road at the end or even take it underneath the track.
 

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Realistically, the terminal speeds havn't gone up that much...its the ET that has dropped....
so runoffs, especially in the states, shouldn't be the problem
Brakes are ten times better now than in the 70s..

I still think its all about the TV...it'll be 'I'm a racer, get me outa here' next....
 

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its not that easy moving a 6 lane highway , but I understand your point
But with Old Bridge Raceway, where the accident happened, the road is just a minor road and they use a concrete barrier to stop you overshooting onto it. (If you zoom right in to 'street view' on google maps you can stand on pension Road just off the end of the strip and have a good look round!).
Bet youre glad its open fields at the end of Santa Pods run off.
 
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