Let’s acknowledge that Attitude Apparel’s CompetitionPlus.com is largely devoted to the professional categories of drag racing. Let me also acknowledge that my primary areas of interest are those same pro classes and participants. That does not mean, however, that I don’t have the utmost respect for sportsman racers, because by and large, it’s considerably more difficult to win in some of the sportsman classes than it may be in the pros. As much as this might surprise some people, I actually know a bunch of sportsman racers, and they’ve been flooding my inbox with emails, and overloading my message machine with rants about what’s going on in their classes.
Making it as a sportsman racer is an iffy proposition. The costs of competing are depressingly high when measured against the potential rewards, and 12 hours after you’ve run the quickest elapsed time ever in your class you’re going to find out that three other guys already ran quicker. Your odds against obtaining a truly meaningful sponsor – one that’ll cover all your costs – are astronomically high. So all in all, if you’re going to be a sportsman racer it’s going to have to be because you love it. You love the work, the travel, the hassles, the cancelled qualifying sessions, the after midnight Sunday eliminations, the time away from the family, the lost jobs because you just had to be at that points meet at the other end of your division or the bracket race 700 miles south – all of it. Because at the end of the day you get to climb into the car and try to prove you’re better than the other guy.