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FEEDBACK FRIDAY – DRAGS, DOLLARS & SENSE: WONDERING WHAT WALLY WOULD THINK

FEEDBACK ARTICLE – DRAGS, DOLLARS & SENSE: WONDERING WHAT WALLY WOULD THINK

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I always look forward to Michael's column, and the title and first two paragraphs led me to believe that once again I would be in for a treat.

Sadly I'm left wanting more.

Was it respect for Wally, or fear of Wally?

And just maybe if the competitors "back in the day" stood up to Mr. Parks when his decisions went against their best interests, NHRA Championship Drag Racing wouldn't be facing these difficulties to the degree that it does now. - Bill Swanson

 

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – BOBBY BENNETT: WHERE HAS THE MUSCLECAR PRO STOCKER GONE?

FEEDBACK ARTICLE –  BOBBY BENNETT: WHERE HAS THE MUSCLECAR PRO STOCKER GONE?
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AMEN!  Only the Mustangs look like cars we would want to rush into the showroom to purchase.  And most of the others don't even look like the brand of car they're trying to promote. – John Martin

 

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – FROM THE MISC. FOLDER

BIG JIM'S A LEGEND, WHAT ABOUT GARY?

You talk about Jim Dunn Doing Double duty driving a funny car and a fuel car all in the same day well Gary Parmenter Of the Krohn Parmenter & Rue Hall of Fame race team drove two AA/Fuelers in one day for two years until they had to race themselves and we got another driver for our Chevrolet car but that was a long time ago I know but for some reason you guys and Phil Burgess forget about the race teams that started this whole scenario just thought I would let you know about a driver that qualified and drove two double AA/Fuelers almost every weekend for over two years - Byron Parmenter

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – DRAGS, DOLLARS & SENSE: IT'S THE JOHN FORCE SHOW, AND RIGHTFULLY SO

FEEDBACK ARTICLE – DRAGS, DOLLARS & SENSE: IT'S THE JOHN FORCE SHOW, AND RIGHTFULLY SO

If Michael Knights' article about John Force and Drag racing is even half correct, then the NHRA must be on Life support!  Last time I checked the NHRA telecasts garner maybe a 0.6-0.8 share, and this is with 30 minutes of Force every week!  How bad would the ratings be if Force wasn't there? Someone ask Mr. Knight how it is Pinks All Out gets much higher ratings then NHRA does, not to mention crowds! - Joe Sherwood

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – THE RIVALRY TO END ALL RIVALRIES - BIG AND SHIRLEY

FEEDBACK ARTICLE: THE RIVALRY TO END ALL RIVALRIES - BIG AND SHIRLEY

01_16_2010_big_andshirleyI ran Top Fuel as part of Lou Novotny's crew in the '70s and early '80s and there is nothing in motorsports that tops this rivalry...not even the Snake and
Mongoose. Garlits kept "score" on that old Chapparall's door...and yes he won more of the races than Shirley...but not by much...the intensity in their pits
was "electric" with T.C and than Herb Parks crewing for Big and at times Connie and than Ron for Shirley.

You had to be there...intense excitement and competition.- Greg Fedak

 

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – DRAGS, DOLLARS AND SENSE - A NEW COLUMN

FEEDBACK ARTICLE:   DRAGS, DOLLARS AND SENSE - A NEW COLUMN

01_07_2010_michael_knightThank you for Drags, Dollars and Sense. I would be very interested in this column. You see, I live in Wisconsin, and so I would make the races at the track that was formally known as the Milwaukee Mile. That track will now sit idle. No one has been able to explain the money trail. NASCAR is still owed over a million dollars, the IRL is owed money, and former promoter doesn't have the money to pay them. So ya, it would interesting to find out where the money goes.

We fans are paying a premium price to see professional teams compete, but then we get hosed from the management types. Also, as a fan, anything I can do or learn that could convince sponsors that there is value in motorsports marketing would be helpful. Not only for drag racing but motorsports in general.  I look forward to this colum. - Gregory Zank

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – EVENT ANNOUNCED, NOW THE REAL WORK BEGINS FOR NHRA'S 4-WIDE NATIONALS

FEEDBACK ARTICLE:  EVENT ANNOUNCED, NOW THE REAL WORK BEGINS FOR NHRA'S 4-WIDE NATIONALS

01_22_2010_4wideFonzie has officially jumped the shark at NHRA. While I think running exhibitions or even qualifying would be acceptable. Racing eliminations under this format  is crazy. - Mike Greene

I am disgusted, I thought it bad enought that the NHRA was trying to copycat NASCAR. But now they are aspiring to better Barnum & Bailey. Leave 4 wide for Stock and Super Stock. - Joe Damico

As far as 4-wide racing is concerned, the only benefit will be to the TV people (shortening the length of the telecast on Sundays).  To the people actually attending an event, it means only 3 rounds of eliminations to watch instead of 4, and less bang for the buck (if not more noise).  I am against 4-wide, and against the whole idea of a "countdown" at the end of the season.  -  Andy Nelson

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – STEVE COLLISON - THE MAN WHO LOVED DRAG RACING TO DEATH

FEEDBACK ARTICLE: STEVE COLLISON - THE MAN WHO LOVED DRAG RACING TO DEATH

01_22_2010_collisonHow true, how true, and how many times I have seen Stevie's pea head somewhere in the pits or on the starting line, shooting.

When one or more of my cats would die, I would dream about them for a year or so later. I'd say, "You're alive. You're alive." Same with my mother and father. And the same with Steve. I still dream about him to this day. The frequency isn't the same, but he's still there. I told Cathy that once. I told her that Steve was right there the night before, and he's okay. I called her once to tell her that.

How different things would have been if he had lived. I'm sorry it was me who heard his last breath. And for the first time I now know whose photo he was looking for --- Malinda.

Dear God, I miss him so. - Dale Wilson

 

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – FROM THE MISC. FOLDER

LESS FILLING OR TASTES GREAT?

The "Countdown" Should be referred to as "The Watered down to the Championship"

If the Full Throttle Trophy is supposed to be crowning a champion for the season ( And I believe that is what the trophy says "2009 Full Throttle Championship") then why is it just a representation of just the last 5 races?

"Championship Lite"

How bout having Miller, or Budweiser, maybe Coors kicking in after Indy for this final run for the "Championship lite trophy" - hear me out!

I think this year with HeightProck nailing it the last 5 races, but sucking in the previous 18 races, can't help but leave an astrix next to his championship (
I doubt that he is totally happy with how it all played out, you can see it in his face.) The year before we were all robbed of the chance to see Tim Wilkerson crowned with the championship that he and his team had as underdogs had very obviously earned throughout the entire season. We the fans felt even closer to Tim because along with him we were "all" denied the "Cinderella season", Hollywood ending drama only because of the countdown. I feel sorry for Cruz Pedregon for the "Yeah But" that follows the mention of his 2008 Championship - Yeah but if it wasn't for the countdown we all know Wilkerson was the run away Funny Car Champ that year!

Make The Countdown "a side bet" keep the "Full ThrottleFull season Championship" separate from the Watered Down 5 race "Miller Lite" Championship!  "Less fulfilling/tastes great"

It's how us fans perceive it all anyway! Might as well do both! - Tim Hart

FEEDBACK FRIDAY – FROM THE GRANDSTANDS: OF SENSORY OVERLOAD

01_01_2010_grandstandsFEEDBACK ARTICLE: FROM THE GRANDSTANDS: OF SENSORY OVERLOAD 

I thank the Sargent for his service, as a retired sailor from the Amphibious Navy I also salute him. This was agreat story.  I hope many will read it. It is very encouraging! - Jack W. Smith

 

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