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Default Ed McCulloch on the NHRA's Changes to Traction Application

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Will this new procedure keep on going to the point that NHRA starts spraying oil to slow the cars down -50-50 next week 40- 60 by virgiinia 30- 70 indy to the point of no spray?
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My first thought was, with the summer months coming up, how will this affect traction and how many races will it take for the crew chiefs to get a handle on the tracks? Another thing, they talked about the speeds approaching 340 all of last year. Why didnít they implement this rule prior to Phoenix testing, to give the crew chiefs a chance to figure this out prior to the season?
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I said much the same thing on WFO radio this week start at 12:30 in
http://wforadio.com/nhra-nitro-05-01-2018/

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its crazy, but like I have always said, you do not take spark away to kill a nitro motor, you take fuel away. Some crew chief is going to find a way to turn those pumps down when the tires break loose and save his junk. When Hagan blew up he was just feathering the loud pedal and there was so much flow it blew it to pieces. Would really be interesting to see some team run single pump single mag and win races.
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I don't see how lossening traction is making things any safer. I think it's the opposite. By nature racers are always going to test the limits and in doing so with a slicker track will put more racers in more precarious situations. Speed doesn't kill nearly as much as a car going sideways does. Over -revving engines tend to explode more than those turning tires stuck to the pavement. Aside from all that, fans don't come to the track to see aborted runs.
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"When Kenny Bernstein ran the first 300 mile per hour run, that was a huge, huge milestone. Now it’s an advertising tool. Come out and see the 300 mile an hour cars.'

For six weeks now here in Atlanta, I've been hearing the same Southern Nat's radio ad of Reinhart screaming: "339 miles an hour!". Got to dial it back to 330.

McCulloch said. “If the table was turned and I was out there racing, and I was a crew chief, I probably wouldn’t want to hear any part of it."

" I hate to have people tell me what to do. That’s just my nature and I never have liked that. "


I can believe that!



btw, Garlits has said for years they need to stop prepping the track so much.
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I don't see how lossening traction is making things any safer. I think it's the opposite. By nature racers are always going to test the limits and in doing so with a slicker track will put more racers in more precarious situations. Speed doesn't kill nearly as much as a car going sideways does. Over -revving engines tend to explode more than those turning tires stuck to the pavement. Aside from all that, fans don't come to the track to see aborted runs.
I despise the no prep races and street outlaw garbage, but if they are going to make the tracks as unsafe as street racing, this ENTIRE Wally Parks philosophy is officially in the crapper. Wheel spin turns this into Benny the Bomb racing. I get the board of directors saying they will police themselves, but when all you see from NHRA are the explosions to promote the races and they see more asses in the stands, maybe they are betting on more bombs.

I get it, I would think the pro stock camp is happier with lesser track prep, look how Enders found the winners circle again. They get their wheels speed back. Its the **** rev limiters that some einstein needs to address.
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Excellent. If we are slowing them down can we go back to the full racetrack length? 4.0 funny cars and 3.8 dragsters aren't exciting when you've seen 3.7 funny cars and 3.6 almost 3.5 dragsters. Dilute the glue even more and take the rev limiters off.
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So now Lanny Miglizzi and the other track specialists become super relevant more than ever. It is just now they will need to graph the track all the way to the finish line. It may look like a bunch of ants running around with the little data gathering Traxxas cars gathering information and guys dragging "Tire rotation blocks" after 1/2 track or rolling around on creepers with durometers in the lights. In reality this may be a good thing that evens out the competition by not who can afford the most parts, but who can negotiate the track the best on that day with the conditions. The hardest part probably will be to have the competition be not about the numbers on the board, but who can win with the track conditions for the race. We will likely see more of the lesser funded teams have a better chance, since they are not being beat up by mega budgets because of parts attrition. WE could see different CC's (and track specialists) being the "Big man on track" as well as driver skills being more important. Maybe flashing a giant "WINNER" with MOV numbers on the Board instead of ET & MPH will stop everyone from seeing an insignificant Speed & ET (as far as who won) anyway. This may or may not work, but at least the NHRA is trying something to to improve what is stale and not working any more now.
P.S. Drag racing was the most popular (and exciting) before the ultra traction races - something to think about!
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