Corral Charter Member
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Champaign IL, USA
To be fair fellas, the NMRA isn't to blame for people being willing to spend a lot of money to win at heads-up racing. No matter what the class rules, there will always be someone willing and able to throw cubic dollars at it to get a trophy. You also can't just build a car and think someone's going to write a set of heads-up rules to make you competitive. You pick the class and then build the car.
Additionally, I think it's an insult to the people who do well in those classes to pretend like money is the only reason.
There's a ton of work and testing and sleepless nights and trying things that don't pay off (and they ain't cheap either) in every one of those fast heads-up cars. It is hard goddam work.
I don't see a correlation between the "money people" and travelling to the races being expensive. It is a national series after all.
It isn't fair to say something sucks just because you can't afford it.
Are you suggesting doing means-testing for some classes? People with incomes over xx,xxx can't race Factory Stock. Make sure you take your tax returns to tech inspection. LOL!
Additionally, the name of a class doesn't mean squat. Got try to race Stock Eliminator or Pro Stock on a budget and see how successful you are.
NMRA does share part of the blame for ruining FS. When they opened up the shortblock rules to be the same as Pure Street (because they didn't want to tech cars is my guess), it was the beginning of the end. Additionally, their insistence on trying to run 4V and iron headed pushrod cars in the same class is about like trying to keep a class equal between Nitrous and Turbo cars.
But hey, they've got low car counts to show for it.
In 2000 when I started out in Pure Street, almost all the Factory Stock cars were driven to the races. It was fun. Joffre Lafontaine made the first 12 second pass in FS that year in Michigan, and everyone swore they saw him throw a nitrous bottle out at the end of the track!
"He has to be cheating he's running 12s in Factory Stock" LOL!
Is the no carbs in FS rule stupid? Hell yes.
Do they make bad or arbitrary or political decisions? Yes.
Is it expensive? Ye$$$$ -It's car racing for chrissakes.
I still say that if you want to race heads-up, get magazine and maybe some (lame) TV coverage, have the potential to attract sponsor dollars, and win a small but not insignificant amount of money, then NMRA is the only game available.
2003 NMRA "Evil Twin" Pure Street championship car
(Driver: Darin Hendricks Crew Chief: Me
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82 Ford Fairmont…NMRA FS 6777 (sealed CS Coyote engine)