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I'm sure you guys have heard NHRA has gone to 1000 ft. drags for funny car and top fuel for saftey reasons. What are your thoughts on boats running only 1000 ft drags?

My opinion is it would be alot safer, that last 320 feet can be sketchy but the hydro guys might get the shaft on the deal? Flats seem to get it done in 1000 ft. jets will be dialed in 1000 ft.

Here is a link to some info on the NHRA deal. Anyways post your thoughts.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor/2008-07-09-2958555908_x.htm

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1000ft is all we do, runnin a 1/4 mile on nitrous would scare the shiat outta me:D
 

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I'm sure the hydro guy's could prop for it too, at least work at it. It will bring a lot of old open hydro's back to racing if they do.;)
 

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I thought NHRA was only doing this temporarilly. :confused:

I'm not a fan of 1/8 mile nor would I be a fan of 1000 ft.
Welcome to the club! Sorry to say it's for the remainder of the season according to the boys in Glendora. This latest knee-jerk reaction by the NHRA will do nothing more than increase Larry Morgan T-shirt sales.
 

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I thought NHRA was only doing this temporarilly. :confused:

I'm not a fan of 1/8 mile nor would I be a fan of 1000 ft.
That is correct Jerry, its temporary but something has to change for those guys, too many incidents. Who knows maybe it will remain 1000 ft for nitro classes?? More interested in discussing dragboat racing in 1000 ft. here than asphalt.

As you know drag racing on asphalt is for.......:)hand
 

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I think 1000ft drag boat racing would be cool, in terms of racing at Ming. You can leave the finish line where its at and bring the starting line forward, so those on the grassy section can see the entire race without fences and nature in the way.

Of course it will be different and people won't like it and there will be some learning curve, that is with any change from a long lasting standard, but once people get dialed in to a new set of rules, they make it work.
 

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I think 1000ft drag boat racing would be cool, in terms of racing at Ming. You can leave the finish line where its at and bring the starting line forward, so those on the grassy section can see the entire race without fences and nature in the way.

Of course it will be different and people won't like it and there will be some learning curve, that is with any change from a long lasting standard, but once people get dialed in to a new set of rules, they make it work.
I agree HBjet, you can't see squat @ Ming until they get past the fence w/ all the shrubs. It will also change the game quite a bit.:)bulb
 

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lame.
drag racing=1/4 mile. period.

if someone is too scared to drive their boat the last 320 feet of a 1/4 mile pass then they ought to find another sport.

Unless we are currently out of room at a specific venue (and we are not) just because nhra is too short-sighted to extend the shutdown area doesnt mean boat racers need to do the same.
 

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lame.
drag racing=1/4 mile. period.

if someone is too scared to drive their boat the last 320 feet of a 1/4 mile pass then they ought to find another sport.

Unless we are currently out of room at a specific venue (and we are not) just because nhra is too short-sighted to extend the shutdown area doesnt mean boat racers need to do the same.
I feel the same! Drag racing is very much a part of american history. They have been racing the 1/4 mile forever! I cant believe the NHRA would do that. I wander what Wally would say about that?
 

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I feel the same! Drag racing is very much a part of american history. They have been racing the 1/4 mile forever! I cant believe the NHRA would do that. I wander what Wally would say about that?
Im not saying anone here is afraid of running a full 1/4 either. as for boat racing, its a challenge to make it all the way down the quarter mile in the quickest manner possible. Its a great challenge and one i dont want to stop persuing.

i understand why the NHRA is shortening the tracks. But i also think they should have addressed the length of the shutdown area at certain tracks a long time ago that way instead of shortening the tracks they could have kept them a full 1/4 mile. People wanna see 4 and a half second ETs.
 

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I would be willing to bet that most spectators could not even tell the difference between a 1,000ft course and full quarter mile with out looking ET's.

As for me I think it would be a good idea. The vast majority of the crashes that I have seen (especially the ones where people get hurt) are at the top of the track. By making the track 1,000ft not only would it be safer but you would be able to race at smaller venues that we do not currently have the ability to race at. One could also argue that insurance costs would be less witch in turn would allow more money to go to the club or higher purses for the racers. At end of the day I think we are a ways off changing to a 1,000ft course but it is definitly food for though.
 

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cyclone a little testy at 7am? dang.:D

Good stuff keep it coming.
 

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1/4 mile for sure most people like drag racing of anykind for what happens on the big end 1000ft stuff would be lame.What happens in drag racing is very unfortunate when people die or get hurt but thats the nature of the beast we all know the consequences of what could happen if your at the river on the street or at the track.
 

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I know the guys that have raced 'Smokin in the Cove' have really liked the 1000' track.
I bet Jerry would dig 1000', but John Swanson would never have had his boat straightened out by then.
 

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I would be willing to bet that most spectators could not even tell the difference between a 1,000ft course and full quarter mile with out looking ET's.

As for me I think it would be a good idea. The vast majority of the crashes that I have seen (especially the ones where people get hurt) are at the top of the track. By making the track 1,000ft not only would it be safer but you would be able to race at smaller venues that we do not currently have the ability to race at. One could also argue that insurance costs would be less witch in turn would allow more money to go to the club or higher purses for the racers. At end of the day I think we are a ways off changing to a 1,000ft course but it is definitly food for though.
I agree with this post 100%.I got to ask for the people that are not for a 1000 FT.Have you been to a race like this?I have and I think it makes for better races.I have seen more that one boat wreck also.Its usually in the speed traps.Keep in mind that on the water you race to the start line.this makes a 1/4 mile 1320 plus 125ft eqs 1445 ft total.The faster jet boats at 8 seconds on below are at this risk every pass.That why I dont race a fast jet boat.Some guys have bigger balls.Please get back to me when you see your buddy die and tell me about THAT IS THE RISK.
 

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I know the guys that have raced 'Smokin in the Cove' have really liked the 1000' track.
I bet Jerry would dig 1000', but John Swanson would never have had his boat straightened out by then.
jerry? is he the guy with the placecraft dragstar?
 

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cyclone a little testy at 7am? dang.:D

Good stuff keep it coming.
lol. yeah. long couple of days.

i hope this deal doesn't go further than a spirited discussion on the internet. i'd seriously be bummed out if boat racing organizations started taking their cues from NHRA's Top Fuel ranks.
 
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