THE HIGH COST OF CHAOS

Drag Rac­ing Ain’t no Cheap Date

Drag Racer - - Contents - Text by DRM Staff Pho­tos by John Shanks

THE FIRST THREE EVENTS OF THE 2018 NHRA MELLO YELLO NA­TIONAL CHAM­PI­ONSHIP SERIES

HAVE SEEN MORE EN­GINE EX­PLO­SIONS, FIRES AND CRASHES IN TOP FUEL

AND FUNNY CAR THAN AT ANY TIME IN RE­CENT HIS­TORY. Through the Ga­tor­na­tion­als, John Force Rac­ing, Don Shu­macher Rac­ing and many other teams have ex­pe­ri­enced an un­prece­dented level of car­nage, re­quir­ing con­struc­tion of new cars.

The pro nitro teams are now fac­ing two se­ri­ous is­sues. The first is dis­cov­er­ing the cause of so many cat­a­strophic en­gine fail­ures and fires be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by even the best funded and main­tained nitro race car teams. The sec­ond is find­ing a way to mit­i­gate the cost to nitro teams—even the big three—of re­plac­ing/ re­pair­ing bodies, en­gines or even com­plete cars, which se­ri­ously af­fects the op­er­at­ing bud­gets of all teams, big or small.

Drag Racer thought read­ers would be in­ter­ested in see­ing the re­tail cost of the parts and pieces T/F and F/C teams have burned through to re­stock their trail­ers in the af­ter­math of the first three races of the sea­son.

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