zed, all i see is the more changes the less cars and race fans. in the days of old, thursday at pomona was called "the gathering of the eagles" T/F cars showed up in incredible amounts. we had 14 this year with a 8x champ sitting on the sidelines. "houston- we have a problem." it would be interesting to look at a time line of attendance when 1/4 mile racing stopped. funny car burnouts to half track, the countdown, end of wheelstanders,etc. see what that graph would show us. add the pro stock tent era. i have a pic of tony and john side by each at half track and they have not lifted from the burnout yet. unreal pic. took 5 min. for the tire smoke to clear im sure. that ends, we get blip burnouts and wonder where the crowd went. it was so cool to sit around half track as that is where cars came to a stop from a normal burnout, it is right in front of you, and it is at idle and the reverser being locked in. there was drama, rivals, and the crowd could see the cars. the cars would spend minutes on the starting line choosing each other on with dry hops. and we wonder where the crowd went. .....side by side dry hops. someone else can explain that to this generation.