You don't have to worry about that. It's much easier to scrub ET in these cars down low by pulling some timing at the launch than using a throttle stop. Same effect, but it doesn't have the complete nose-over that so many people dislike. That's how racers are able to run 240+ while still being above the index (it's quite an experience having one of those blowing past you in the traps). I don't have a rulebook on me at the moment, but I think they might not even be allowed in the class (again, not that anyone would use it, anyway. Too much risk upsetting the chassis when you come off it).Thanks Jeff. This will be an interesting season, re: how many cars can get that close to the 6.10. I can hear Alan now: OK, the bump spot for T/D is 6.119....... One thing I do like is that you don't have a throttle stop in T/D. You think that will ever come to pass?
The possibility of losing cars over time due to cost is greater with a true heads up class or index class than a dial-in class. For TD and TS, I can see it being more cyclical, because all you have to do is make the field to have an equal shot of winning. When short fields start trending, they can be filled by slower cars that are quicker than the minimum dial who can still compete for the win, unlike TAD or TAFC. If you're a field filler for one of those classes, you go in knowing it'll take a lot of luck to win a single round, much less the whole race. Same for cars unable to hit an index. I'm currently one of those 6.40s cars that needs to up my game some to be comfortable, but that's part of the challenge.Thanks Brad. There is one thing I worry about with the fields getting toward everyone running the index. It would kill off the "slow" cars, cars that run 6.40's & slower. You'd either have to step it up big time $$$$ or race another class. Just to throw out something. Today's T/AD & T/AFC are so expensive to run that the classes have been loosing cars. Suppose that a new T/AD class is created using the fast T/D of today, say with an index of 5.80. Then create a new T/D class with an index of 6.60. Just a wild hair idea but it seems to me that it would be easier & more cost efficient to run a 6.60 car. You guys know way better than I do about all this, so that's why I'm posting my idea. Besides, only had one cup of coffee. heh
http://nhraracer.com/content/general.asp?articleid=71444&zoneid=175Brad, if I'm reading your post correctly, then if a racer runs a 5 second ET, & gets DQ'ed for the race, does that affect his / her points for the whole season? Or just that the DQ cost so many points that they won't have a chance for the rest of the season?