I think you left out another important part of the history of the A.H.R.A. when in the late 70's and 80's the AH.R.A. put on shows and never paid the promoters, or drag strip owners, vendors any money and then left town!
Many racers who had won their class also did not receive payment for their win and members who paid dues could not get refunds.
Anyone who had pre-entered future races never got their money back either.
Those were crazy times and many racers said they would never do business with the A.H.R.A. again.
Seeing what's going today makes me wonder how this whole thing is going to end. I am hoping it has a happy ending but only time will tell.