Software Newsletter #15 - June 28, 2001
1. Opinion - Are NHRA Sportsman Events Really Worth It?
2. New! High Temp Gun-Style Infrared Thermometer
3. FREE Software Download
4. REAL World Technical Support
5. Most Accurate Digital Altimeter
-- Opinion - Are NHRA Sportsman Events Really Worth It? --
I've been 'chasing' the NHRA Divisional and National Events for many
years now. Maybe, because I am getting older, I feel more and more,
that it really isn't worth it any more. Especially, in the Super Comp
category. There are many reasons for these feelings.
We spend a great deal of time and money pursuing these events, much
more than a bracket racing effort. In fact, the entry fees, gasoline,
accommodations, food, racing fuel, etc., can easily surpass $1000.00
to $2000.00 or more, for just one (1) of these events. Not to mention
the initial expense of $100,000.00 to $200,000.00 for the race car,
trailer, and motor home/truck. What do we get for our expense and efforts?
We get terrible pit facilities, like the one I had in Columbus, out
in a pasture, where I couldn't get my car out of the trailer without
dragging the body and frame rails on the rocks and stones they call
a pit road. The only dragster pitted with nothing else but 'door cars'
with plenty of ground clearance. I complained to no avail. And, I was
not permitted to move. There wasn't supposed to be any room left where
all the other Super Comp Cars were pitted, but I went down on my scooter
and found plenty of open area. It doesn't matter what you have in your
trailer, "you'll go where we put you." Maybe we should have racers parking
us. That could make a difference. Did I forget to mention that I arrived
on Tuesday, a day ahead of time? I was one of the first cars to go through
tech at the mall, though when I arrived at the track, there was no room
left! Amazing, isn't it? Favoritism, nah. Really!
Yes, we ARE cry babies! But, we have plenty of reason to be crying,
believe me! The tracks are never prepped when we get there. The burn
out area is loaded with weeks of Friday night street rubber. We are
the track cleaners, until the Alcohol cars run. Then things change quickly.
The track is scraped and sprayed and then we have to dial our cars within
a thousandth of a second on entirely different track conditions for
the first round of elimination's. Pretty wild, huh?
Then at the National events, NHRA decides which lane we are to run in
and whom we are to run against. It doesn't appear to matter to them
that there are lane differences. Some tracks have lanes so bad that
the solid cars bounce all the way down the track. Why should NHRA decide
whether we are to win or lose in the first round? Just tell me that!
It is totally absurd. When anyone is deciding who is going to run whom,
and in which lane, that is NOT a random pairing. We racers are better
able to manage ourselves than NHRA could ever hope to. When half the
racers want the right lane and the other half want the left lane, why
not leave them alone? Or at the very least, a coin toss should decide.
The current system simply sucks! There is no other way to describe it
from a racer's viewpoint! Not to mention, that we all have to suit up
at once and sit in our cars sweating our asses off, waiting to run.
Because we never know when they will point at you and it's your turn
to run in the lane you didn't want.
The Auto Start system was a move in the right direction. But, what has
happened? Someone is not paying attention to the correct setup for the
different Auto Start settings. I keep getting five (5) second trees
on Auto Start and it is supposed to be two (2) seconds. How do you handle
a five (5) second tree when you practice a zillion times on a two (2)
second start. You don't. You lose, period! So, who is responsible for
putting in the Auto Start delay? And why are there different settings
for different classes, it is lame. If the default setting was the same
for ALL classes (which makes perfect sense), no one could screw up.
So, there is no sense to using Auto Start, if human error can still
enter into it. Auto Start should work on its own. No human element should
intervene. As a computer programmer, I know that this can and should
be done, if we are going to continue to use Auto Start.
The electronics are totally out of hand. Illegal devices, by NHRA's
own definition, abound. Yet, nothing is done. Now, NHRA believes that
possibly MORE electronics would be a good thing. The subject of 'progressive'
throttle stops has been voiced. Wonderful! Another computer controlled
device. Once again, the manufacturers are making the rules. My opinion?
Get rid of ALL the electronics and go back to REAL racing where the
driver makes the difference in the outcome of each and every race.
I can understand that changes to the schedule are necessary. But, should
one class be skipped over entirely? Not, in my opinion. We are all equal
in my book. No class is better than another. How would you like to get
up at 6:30 AM because you are scheduled to run that morning only to
end up running first round at 5:00 PM. At a divisional race, the only
spectators in the stands are racers. To screw over a hundred racers
for twenty or so walk in spectators is just crazy. Second round at 7:00
PM? I don't know about you, but after 13 hours, it is almost past my
What ever happened to the 'New NHRA?' The NHRA that had come to realize
that we ARE the backbone of the sport. That the Sportsman racer IS the
show, that WE pay the bills, and therefore deserve equal and fair treatment.
Got me. I can't figure it out.
Now, there is an idea that each and every Comp car should have their
own personal index! Gee, guys, I think they call that Bracket Racing!
Super Stock and Stock are already ET bracket cars. Maybe it could simplify
things if we had just Fuel Cars and Bracket Cars! And, nothing against
the 'big boys.' But, how many trophies do you think John Force would
have if he had to win seven (7), eight (8), or nine (9) rounds to get
one? Just imagine how many wins each of us would have, if there were
only four (4) rounds of competition? The Fuel guys have money coming
out of their ass. Let's have them pay the Super classes to qualify!
Oh, I suppose that would be unreasonable.
-- New High Temp 'Gun-Style' Digital Infrared Thermometer --
We now offer another Digital Infrared Thermometer with Laser Sighting,
Part # IRT4. The new Gun Style unit has a temperature range of 0 to
788 degrees F, has a backlight, an 8:1 Optical Resolution, and an Auto-Off
feature. The introductory price is just $99.95! That is about what you
would pay for a unit WITHOUT laser sighting and with a lower temperature
range. Comparable prices for a unit with these specifications is about
fifty or sixty dollars more.
-- FREE Software Download -- The DOS version of our DataMaster
Analyzer software, Version 2.0, is available to you as a FREE download
on our web site. (The Windows version is too big to download because
of all the associated Windows Dll's and other MicroSoft files that have
to be installed.) You don't need a data recorder to test the software
and see exactly what a DataMaster Sportsman Computer does better than
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you have any older version of this software, download this as a FREE
-- REAL World Technical Support --
With Family Software, you'll get better technical support than anywhere
on the planet. Why? Because, we design and/or use all of the products
that we sell. All of my 30+ years of racing experience and knowledge
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