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NHRA Import Season - Initial Timing

Jason Mulroney
Jan 1, 2002
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At the time of writing this we are halfway through putting the first issue of 2002 together. Yet, at the same time we are still compiling event coverage and features from the closing 2001 season. We find ourselves gearing up for the new year while dealing with the busiest part of the previous event season. It is, from an editorial point of view, a strange and confusing time.

We just returned from the first-ever NHRA import season finale in Pomona, Calif. After years of speculation and anticipation over whether the largest drag racing sanctioning body in the world would ever take notice and create an import series, 2001 saw them finally get involved. With virtually no experience in an extremely tight knit import community, could the NHRA step in and make the difference? Well, after a relatively short campaign and a six-race championship, it seems the answer is yes. Now, there is definitely room for much more. But the inaugural NHRA Summit Racing Import Drag Racing Series provided six rounds of intense heads-up racing that enticed the biggest names in the sport. Most of the different points races within the series went down to the wire to produce one the most exciting season finales we've ever seen. All in all, the first NHRA import season was a huge success, and now that the organizers have announced a bigger eight-race series for next season, we can only look forward to an even more intense points race.

While the NHRA kept its campaign to a small six-race affair, others stepped up schedules to incorporate more events than ever. We've literally been on the go since the season began, travelling all over the country week in, week out to bring the readers the best in event coverage. As we start looking forward to a new season, though, and the sanctioning bodies behind both race and show events announce more dates for the upcoming year, we start to realize that there's little chance of a break and its gonna get even crazier.

So, my point this month is, where is it gonna go from here? Can the pace really stay this fierce? With an import event of some kind going down just about every weekend of the year we've already started to see racers and even show guys start ruling out various event series due to conflicting schedules or simply time constraints. It may well be that we have come to a fork in the road. Before, we cried out for more events, now there is almost too many. Maybe I'm wrong, but I sincerely hope this overabundance of import gatherings doesn't rob us and outsiders of the quality we all know is out there. Not to mention the headache over knowing where to go on a weekend when three or maybe four events coincide with each other.

Oh well. I'm sure that, as usual, time will figure things out, it usually does. I just hope that the flames aren't smothered before the fire has even raged.

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