A quarter mile is 1,320-feet as most of you already know. And barring some tracks in the southern region of the USA most drag racers are accustom to running it from start to finish. The NHRA has recently announced that the top fuelers will run 1,000-foot rather than the usual 1,320 on an interim basis following the tragic crash that took the life of funny car racer Scott Kalitta. The new interim rule will begin at the Mopar Mile High Nationals in Denver, CO.
I understand that safety is number one, but is shortening the finish line 320-feet really going to make a difference? I hate to even discuss this, but would the Kalitta crash have endured a different outcome calling a 1000-feet the finish? I don't think so, but what the hell do I know. Unfortunate incidents happen and will continue to happen around the globe, whether it be street cars, drag cars, circle track cars or what have you. Be safe all and as usual, let me know what you think.