Originally Posted by Dave D
If the track was 1000 ft when Scott's accident happened the same outcome would have taken place. It's obvious that the disaster trap needs to be lengthened and improved to catch a top fuel-er.
If the NHRA restricts the power then public attention for Pro-Mods may get its just deserve.
I'll reserve my comments about how the "show" looks after I see it in Sonoma in a couple of weeks. As for it helping in Scott's case, who knows... You can't say it wouldn't have made a difference. There is no basis for that.
It would have shut off earlier, maybe the car wouldn't have flamed.
You assume he was unconscious, you can't say for sure. He got the chutes out, body of the car gone, therefore no downforce, therefore, brakes can't quite work if the car starts bouncing off the pavement. Wait until the "black Box" analysis comes back, it will tell for sure if he applied the brakes.
I've seen it happen in an 8.70 run with a piperack... Guy was scared, asked later if he should have gotten the chutes out... Almost bounced into the sand at Pomona...
I'd say 1000' is a great way to slow the cars down, plus add 320' to the shutdown area, a double bonus. It's additive. finishing at 305MPH at the 1320 is less safe than 305MPH at the 1000' mark... Simple physics...