Let’s just call this one “real talk with uncle Brian.” Rather than invite some guests on the show who were going to tell me how much they wanted to win the US Nationals (BREAKING NEWS: As much as everyone else) I decided to go a different route here and give you a good old fashioned rant. You can slice it into two hunks. The first is a love letter to the race itself and what I feel it means to the sport and to the NHRA overall. The second part is the one that may get my chops busted.
NHRA racers need more swagger. They have earned it. They do things no one else in this sport does and that means something. A recent book I just finished told me everything I needed to know about this. When the world “discovered” NASCAR during the 1979 season, it changed that sport forever. It was not a singular fight in Daytona that changed stuff, it was the revelation that it was a sport filled with unique, cool, brash, brave people who others were interested in following and learning about.
You may not like it, you may not believe it, but that’s my story and I am sticking to it. Listen by whacking the image below.