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    questions about nitro cars

    i was at the chevy show at palm beach international raceway and saw some nitro funny cars in action!! now unlike top fuel and some other operations i have seen it seemed like nitro cars were all teams that were owned by small business owners and some middle class guys!! are these like top fuel motors that they are rebuilding after every run or what?? i am really interested in the nitro class now cause it seems like something that doesnt have to be sponsered by fram or napa or these big companies and i was extremly impressed!

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    Nitro cars

    If you want to run nitro funny cars, you'd better have very good sponsors or very deep pockets. They're as expensive to run as the top fuel rails. Same engines etc. Shorter wheelbase and a body.

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    i dont want to run them.. im only 20 and im running a 9 sec street/strip car an hope to be running dragsters in the 7's by them time im 22-23 but i knew they were expensive but as much as top fuel?? are those all guys that own their own cars with families and friends or are those all their profession to run around the country an run those cars??

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    Nitro cars

    Are you talking about pro mod cars? They are cheaper to run , but still expensive. Alot of family run teams have some sponsors, and they keep the expenses down where they can.

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    they were nitro cars..they all had 526 chevys running on nitromethane.. they ran 4.10 but at 193?? thats another thing is they ran 4.10 an anothe rone ran 4.26 at 193?? y such low e.t.'s but not that high trap speeds??

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    You shouldn't be too impressed or confused by the Super Chevy show cars, most of them are as you said running B/BLK chevy engines and are paid in by super chevy, Most of them are running less than 50% nitro to keep the maintenance down on the motor. True they are crown pleasers, but would be nowhere near competative on the NHRA or IHRA tour. that et and speed translates to a 6. second run it the 1/4 mile on the tour nitro funny and dragsters run 3.00 to 3.20 @ 250/280 in the 1/8 mile. They are what they are and that's show cars for the crowd. Over here at Baton Rouge super chevy a few weeks ago, there were 2 local promod cars running 3.80's and 3.90's, one of them a Hearst with a carbon fiber body, but both had Hemi's.

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    my son worked on Josh Starcher's team a few years back. He said he can remember Starchers dad say it cost 1.5 million for his son to race each year on the NHRA circuit and they were on a very tight budget.

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    so are they tearing those motors down each run or do they get a full season outt them?? also are the drivers all licensed in nhra or what?? i wouldnt think they would let just anyone step in there?? sorry for the newbie questions but i dont know anything about these cars and im sorta interested in driving one one day

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    thanks


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