NHRA National win in 2022 in Super Gas is $1,800 for a $340 entry fee. NHRA Divisional win in Super Gas in D-7 is $2,000 for a $200 entry fee. I like 10 to 1 much better than 5 to 1. Maybe it's time for NHRA to raise there National purse? How about $3,400 for a National win! In 1995 a National win was $1,800. Times are a changing! Hope NHRA does!
When everything is coming your way, your probably in the wrong lane.
Yea right... Try Div 3 pay-outs vs entry, everyone knows its a loosing battle but the Wally....makes it all worth it
I wander how they make payroll for Cali???
NHRA Sportsman/Class racing was never about the winner's purse and was always about the Wally, competing against the best of the best. Nothing has changed or will except the cost to compete.
D4 is $200 for $2000/1000
I don't know if it is necessarily the best of the best racers.
One guy has won the first two National events in Stock Eliminator and his average reaction time is .050+.
That won't work at 99% of the bracket races around the country.
That is why I like Class Racing.It is possible to win with less than stellar performance.
I agree they are the best of the best that entered that event, nothing more, nothing less.
Wallys are cool, got a few but in the end I would rather line up with 300 racers ready to beat the hell out of each other with great packages, great payouts and do it one day at a time.
I respect the racers who follow the NHRA trail of high entry fee money/ sadly weak payouts, but can't see where it was more difficult to win than a solid $5000 bracket race. Just costs a lot more to enter, $200.00 to hang around for three days and get treated like the red-headed step-child.
National or Divisional wins were worth a LOT more money 10-15 years ago when there was real contingency money involved. 2000 NHRA national event was worth about $12,000 with contingencies that actually paid and the three Divisionals I won each paid about $4000.00 after contingencies.
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It was in 1990.
$200/$340 entry fee to wait around for 3 days. Nope, I'll double enter at 2/3 day bracket races. You can keep the little man.
X2, can’t take it to the bank
Smart move racing in D4
Comp buddies headed there...
Raceless in California!
I have a lot respect for class racers.....90 classes are cool too.
The payouts should be commensurate with the times; it would be better for the sport all around.
Damn sure was about the $$
In 1988 when I won a National event I pretty much won more money than I had in the car and could have won a good bit more if I had been stickered up better
I had Suburban and an open trailer that I paid $1200-$1300 for brand new
NHRA paid $1800 I think it was for a National win and the entry was around $150
A Division race paid $1000 and entry was around $40-$50
The contingency program was huge at most events.......
You could easily have 30+ paying decals and well more if you really worked at it
A Division win could pay $4000-$5000
A Major National win could pay $15 grand, maybe more...
Ask Dan Fletcher or the Richardsons.....They cashed a lot of checks !
Yep,at one time,I think I had 40 decals on the car.Ran out of room for all of them.By the time I won a few National events,it was down to 20.Now,less than 10.
I usually went to 5 or 6 National events a year.
Right now,planning on 2,but that may change.
Travel costs and poor payouts have really made it not practical.
There are independent association races that make much more sense to attend with the same caliber of competition.
Here is a good analogy:
If you play the lottery, it is not likely that you will win,but if you do,the million or more in prize money is what keeps you playing.
If the lottery had a top prize of $10,would you bother paying $1 every week just for the sake of trying to win?
Bracket racing nor class racing has ever been about the $ for me and those that are smart. Most never win and few win often. If you’re doing this for the $, you’re in trouble. Winning $1,800 on occasion or $18,000 once or twice every decade ain’t going to cover my expenses nor the expenses of any serious racer, not when a new turnkey dragster is $100k and more and a new professionally built turnkey back half door car is $75k and more.
Low payouts are bad for the sport as a whole.
what you all are forgetting[or leaving out]is the national event round money.3rd round loss pays $300,most of your entry back. Same rnd at div.$50 if you're lucky. Agree it's still to low but we all can't be the winner and every little bit helps!
Doing my part to raise the average IQ on this board
3rd round loss was paying $300.00 when the entry fee for car, driver and crew person was $160.00!
TAKE IT TO THE BANK!!!!!
Later, Bill Koski
Board of Directors overhead and lack of fans, show simply takes to long, period. Just my opinion.
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I should of started sooner. Pomona winners check for T/D i got 1395.00. What a let down.
Semi in Phoenix at the Nations in T/D and i got 500.00
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