The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals were last weekend at Charlotte (and also were rained out on Sunday, meaning that all three American racing series raced on Monday) and while reviews were generally positive, it lost a little bit of the novelty that it had as an exhibition race.
Fans complained that the event went by too quickly (when was the last time race fans said that?) and drivers, including John Force, who won in Funny Car, didn't give it a thumbs up.
And today, PRO, the Professional Racers Owners Organization, sent a letter to the NHRA and Bruton Smith saying that they won't race four-wide for points anymore. The vote was 60-3 in favor.
Along with obvious concerns like safety and the chaos that ensues when the start field is doubled, no. 4 on the list is, well, interesting.
"4.) Circus like atmosphere – We felt that the event turned into novelty like event, similar to that of the WWE, rather than a race for points towards the NHRA World Championship."
We'll see how Smith and the NHRA respond in the next couple days. From the tone of the letter, I have a hard time envisioning a Four-Wide Nationals on the NHRA schedule in 2011.