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Shortened drag strip a hot-button item among NHRA faithful

Some fans applaud it. Others despise it. Did the safety-conscious NHRA do the right thing by shortening the quarter-mile drag strip to 1,000 feet? The debate continues, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: July 15, 2008, 3:06 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

There is no consensus on it. Some voices have been raised in support of it and others are shouting their disapproval of it. A small percentage has expressed no opinion, but in the overall picture, the newest face of NHRA POWERade drag racing has not gone unnoticed.

The 29th Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway outside Denver concluded Sunday afternoon, but there have been lingering reverberations throughout the sport caused by the shortened drag strip that went ...

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