RACING - Fuel altereds to invade Summit Motorsports Park

Of all the classes that poured out of early drag racing, one clearly stands out as the most outrageous. Find a racer who has been around for a number of years and watch the knowing smile form on his face when you mention "Fuel Altered." It is one of the few racing classes that the sanctioning body for professional drag racing, the NHRA, has banned outright. Not that they didn't have their reasons.
Mike Greco
Jun 8, 2010

Of all the classes that poured out of early drag racing, one clearly stands out as the most outrageous.
Find a racer who has been around for a number of years and watch the knowing smile form on his face when you mention "Fuel Altered." It is one of the few racing classes that the sanctioning body for professional drag racing, the NHRA, has banned outright. Not that they didn't have their reasons.
The Mickey Mart Reward Super Chevy Show presented by Donald M. Graham and Associates Friday through Sunday will feature eight nostalgic Fuel Altereds. This is a rare east-of-the-Mississippi gathering of these cars, and some may never be seen this far east again.
Saturday’s show will be the replay of this year's Season Opener, sponsored in part by the Norwalk Reflector. Check in Wednesday’s Reflector for a free coupon to Saturday’s event.
The racing machines designated Fuel Altered came from a time when drag racing was in its infancy, or maybe adolescence. Experimentation with racing combinations of various engines and cars grew wilder and more edgy as time went on.
At that time, new rules were a made as a reaction to a bad idea rather than anticipating them. One basic rule of drag racing was; lighter is better. Another was; the more horsepower, the better. Somewhere there had to be a limit.
Before the axe fell, there came Fuel Altered. The machines were ridiculously light, and they had nitromethane burning Hemi engines that were capable of producing mountains of horsepower. Two things that the Fuel Altered cars never did well was go in a straight line and keep all four wheels on the ground. In fact, there were times when keeping one tire touching the track was a challenge. But, the unruly beasts were more entertaining than anything else in the show.
They would wheelstand, slide sideways, turn half-around and roast the rear tires off of the rims, all at the same time. They drew the wrath of the NHRA, who at the time were attempting to gain some measure of control. A car that resembled a four-wheeled, ill-mannered Brahma Bull with a bad attitude and a short fuse was not what they had in mind. The Fuel Altered was instant history.
The people who watched and waited for the iconic class to race, and the folks that raced them, didn't want to see them go.
In fact, they wouldn't let them go. Fuel Altereds have survived and have become one of the most sought after exhibition classes in all of drag racing.
They’re coming back to Summit Motorsports Park here in Norwalk.
Visitwww.summitmotorsportspark.com to purchase advanced tickets for the Super Chevy Show, or call the track offices at (419) 668-5555.