couple of observations Few thoughts on this: This is a legitimate question for some of the Comp 'Vets' on here. How much more expensive is it to be competitive in Comp in the last 5-10 years than it was in days gone by? I'm looking solely at the cost of running the car. Take increased travel/fuel expenses out of the equation. Just looking at the car/racing expense. After thinking on this for a few days, could it be that the 'average' comp run these days is much closer to permanent CIC hit than it used to be? With the average being closer to the Permanent mark, more Monday hits, more money devoted to more hp, other innovations. Would a shift in indexes to move the average away from the permanent CIC mark help? As far as getting the little guy to the track, it would appear to me that with the low car counts we have seen the past few years, it would be easier than ever for a little guy to show up to a race, qualify and have a shot at a round or two with all the red lights these days. The economy is obviously a huge factor, but TD and TS have also really cut into the potential Comp Racer pool. Before those classes really got popular in NHRA, and you could even trace it to their rise in IHRA, a good chunk of those racers might have raced Comp. More purse ain't gonna happen any time soon. Bonus funds, whether funded by sponsors or extra money from racers, side pots, etc., are a big help, but the focus needs to be on making comp healthy enough to survive without these. I have floated an idea around for a while to really restructure the sportsman ranks. I don't know if this could really apply to Comp, but it might. Basically it would phase out the .90 indexes and create dial in classes from Top Dragster/Top Sportsman, down to slower dial ins, maxing around 11.00. Stock and SS would still run the same. Comp could as well. The goal of this would be to create continuity of classes and dials from the local level to the national level, and try to create a national and divisional points system that had some local races as well. Sportsman racing really needs a big bump from the grass roots local level. I don't know how Comp would do at a local level. If we can't get cars to a divisional, what makes you think there would be enough show up to a local race? I know that's a legit question. If there were some local races, even if they wasn't part of the divisional/national points structure, maybe some more racers that have the 'want-to' to play this game called Comp, but maybe not the time or funds to chase it much outside their local area, would get involved. Maybe it's the guy who just has a Super Pro Dragster that decides he wants to lighten his car up, put some go fast parts on his car and see how fast he can make it. When there was a Modified in IHRA, the thought crossed my mind a few times. I think there are more than a few bracket racers out there who would enjoy going back to the day of trying to make your car faster. Somehow bridging the gap to getting them into the realm of Comp is the trick.