Since were in a kicking up dirt mood this offseason... Im curious if anyone else feels the same way as me. NHRA made the Pro Mod guys now have shifting of the cars be a process controlled by the driver.... my take on their opinion is that a performance based class should have the driver controlling the basic functions of the car. The driver's ability to launch the car, keep it straight, and shift accurately is part of the "race". Comp is a performance based class. It is also the only performance based class where your ability to beat your opponent by the least amount possible directly relates to your next round performance. For stick shift racers in Comp, we have more of opportunity to make mistakes (hitting a rev limiter/short shifting), and less time to judge our opponent since we have to focus on shifting correctly the first half the track. Seems like a unfair playing field that could easily be adjusted. Could we make auto transmission shifting a function of the driver? ( You could use a button or whatever... but no timers or controllers). Since all the auto shifters Ive seen use an air valve or electric solenoid.. it would just take a button and 4 feet of wire to change over.