Yes he is, ever since Dave McLelland retired. Dave Rieff and Mike Dunn are on TV
@Skip: NHRA didn't buy into anything, they let Force do modifications to the Mustang body mold he had so the new bodies would resemble the Camaro more, they changed the front, altered the sides and some more in the process, the roof stayed the same tho'...remember, he only had 2 months to do it and to do a completely new body from scratch takes a lot longer than that. I think he will have new Camaro bodies for next year....but they will most likely be a blob as all others and even the TMFC bodies are better. The problem here is that the bodies for FC and PS today are approved by NHRA and made according to their specifications...so there is where the changes have to be made.
They have been running TBI's in NASCAR a couple of years now and that seems to work fine. Yes there are power to be made with EFI, but I think NHRA decided on TBI for two reasons, first, a TBI setup is most likely cheaper than a set of fully modified specially built Holley Dominators they use today (they also need two sets of carbs for each engine, one set when they dyno the engine and one set for the races where the dyno set doesn't work as well, with a TBI they just change the mapping), and the TBI's will fit on the manifolds they use now, second, I believe NHRA don't want the progress to get out of control and still want to have some control over it...good or bad...well...we'll see next year...remember computers are not allowed to control and regulate anything in drag racing, just for monitoring, and everything must be adjusted before the run...and I think they haven't changed that rule. If racers want to go more extreme there are classes for that, Pro Mod allows almost everything except Nitro.
Yes a Hemi Barracuda or Dart couldn't go as SS/E as it has too much HP and too little weight, a heavier car with Hemi could fit in as Sox & Martin's later Superbird did, but not the A-bodied Barracuda's and Dart's. The AHRA Super Stock Eliminator class wich were for new or nearly new cars ran heads up began in 1968 but the class didn't have points until 1969, and the NHRA Pro Stock Category wich was pretty much the same came for the 1970 season. Sox & Martin's mechanic/engine builder Jake King painted all the engines he built Ford Engine Blue as a homage to his own time racing Ford's and to recognize his work.
No they certainly don't, the so called Dodge Charger's DSR uses don't look like Charger's, the Toyota Camry's used by Kalitta Racing and the Pedregons don't look like Camry's either, and the Camaro's and Dart's in Pro Stock doesn't look like the cars they are supposed to be...NHRA has let it go too far. I don't even like the where the Nostalgia Funny Cars have evolved to, they are a lot better and you can for sure see what car they are supposed to be but in my opinion they have gone a bit too far with their low sides and even many of them have the undesirable wedge shape. If you don't like the corporate sponsorship and billboard cars we have today you have to blame Tom McEwen and Don Prudhomme for that as they were the first to do it, it's a professional sport and they need money to do it as it costs somewhere between 3 and 4 million Dollars per car per year to run a top level championship contending nitro car, Pro Stock isn't that far behind with at least 2 to 3 million Dollars per car to do a season. I don't know the answer but I think they maybe have to go back more to the roots to be more interesting, get more factory involvement, and for sure, the sport don't need any of the "fabricated phoney drama" the TV production companies often want's it to be...it's racing and it should be exciting enough without that. I'm involved in drag racing over here and the friendship in the pits is great and you can go to almost anyone and borrow parts if you need something, we are enemies at the starting line but when the race is over the hostilities are also over and most are great friends. I'm not that sure Live broadcasting is good for the sport either, oildowns and rain destroy the fun and you can do more good doing something else than look at the NHRA people drying or prepairing the track. it's no good for the economy for the racers eiter as they have to have more people on the payroll and more hardware to be able to meet the deadlines as the time between rounds are getting shorter and shorter wich Live broadcasting demands. But this type of racing needs TV for the sponsors as they want to be seen of as many as possible, if you don't have any TV coverage you can't get sponsors and the sport will...maybe not die but not far from it as you can't get any money from it, like it's over here in Europe, almost no TV coverage and finding sponsors that pay any money are almost impossible and the prize money for winning a race are rediculously low and doesn't cover the costs to race by far.
I think there are some bugs in the system here and there, I uploaded a couple of pictures here and added them to a post yesterday and the appear every time I try to edit a post after that so I have to edit again and take them away every time, and if i delete them from the uploaded images box under the reply box they dissappear from the original post I added them to.
Sox & Martin ran many cars in different classes and sanctioning bodies back then. The Hemi Barracuda's and Dart's were classed SS/B or SS/BA first as the sanctioning bodies (most likely NHRA) thought something even hotter would come out from the factories and wanted to save the A weight break for them, later they were classed SS/A or SS/AA as nothing hotter came and these cars now have their own classification SS/AH. The "Super Stock Eliminator" class mentioned was a heads up 9 second AHRA class and has nothing to do with the NHRA SS/E weight break and was pretty much like the later NHRA Pro Stock class.
I don't know when the blue headlight thing started, I have seen S & M cars with blue headlights as early as 1967 but it's not on all cars, maybe it was a way to recognize one car from another as they ran several similar cars at the same time.
I have a couple of pictures of a Sox & Martin '68 Barracuda and a '68 with a '69 nose where it had Pro 1262 on the wind screen, so it must have been at least as late as 1970, I also have some pictures of the B/Gas '69. Sox & Martin ran several cars in different classes with different drivers both in NHRA and AHRA and they had the Pro Stock '70 'Cuda at that time. I believe the sanctioning bodies allowed the racers to upgrade the body style back in the day and I have also seen Hemi Barracudas with the '69 nose, but that's not allowed today as the only classified A-bodies with Hemi's are the '68 Barracuda and Dart as it's the only year they were available from the factory, no '69's were ever made with Hemi's.