I understand what you were saying Mark, and I agree with you totally. However, the NHRA has gone to a "Playoff" point format which qualifies only the top 10 competitors in each pro category to compete for the title of Champion. The championship is decided in the six races that follow the U.S. Nationals. All the points that the top ten competitors have earned during the year are discarded and a "Dummy" set of points is assigned to each of the competitors, starting with 2000 points for the 10th place driver and increasing by 10 points for each of the higher ranked drivers. What it means is that a team, through hard work and dedication could have built up a huge points lead of 250-300 points by U.S. Nationals time, but that lead is trimmed back to the artificial lead that is assigned. A season's worth of hard work can be tossed down the toilet just to satisfy the NHRA's biased attempt to "level the field" and create more interest in the final six races. To me it boils down to NHRA's greed and desire to plant more paying customer's butts in the seats at those last races.
I'll be honest with you, I have also totally lost all interest in NASCAR racing also because of their stupid "stages" during races and their ridiculous (to me) fanatic belief that winning races is the most important thing in determining a championship. I remember the 1985 Nascar championship race between Bill Elliott and Darrell Waltrip. Elliott won 11 races that year and Waltrip only 3. Elliott dominated the super-speedway races but his short track, medium length, and road course program was total futility. In those races, he couldn't get out of his own way. Waltrip won the title because of a better overall performance spanning the entire season. I'm sorry, that's the way I still think it should be.
OK, off my soapbox.