Terry, I understand keeping it simple, but you can only keep simple in Check by paying very little money. And even then sometimes there will be someone who will rain on your party just because they want to win something and money is no matter to them or you have someone who just needs to test and will come to make their test session free.
I have a Customer who can run 4.40's right now with a Backhalf car on 10.5W's @ 3000 lbs, the car can take 34.5's and get under 2700 lbs.
This is what is wrong with unlimited power adder classes... the cars have just gotten to fast... well some of them..
You can usually draw a few cars a few times.. but once racers see they are just donating money to the cause, they will usually stop or back up a class, with the back half that ran "Pro Street" when it got to fast, they put on small tires and went Super Street or Outlaw 10.5 type of class racing, well now that those quicker cars around here run 4.50 or 6.80's (or Faster) there is no where for the guys who cars dont compete to step back anymore... And the classes die..
Pro Mod or unlimited Door Slammer works because it is the top of the food chain, any of these classes cost almost as much to run as ProMod.. So there will be guys who will move up to those classes and there seems to be enough people who will replace the racers who are dropping out, it is just not so with the other back half classes,
Simple would be great if it would still work, the days where you had Outlaw Big Tire and Outlaw small tire we fun and there were cars who showed up to run them... but it just doesnt work like that anymore sadly to say.
Years ago Super Stock and Drag Illustrated magazine came up with a cool new heads up class for the low Dollar Racer.
Econo Mod... very few rules, Tire Size max 11 inches I believe, there had to be a Plate under the carb with 4 certain sized holes, and there was a 2.5 inch outlet size restrictor on the header collector... they had cars and they ran mid to low 10's and it was a pretty good deal, until a guy showed up with an ex Comp Eliminator motor that was in the small 300 inches and promptly ran low 9's.. So much for the Econo part of the rules and the class did not even make it to its first Birthday..
The point of this is, figure out which classes have cars already supporting a certain type of rules, or figure out rules for cars that their combinations have no class to run in..
When Carl and I worked on the rules for MAKO, it was aimed at all the Heavy older cars who did not fit into the rules and classes that favored the light weight late model Mustangs.
Big Tire Backhalf classes went away for lack of cars, Outlaw 10.5 at Tulsa is not going to be scheduled this year for lack of cars, so unless someone other than the track gets them organized and back out racing it is on its way out.
There are alot of cars running ProMod.. there are alot cars running True 10.5 type of classes, there are alot of cars running Drag Radial... Right now that is where you can draw for an extended period of time..