"But....in top fuel, although everyone has the same parts, some teams can afford more of those parts within their means....tune things more to the limit. The can also afford the tighter safety rules as well. So they get to keep racing while the guys with less money are pushed out cause they can't qualify, or afford the safety equipment. Not whining...just saying that's what it looks like. " That's been true since the very first car in the very first drag race! Some teams have won over the years by ingenuity and innovation, not money ( I realize today's rules really limit this), and, oh, what's it called......great driving!