Thanks for the support guys, I have quite a few connections or avenues I can take but am proceeding cautiously. I would like to shoot an NHRA event ie top fuel, and have all my insurance and same gear as others, just never felt they had the interest in sending me. I'd rather trade for my NHRA shooters permit, lol. As for Drag Illustrated, It's considered that media has to be provided by NHRA or an event photographer, they cannot fill in with images, it could be the wrong one. Both IMO are responsible.
I find that they did have a photographer at the event, but maybe when you see the shot you would understand Why they didn't use it. Rule Number One, Try to stay away from shots with empty stands.
See the attached image