i just got this email from a friend in the US , he sent me the original article .
The Chinese nitro is still being made in China at a specially constructed plant. It is imported to the US by Wego Chemical Company in NY. It is made by a different process than the Angus (now Dow Chemical as of 2 or 3 years ago) nitro. A test was done on the three nitro products that were available in 1996 and they found the Chinese nitro to be more pure than the Angus nitro, and much more pure than the product that VP was selling at the time. Those results may not hold up now, but they were accurate at the time the products were tested.
Nitro has become THE topic of discussion on the Internet and amongst the teams in NHRA. The cost of the exotic fuel has been 600-650 US dollars for the past few years. This past fall VP fuels (the official fuel supplier to the NHRA) announced they they had the exclusive to Angus nitro and Wego nitro (both were the suppliers to Fuel retailers Sunoco and VP). Sunoco could not buy the product from either. Was the formation of this partnership was announced the price went up 50 % to 900.00 per barrel. An increase that could ambient to 60-100k for the larger teams in the NHRA. Because of this increase a couple teams with Asian contacts brought in a Chinese brand of Nitro that proved to be every bit as good a product as the stuff Angus and VP sold. To top this off, VP just signed with the NHRA as the official fuel supplier to the POWERade series. This is certainly not going to set well with the teams as witnessed on various message boards. Don Schumacher is quoted as saying when one thread about this controversy was pulled from a pro NHRA message board, " I wonder if someone from NHRA was unhappy with this thread"? Will the price stay high or will other suppliers such as Sunoco (who were left out in the cold on this deal) be allowed to supply teams with other off brand nitro? This is a topic that will be discussed at length.
To some nitro teams, this might be the worst Friday the 13th ever. The NHRA issued word that only nitromethane from an NHRA accepted supplier may be brought on site or used on site at any NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event. What this amounts to, is unless the NHRA approves the Chinese alternative brought in by one of the teams testing in Las Vegas, it will be illegal for use in competition. Any team caught using nitro outside of the two current sources of Angus and Wego will be banned from competition.
The NHRA cited security, safety, long term availability of both a domestically produced and imported supply of nitromethane, and contend this move is in the best interests of the sport. As of February 12, 2004, the accepted suppliers are now DOW/Angus and Wego. Both fuels are exclusively distributed by VP Racing Fuels.
The debate over nitro came to a boil in December when VP Race Fuels brokered a contract to not only become the exclusive distributor of Angus, but also Chinese-produced Wego. Wego had been previously branded by Sunoco Race Fuels. Officials from Sunoco reported they were never given the opportunity to bid for the contract.
Following the new Wego and VP Race Fuels alliance, the price of a drum of nitro increased from $650 to $900.