Well, here is how I see the situation.
We all want that one or two out of 50 to 100 that just end up ballistic The racers that get them either get lucky when they buy one or so motors. The other way is buying 20 or more motors. Heck, it makes money for the track owner and we keep a place to race, the rest of the motors that are not ballistic are about as equal as can be.
One of the best motors I ever had, aside from rewinds from the old days, was a Champion X12. Walked in the raceway, bought new chassis, motor off shelf, used an old wing body, didn't even have time to break in motor. Set up chassis and went and qualified second. By the second heat it was the fastest on the track. It stayed that way for three races then needed refurbing and was never the bullet it was that night; fast but not the same.
We love our hobby and yes, we want to go faster than the guy next to us, but just being there with friends is the adrenaline fix I need.
See ya'll soon I hope at a track near you...