Just Wondering again before the Winternationals

Just Wondering… How can we in the drag racing media hope to see stories regarding professional drag racing  placed in mainstream media outlets when the most talked about and written about story over the 2013 winter dealt with what Top Fuel rising star Spencer Massey allegedly said at the NHRA banquet and whether Don Schumacher Racing’s press releases regarding his firing and rehiring of Spenser were truthful. To quote a colleague of mine, “That story is a nothing-burger” and no one outside of drag racing’s hard core and insiders give a damn about that story.

What didn’t get written about much is the fact that professional drag racing became the first major motorsports series in North America to have an African-American as a professional class World Champion or that in winter tests nitro cars continued to record top speeds over 330 mph despite NHRA’s efforts to slow them down, or the new Australian-based Top Fuel team driven by three-time NHRA Top Fuel World Champ Larry Dixon and tuned by one of the best tuner/crew chiefs in the sports history, Lee Beard, or the fact that NHRA’s gross revenues are down 20% the last five years. they’re all pertinent sports stories with wide appeal and interest but evidently not important enough to present as ideas for stories.

Just Wondering… Why the huge list from the NHRA PR department announcing which NHRA stars that would be at the pre-race News Conference at the Pomona Fairgrounds just prior to the first nitro qualifying lap of the 2013 Winternationals didn’t include Larry Dixon or Lee Beard. Are those two guys not NHRA stars or did they just turn down their invitations?

Just Wondering… Why professional drag racing doesn’t get more of Corporate America’s advertising dollars. There isn’t any other sport that offers the diversity that drag racing does, especially in drivers of the elite professional classes. No other sport that I know of can come close to the every-person appeal drag racing has.  NASCAR-the largest recipient of Corporate America’s advertising dollar in motorsports has yet to have a woman, an African-American or Hispanic champion like drag racing has.

Think about it, professional drag racing is as culturally and ethnically diverse as possible. Professional drag racing is the only major sport in America where men and women compete at the highest levels with no quarter asked nor given. Discrimination based on skin color, ethnic background, gender, sexual preference, political affiliation, or age is virtually non-existent. Because the stars of professional drag racing come from virtually every segment of the American society -- as does its fan base -- any company looking for a billboard or spokesman for any product from beer to  bras, cars to condoms or auto-parts to auto-erotica should be advertising with the National Hot Rod Association.

Just Wondering… Did you know that Don Schumacher won his last trophy as an NHRA Funny Car racer at Pomona 40 years ago.

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