He’s found more things to wonder about

Just Wondering… Who the hell at NHRA makes these decisions? Specifically the decision to ignore the first new NHRA doorslammer class with direct factory support from GM, Ford and Mopar in their press releases?  The decision to absolutely ignore the Factory Stock Showdown during the two-hour broadcast of the E-town race on Sunday? Plenty of time for “puff pieces” but they couldn’t find two minutes in the 120-minute Sunday show to give Detroit’s big three a little reward and show real factory hot rods that are purpose-built for drag racing?  

Is it any wonder that Ford and GM’s financial involvement in NHRA drag racing is miniscule when they spend their own money to  built drag racing cars that are sold through their dealerships and (in my opinion) their efforts go unrewarded by the NHRA management? NHRA made a great decision to start the class but did they then decide it was a mistake? Are the Pro Stock teams pressuring them to ignore the class?

Just Wondering… In this era of “buy an ad and get a story journalism” have Tom Compton and crew ever tried to leverage the $12,000,000+ they pay the ESPN network yearly to get more coverage of the sport on the ESPN news shows? If not, why not?

Just Wondering… How many spectators are at an NHRA national event for the actual racing and how many are there for just the “entertainment”? If what I read and hear is true and NHRA is getting its biggest crowds on Saturday when the pros qualifying and not Sunday when they race, would that indicate racing just isn’t that important to the average drag fan anymore?

Just Wondering… Why did the NHRA drop Top Fuel Bike and replace it with Pro Stock Bike? It certainly wasn’t because the fans demanded it! My guess is that change had nothing to do with selling tickets but it had everything to do with motorcycle manufacturers paying off the NHRA.

Just Wondering… What does it say about Drag Racing when the most recognizable, marketable and successful racer in the sport currently is 64 year old team owner/driver John Force?

Just Wondering… Why is it that so many drag racers are sure they can promote a dragstrip much better than the current owner/operator and so few have real success doing so?

Just Wondering… Does anyone still collect diecast drag race cars anymore?

Just Wondering… Why wouldn’t  the NHRA consider reviving the old “Winston Invitational” format  where only the pro classes competed ? Why not have one of the current national event dates open only to the pro classes including Pro Mod. Make it a two-day special event with a couple of qualifying session on a Friday night and racing on Saturday.  I’ll  bet there are track operators that would take the race instead of the traditional national event. To make it attractive to fans and racers make it part of the Mello Yello Championship points. Include Pro Stock Bikes and Pro Mod  please.

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