Wondering in the summer heat

Just Wondering... Am I the only one who thought that ESPN’s live broadcast from the national event at Epping, New Hampshire, was one of the best broadcasts they have ever done? Kudos to the entire ESPN broadcast team. I’ll bet that even the late Steve Evans, who adamantly opposed live broadcasts of drag racing, would have liked this one.

Just Wondering... If the U.S. Nationals is the most important and prestigious race in all of drag racing, why wouldn’t they do that live? Based on what the ESPN delivered from Epping I would pay-per-view to see the U.S. Nationals broadcast live.

Just Wondering... Was the racing on Sunday at Epping the best you’ve ever seen? I say it was. The racing had every factor a hard-core NHRA fan could want: There was ultra close side-by-side, no lift races, holeshot wins and losses, and “pedalfest” racing including the ultra rare Pro Stock pedalfest during eliminations.

Just Wondering... Would anyone agree with me that the three hours of live NHRA Drag Racing from Epping was better and more interesting from start to finish that ANY NASCAR three-hour broadcast?

Just Wondering... Who would have ever, ever believed that NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams could completely service a car (even one with a blown engine!) in less that 40 minutes and be ready to race?

Just Wondering... Are there any other professional motorsports including F-1 or Enduro race teams that can do what an NHRA nitro team is doing in the time they are doing it? I don’t think so.

Just Wondering... When Dave Reiff is telling the fans at home that the track is jam-packed with fans or “they are hanging from the rafters” why does the director then have a panning shot of the track that shows almost completely empty sections of the stands? Reiff is just doing his job but the director isn’t, in my opinion.

Just Wondering... Why don’t the ESPN TV directors at NHRA events make the camera guys tighten up the shot of the cars going down track when the stands are way less than full? Why show viewers the grandstands unless, of course, they actually happen to be full or almost full.

Just Wondering... Is the IHRA schedule of Nitro Jams that during the summer months is almost averaging two races or more per month starting to take its toll on the IHRA touring pro racers? Most are hobby/pro racers and not used to the kind of pace they’re enduring now.

Just Wondering... Has anyone else noticed that at more and more NHRA national events Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock teams are not running all of the qualifying sessions? When there are only 16 cars entered for a 16-car field what is the motivation for the back-marker underfunded teams to wear out their crews, cars and parts making four qualifying passes? A minority of today’s NHRA pro teams have the kind of sponsorship that requires them to answer the call for every qualifying session. I don’t see this situation changing anytime soon even at races where there are 18-20 teams entered.

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