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I've been a longtime friend and racer of Jim Baker. I really enjoy his articles and especially when I'm the star of one of them. We raced together for a lot of years back in the ‘70s and it's great he keeps those memories alive.
Your site is very informative and I especially enjoy Mr. Burk's take on the state of drag racing today. It's truly a shame what NHRA has done to the sport & how they just don't seem to care. TV viewing is nearly impossible and if you're not interested in Nitro racing you seem to be out of luck.
It's really a shame what has happened to Pro Stock and I fear that before too long the class will be gone altogether.
Well, thanks for listening and keep up the good work.
Kay, your piece about journalistic integrity really rang my bell.
I spent many years (35) in the corporate world where I heard such things as:
1. Perception is reality
2. The trouble with you is you would rather be right than get ahead
3. Go ahead, it’s good enough
4. What kind of spin should we put on this?
In my 35 years’ experience, I never heard the words “truth” or “factual” uttered by any marketing or sales people (unless it was part of a story). Two of my corporate employers actually provided me answers to questions I was likely to be asked by customers (R&D types make marketing people nervous).
The fact of the matter is that (excuse my French) marketing and sales types are whores. They will do anything for a buck, and most of them have absolutely no morals.
I have a show car that was once promised a spot on TV if I would bring along a sponsor. I declined. I don’t know how they sleep at night.
This makes it really tough for racers. In this environment racers either must have very deep pockets or sponsors to survive. A racer just has to look the other way and hold out his hand for the money. To me, that’s disgusting, but it ain’t gonna get any better!
Drag racing didn’t start this way, and it sickens me to see the corporate shills get involved. That’s why I will support your nostalgia racing efforts any way I can.