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It just doesn’t add up
I just want to say that I love drag racing and have loved it for over 50 years. I think that the change the NHRA made from ESPN to FOX was absolutely needed and seemed like a great improvement at first, but truthfully I would not watch the TV show if it wasn't for my DVR and fast forwarding.
I think the best thing that they could do for the TV experience would be to cut the broadcast to 1 hour. The fuel classes race for just 1 minute each and the pro stocks race for less than 2 minutes each. So 5 or 6 minutes of racing should not drag on for 3 hours.
Drag racing is all about fast action and that is how it should be shown.
Just my .02
The view is rosy from Northern California
I am a 15-year veteran of Sonoma Raceway Track Ambassador program. I see a lot of what goes on at the track.
This and last year were possibly the BEST racing and attendance ever… Sunday NHRA BIG SHOW was SOLD OUT! NASCAR was close to sellout the last two seasons.
IndyCar is the smallest major event held at the track that is a traveling show event.
The track does NOT host Alcohol Funny Cars or Dragsters because it would cost them $30K or so, among other reasons. When the Alcohol cars were there at the Division 7 race spectators wanted to know when the NITRO cars would be there…
I love the sport and there are many race shops on the premises for sports car racers, car builders, etc. With only 1 major event for each sport there is a certain geographical isolation for the racers.
I appreciated the article about the future of the sport, but it seems to be going strong here.
I just got back from the CHRR and the stands and pits were very busy on Saturday… Sunday not so much. The racers were not happy due to NHRA changes mandated at the event. But as a spectator I really enjoy the Nostalgia and Pro Mod racing. I know many racers and they try very hard to put on a good show for the fans.
The future is not knowable, but from here in NorCal it looks good!