Just Wondering while waiting for the racing to start

Just Wondering... Considering the fact that the NHRA gross receipts have dropped about 25 million dollars from its peak of $122+ million just a few years ago, why doesn’t the NHRA management admit that they have to make some serious changes in their current program to attract more fans old and new? We can’t keep blaming the weather and the economy for the lack of interest and just do nothing.

Just Wondering... If the NHRA really wants to bring back some fans who have quit coming to NHRA national events, why don’t they return Top Fuel and Funny Car to quarter-mile racing? After the 330-mph runs during winter testing, the NHRA tech department is going to slow the Top Fuel and Funny Cars down. I say slow ‘em down enough to make quarter-mile racing safe again.

Just Wondering... I know that we are living in the world of the short attention span, but seriously. Are races that last less than four seconds really worth an eighty-dollar or more ticket price to attend a NHRA national event?

Just Wondering... Does Tom Compton and the NHRA get any respect from ESPN for the $10,000,000 the network gets paid every year to broadcast NHRA’s national events? The answer is a resounding NO! ESPN is conducting a fan pole for the greatest athletes ever, including race car drivers. They didn’t include a single drag racing choice. What, Garlits, Muldowney, or Force don’t fit the criteria? The answer is that ESPN doesn’t give a damn about drag racing!

Just Wondering... Was anyone from the NHRA watching the broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson auction when they did a feature with the GM exec who was bragging on their rear-wheel drive SuperSport Chevy and GM’s involvement with NASCAR? Did they hear him when he stated, “We’re going to put the Stock back in Stock Car Racing”? Wonder if we are going to see any of those SS Chevys in the outdated and out-of-touch NHRA Pro Stock division?

Just Wondering... After the NHRA made the hard decision to cut the number of issues of National Dragster by almost half (25 a year instead of 48) for financial reasons, will the next move to save money be to reduce the number of races that are televised on ESPN?

Just Wondering... Can the NHRA Pro Mod Series attract a major sponsor without being an actual NHRA professional class or part of the NHRA TV broadcast? I think it will be very difficult for them to do that.

Just Wondering... Why doesn’t the new RPM (Real Pro Mod) group of businessmen, which includes executives from Aeromotive and JEGS, look into funding a TV show working with Lucas Oil’s Mav-TV network? The racers/businessmen who race NHRA Pro Mod might have a chance of that happening if they pledged to advertise on the show.

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