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Jeff, you are right. Everything in life is about the money, Lebowski. Too few are swimming in it to afford an NHRA ticket. If they do have the cash they are playing in their Ferrari etc. Plain and simple those that can afford it don't have any interest in drag racing. Too many yahoos want to look cool on the street instead of a controlled environment. Plus, it isn't as easy to show off on the drag strip when you someone in the other lane that could bet you at anytime. NHRA is another greedy company that can't buck up and take a hit in their own wallet to put on a good affordable product.
I find myself agreeing with the Burk's Blast points about NHRA.
As far as less track prep, maybe they should go back to the 1966 method? A track that is scraped and washed down. Let the racers make power to match the tracks and set their cars up for what they get. Just might encourage less expensive racing.
With so few cars in the A/Fuel class and the car count going down in the Nostalgia Top Fuel class, the A/Fuelers should be told to step up to Top Fuel or go down to 7.0 Pro. People don't pay to see A/Fuel. Drag racing as a whole needs to look at classes that don't work out for the spectator and the race track. I feel the spectator should come first all the time.
Three comments on NHRA national events:
First, I have been struck over the past several months how the sound levels of the ESPN race broadcasts have been very inconsistent. One minute the engine sounds are subdued and the speaking is very understandable, and the next it seems that the mic level has been turned down and the car sounds up so loud that it almost drowns out the announcer or pit reporter. As a viewer of the broadcasts I find it very annoying to have times when I cannot hear what is being said about the car on track or racer because the sound level of the car is loud enough to make me turn down the sound on my TV so as not to disturb my neighbors. If this trend continues, I will probably have to record the race and watch it in the middle of the day on my next day off, which is like watching the Cubs on tape delay -- very frustrating when you already know the outcome.