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The future is bleak

Why is Ford leaving? A. They don't sell race cars. They sell family cars. B. One of their biggest spokesmen just smeared his naked daughter all over the pages of a stick and ball mag. That does what for Ford?  C. Tasca has admitted on TV to getting help and parts from DSR. I'm sure Ford was pleased to hear that.

I'm sure there are some big suits at Ford that have been dying to get rid of motorsports support.  Keep it up guys; the bottom is getting close....

Yep, it's me whining about TV coverage again... a different twist this time. While waiting for the Seattle qualifying pre-empted by, this time, an overrunning AWARDS show, I got this cold feeling... the people in the stadium were not paying the slightest bit of attention to the presentation! The first 20 or so rows from the stage were people standing around talking, technicians packing up, mostly empty seats. I thought about a couple things.

ESPN has about ten different channels. Why couldn't they have put two different broadcasts on two different channels? They did it to us two weeks ago, when they moved qualifying to ESPN at the last minute, so that my DVR could not record it.

If I didn't know better, I'd swear that ESPN treats drag racing and its fans like annoying little kids by constantly ignoring us, and now by rubbing our faces in an event that even the people who attended in person weren't watching is like saying, "look, nobody cares or wants to hear about your stupid two lane car racing. Shut up and go away." At least that's the impression that I, and every one of my lifelong drag racing friends and fans are getting.

I know the future of big time NHRA drag racing is getting pretty bleak.... GOOD! Long live nostalgia and sportsman racing!

Tim Rinkerman
Connecticut

Do the math

Re: Ford bailing on NHRA. The $17.5 million NHTSA fine has nothing to do with Ford bailing. If you figure $20K per car sold, it's only a loss in sales of 875 cars. More Fords are sold in Detroit alone in a week than that.

Drag racing is a tough sell because marketers can get HOURS of TV coverage in NASCAR, every week for similar money as they spend on NHRA. I do believe that the U.S. car makers would have been wise to negotiate that Pro Stock and funny cars actually used production based body styles and the matching brand engines but they blew this years ago. NHRA prefers cookie cutter crap and it's costing them at all levels.

Todd Cooper
Romulus, Michigan