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"The fans, they weren't disappointed or dissatisfied with the show they'd seen, but they had seen and experienced enough for the day and they had other things to do. I feel this is an indicator that many of the fans now attending NHRA national events are there for the “experience” and are not hard-core racing fans who really care about numbers, points, etc."
When I was married, we usually left after the second round of nitro racing. My wife usually appreciated going to an air conditioned movie at 2 or 230 on a hot afternoon after 3 or 4 hours at the track.
Greetings, just finished reading the Tom Compton interview and while he shared a lot of background and numbers from research I was saddened, even devastated at his categorical tone in regards to a return to the decision not to return to quarter-mile racing. So sad...
There is an old adage that goes something like: "Figures lie and liars figure." From my own experience, having worked with people who come from an accounting background I totally understand how they see the world from a bean counting perspective. There are plenty of times where we need that expertise. This view however fails to live up to Mr. Compton's own measure, of trying to satisfy all sectors of the racing community. It seems at this point he's ONLY interested in satisfying the Pro Nitro teams and will use the numbers at his disposal to justify the decision to stay with 1000 ft racing, and yet someone so experienced as Don Garlits thinks it's too short to make it a good show.
Further allowing the Pro Nitro teams to set the racing yardstick is akin to having the inmates running the asylum.
I'm so pleased that my local track continues to run cars the full quarter mile and I will continue to support the racing there.
Spoken like a true cheeseball salesman... uughhhhh, what a tool!
Clinton Township, Michigan