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Old 06-07-2017
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Default Unrealistic expectations....

At one point will the Doom and Gloom a lot of you have predicted for NHRA professional Drag racing the past 10-15 years take place? I've seen probably 1000 threads here as well as Mater or any other Forum about how Nitro racing's years are numbered, 8 car fields on the Horizon, etc... Yet some of you get mad at me when I simply agree "It's all Over". I'm sure some Nostalgia diehards will throw out the "back in the 70's". Argument for the 500th time. When we see crowds of. 5,000 at Indy or Gainesville with 25-30% full stands, or 7-8 Dragsters and FC's show up...Ill gladly tell you all you were right.
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I was at Indy on Monday and they were lucky if the stands were 30% full. I did a quick estimate of butts in seats based on grandstand dimensions, rows, generic seat width and came up with about 20,000 including those in the pits etc. They might have been there on Sat. and Sun. but it was pretty bare on Monday. I can remember going there and seeing most seats filled and an advertised 50-60,000 in the place.

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its coming up on 10 years for me since I been to a race and I used to attend at least 2 races a year religiously, since the 70's. while i'm somewhat disgruntled about some of the changes over the years, if I had to pinpoint the true reason I don't go anymore is simply me getting older and more lazy, not wanting 6 hours of driving and another 7 hours at the track plus all the people I used to go with are no longer around plus I haven't really run into anyone who's into it enuff to attend live. so I figure i'm the typical dinosaur drag racing fan ur referring to
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Agree here was thinking of going to Norwalk race. Just can't get motivated to drive four hours one way. This is a guy who has driven across he country four times.
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While the actual death-date may have been exaggerated, you cannot argue with the downward trajectory.
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I have not seen that guy that predicted the end 15 times a year for a while now.

The end talk will start again when someone blows a top fuel tire going 345, well not the first guy, they will blame something on the track, but the next one.
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I think people who look for the negative will always find something. The most frustrating thing is folks who are flat out ignoring the positive.

1) There are several new, young drivers and crew chiefs currently licensing and/or participating at the top level. We've seen several announcements on this already this season. (A third of the PS field is under 33 yrs old as an example.)

2) Several sold out events both last year and this year. Obviously, there's people attending the events.

3) TV and media coverage that has been seriously stepped up. Divisional coverage is starting to improve as well.

4) New sponsors continue to come on board with many teams and NHRA itself.

4) Many local venues holding successful big events at the grass roots level including a strong nostalgia presence. I've only heard of one small venue closing in the last two years.

5) Drivers and crew members who are contracted out to places like Australia to assist with teams in other countries. All good PR for the US.

6) New cars being built every year. As I understand it, Bickle has a two year waiting list!

Many more things we could name. Do we wish there were more teams at the Pro level? Of course! Everything in life ebbs and flows. As the organizations continue to be proactive, I think our future will continue on track. Some things might look different but nothing ever stays the same.
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1) All but 2 events not having full fields. Two or three events only having 14 cars. The last one, 2 of the 3 pro categories not full.

2) Record ratings last week. 1.2 million people watched. 1 million of them old people.

3) Approx. half the events unsponsored at the beginning of the year. As of today, 9 are still unsponsored.

4) TF only has 10 cars full time.

5) Manufacturers Midway shrinking

6) Pro payout dismal

Still my favorite sport to view (Online not TV), but not attend. But then again, I'm 50...old.
Family and friends have no interest in the sport and to spend $$$ at old, run down tracks near us.
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1) All but 2 events not having full fields. Two or three events only having 14 cars. The last one, 2 of the 3 pro categories not full.

2) Record ratings last week. 1.2 million people watched. 1 million of them old people.

3) Approx. half the events unsponsored at the beginning of the year. As of today, 9 are still unsponsored.

4) TF only has 10 cars full time.

5) Manufacturers Midway shrinking

6) Pro payout dismal

Still my favorite sport to view (Online not TV), but not attend. But then again, I'm 50...old.
Family and friends have no interest in the sport and to spend $$$ at old, run down tracks near us.
I would guess we don't have factual data to back up the age group of the majority of fans watching the broadcasts? LOL Not sure how we'd verify that but the point is they're watching. I don't know the exact details on national event sponsors but aren't most signed during the same season? Maybe someone else has knowledge on how that works. Frankly, the manufacturers midway is directly related to what's happened with online shopping. While NHRA could certainly have handled that situation better, its now a world where everybody buys online. And a lot of vendors are doing product demonstration videos on social media now so being there in person is more expensive to the business owner and not really necessary in most cases. (In the corporate world, business travel has been drastically reduced due to costs. Its cheaper to Skype meetings etc.) I think even without NHRA's handling, the midway was steadily dropping in vendor attendance on its own.

Lastly, this may be a radical statement but if you doubled the winning purse right now it would not make a difference in car count for TF. YES, I wholeheartedly agree that the purses are seriously lacking. But its a myth that if you only throw money at racers they will attend. There are a lot of other factors. Having said that, a purse restructure is needed for sure.
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1) All but 2 events not having full fields. Two or three events only having 14 cars. The last one, 2 of the 3 pro categories not full.

2) Record ratings last week. 1.2 million people watched. 1 million of them old people.

3) Approx. half the events unsponsored at the beginning of the year. As of today, 9 are still unsponsored.

4) TF only has 10 cars full time.

5) Manufacturers Midway shrinking

6) Pro payout dismal

Still my favorite sport to view (Online not TV), but not attend. But then again, I'm 50...old.
Family and friends have no interest in the sport and to spend $$$ at old, run down tracks near us.
Agree, when Anderson, force, Capps, Kalitta all walk who is gonna be in the stands. I won't watch some 20 year that I have nothing in common with or my age
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