Maybe the NHRA truly just doesn’t get it.
Maybe they just don’t understand true race fans are no longer
interested in forking out hundreds of dollars to watch nitro cars
compete in quarter-mile burnout contests.
When thirteen of sixteen races are won in the same lane in the same
round, which occurred this past weekend in the first round of the
SummitRacing.com Nationals at Las Vegas Dragway, there is a serious
problem. A problem not explained away by suggesting the track was hot,
because both lanes were under the same sunny conditions yet one lane
was garbage and the other was a little bit better.
The NHRA's defense of the product touts attendance figures which are at
an all time high. While attendance may be up, the quality of the
product is moving in the opposite direction.
On television, the presentation looked horrible. In person it was even
worse. Event after event, one of the announcers stands on the wall
prior to the finals and delivers his traditional speech of gratitude to
those in attendance. “We realize you have many options when spending
your entertainment dollar and on behalf of the NHRA, we’d like to thank
you for spending it with us.”