FEEDBACK FRIDAY – MY TAKE WITH STAN CREEKMORE
Mr. Creekmore, I agree with all said in your article . But most of all I agree with the need for live t.v. coverage. It can be done with shorter turnaround times - I suggest showing alky Funny Cars and dragsters, Top Fuel, Nitro Funny Cars, Pro Stock cars and Bikes. Also put some reporters in the pits for interviews with crew chiefs, they always are talking to NASCAR crew chiefs and it seems always to be about tires and or do they have enough fuel to finish, I'm sure NHRA crew chiefs could talk about something better than that . I also feel that after every run they should try to talk to the crew chief before they leave the starting line area . The t.v. sound of drag racing does not capture the true sound a fuel car makes so I feel the sound needs to improve greatly. There's so many things that could be done with dragracing for a liveshow but yet its only talked about and not done . Whats wrong is when the t.v. show is delayed 45 minutes for little league baseball ( nothing against little league) is just wrong . NHRA's t.v. package is weak at best . So thats my take . - Robert Keelan Jr.
This article is right on track and references to the other to articles is also on track but what is missing is the largest hurdle of all for the NHRA. It is the perception by the fans and racers (non-pros] that NHRA simply doesn't care about them and considers them filler.
Now right or wrong doesn't much matter at this point because perception has become reality and NHRA is either oblivious to this or truly doesn't care.
This is driving competitors and fans away to other series. Not just the ADRL, which is syphoning fans and racers at a pretty good rate, but all the local and region series that have come across that they really are happy to see the racers and fans at their series and really do care if they are happy.
So until the NHRA is willing to accept the perception as a problem there will NOT be any changes that would help the grouth of the sport and this erosion to other series will continue.
One final thought and I know this has been brought up before. The people leading NHRA have to understand that you can not run this like a regular business. It takes a certain kind of promotor who understands what it takes to make the people and racers happy. Just a couple of examples: the Baders and all the people at the ADRL. Someday they might also accept this but I am not holding my breath though I do look pretty good in Blue. - Jim Burke
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