ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... NO SENSE IN GOING EIGHTEEN RACES FOR PRO STOCK
By a large majority of votes, NHRA drag racing fans see no benefit to Pro Stock downsizing to 18 races in the future. CompetitionPlus.com's Question of the Week asked readers if they felt the rumored 18-race schedule would help improve the eliminator's health, and they responded with a whopping 71-percent majority of 7,900 votes cast that the class would see no benefit.
Our Facebook community weighed in on the popular debate.
"They really should have thought of this when they changed the rules to EFI, that pushed a lot of the small teams out of the sport," offered Steve Stanley.
"Is T/F going to cut back to 18 races also since they can't get full fields either?" Tim Westmoreland asked.
"A shorter schedule will just reduce exposure for the class and increase the speed of the death spiral," wrote Walter Nash of Tucson, Arizona.
"The real problems, as others here have identified, include runaway costs and no brand identification. Thus, there is no substantial factory interest or sponsorship from automotive or non-sport indigenous sources.
"The current crop of real factory hot rods (COPO Camaros, Cobra Jet Mustangs, etc.) are given no real support or exposure by the NHRA (probably because they want the factories to pony up big money to be the clowns in the circus who bring folks to their event – same thing the NHRA does to Pro Mod which is a heavily subscribed class with real interest). Makes no sense to do this.
"Why not make those cars Pro Stock: let the fans see cars racing that look like what they can buy and the cars that the factories really sells.
"These are the same folks in Glendora who are paralyzed to reduce costs in TF and FC and stand idly by as the fields diminish and the quality of the field declines."