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CRUNCHING THE VIEWERSHIP NUMBERS FROM NHRA’S LIVE NETWORK TELEVISION DEBUT

Live NHRA drag racing at the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals attracted 902,000 viewers (0.6 rating) to its major network television debut Sunday afternoon. These numbers initially reported on SportsMediaWatch.com, indicated the show garnered a 50-percent increase in ratings and 74-percent viewership from last season's 0.4, 519K ESPN broadcast.  

The race day initial broadcast was fourth highest of the season behind Englishtown (1.1 Million), Atlanta (1.4 Million) and Las Vegas (1.3 Million). Those races were aired on FS1 with a NASCAR lead in. 

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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Mopar Mile High Nationals winners John Force, Tony Schumacher, Allen Johnson, and Andrew Hines all go WFO to discuss their win at Thunder Mountain. NHRA National Dragster's Kevin McKenna gives his "hot takes" from the weekend, Seth Angel previews NHRA fantasy for Sonoma, and Danny "Poe" Pomponio III talks about winning the Lucas Oil Series Eastern Regional race at New England Dragway. The NHRA's Alan Reinhart recaps Denver and previews the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals with host Joe Castello.

 

 

 

 

 

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HALE CAPS EVENTFUL DENVER RACE ON HIGH NOTE

When John Hale arrived at Bandimere Speedway, he was going to run the Circle K-sponsored Funny Car for Jim Dunn Racing. Hale’s plans changed when the body was damaged during Saturday’s Q3 session.

“I love that Circle K on the car, I don’t love it when that body gets banged up,” said Hale, who is in his second season driving for Jim Dunn Racing. “There’s nothing more than we would like to do out here than do well for Circle K, but we’ve had some bad luck with that car.”

DEJORIA HAS ROUGH MILE-HIGH NATIONALS

This is 12 hours of Alexia DeJoria’s drag racing life she would like to erase.

In Saturday night’s final qualifying session at the 2016 Mile-High Nationals, DeJoria made a career-best run at Bandimere Speedway, stopping the clock at 3.975 seconds at 318.69 mph.

IHRA INTENDS AUSTRALIAN EXPANSION

 

Following the conclusion of the inaugural 400 Thunder Drag Racing Season Championship, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is set to increase its commitment to Australian Drag Racing. 

Owned by IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), , the IHRA sanctions more than 100 member tracks across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.

IRG Sports + Entertainment Chief Executive Officer, Chris Lencheski said the Australian market has become a major focus for IHRA as a result of the success of 400 Thunder.

FROM PRANK CALLER TO ANNOUNCER - JOE CASTELLO'S WFO ROAD TO DRAG RACING

 

Is your refrigerator running?

Yes? Well then you better go catch it.

Famously, that line is one of the most well-known jokes in the world of prank phone calls, and it is just the type of witty banter that gave NHRA announcer and host of WFO Radio Joe Castello his big break.

BOURKE, POMPONIO WIN IN NEW ENGLAND NHRA DIV. 1 LODRS

In the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the New England Dragway  Night of Fire presented by the New England Ford Dealer and Napa Auto Parts Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., and Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
 
Bourke worked his way through the field and ran 5.426 seconds at 272.17 mph in his final round victory over Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., who clocked in at 5.669 seconds, 255.58 mph. Bourke, the No. 2 qualifier, left first and never looked back in defeating Hart who qualified No. 1.

ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY EXTENDS NHRA AGREEMENT

Officials from the NHRA and Royal Purple Raceway near Houston announced that they have reached a multi-year contract extension for the NHRA SpringNationals.
              
In the agreement, the track will continue to host NHRA national events well into the future.

ASHER'S DENVER INSIDER - FINAL EDITION

Jon Asher, the seasoned Senior Editor for CompetitionPlus.com, will bring you his four decades worth of insight to NHRA RACE Nationals from NHRA Mile High Nationals. Follow along daily with the seasoned journalist as he brings you this weekend's race from a different angle - HIS!

COMPETITIONPLUS QUESTION OF THE WEEK - WHO WOULD MAKE THE BETTER FUNNY CAR DRIVER

In this week's CompetitionPlus.com Question of the Week, we are going to take a humorous angle. Which one of these movie/television action icons could manhandle a 10,000 horsepower fuel Funny Car to the finish line. 

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