Continued growth of the National Hot Rod Association is great for the sport, but not necessarily for drivers without major resources.
It’s the subject for tonight’s “On the Mark”. sports cable money has made drag racing as popular as reality television.
John Force is big time, and his family’s reality television show has multiplied his fame and his influence --- which came into play on Sunday when Robert Hight’s car exploded.
You see John Force owns that racing team.
If you witnessed the fire and smoke in person at Heartland Park, you may have missed the combustion and smolder of the television drama.
The producers of the “edited for time” t-v presentation took the story line and ran with it.
In theatrical fashion, the vehicle came up just a sealed fluid leak short of getting back on the line for a possible run to glory. After the ensuing commercial break…. Force exerted his opinion that safety had prevailed, but implied that the dark forces of an N-H-R-A rule preventing a substitute car had wrongly thwarted an heroic effort.
It was compelling --- but, it was a statement of where drag racing is headed.
The argument against using a substitute car preserves the sanctity of grass roots racing. It takes major corporate financial backing to have the resources to provide a back-up car.
Which is why john force was wrong.
As this sport grows in popularity, the “lesser known forces” will have to prevail against the “John Force’s” of change…. Otherwise, the separation between the "have's" and the "have nots" of the sport will only continue to widen.
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