Yeah, I was disappointed to see the stands so empty. But with tickets around 70 bucks, parking up to 30 bucks, a hot dog 13 bucks, fries 8 bucks and a 20 ounce soda at 7 bucks. Sure doesnt help things. Torrance Racing was absent, Steve and Billy. Also, the teams they help, Scott Palmer and Mike Salinas. It wasnt but a 13 car Top Fuel field. The weather I'm hoping is the cause for the low turn out, spectator wise.
I've been a fan of NHRA for as long as I can remember, 35 years at least. The entire series has made changes in leaps and bounds, good and bad.
A personal feeling here, I dont like the countdown. To quote Steve Torrance from a few seasons ago, it's a welfare system for points. I get the entertainment part, wanting to make it more exciting for the fans. I for one, enjoyed seeing certain teams dominate. Like the KB Boys in Pro Stock, Tony Schumacher in early 2000s, Force in the 90s.
Looking at the brighter things. It was good day. Didnt get rained out for the first time in like 20 years. The teams were in good spirits, especially the Napa team after the disaster they unfortunately endured enroute to prevent season testing. Got to spend time with my family. That doesnt happen much anymore these days. Got the smell of nitro in my nose, got my insides shook by 20000 horsepower.