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Fox to Replace ESPN as NHRA TV Coverage Provider in 2016

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Comments (18)
  1. Dave Viola says:

    This is a big win for the fans thanks NHRA

  2. Rick Emmick says:

    It’s about time NHRA dumped ESPN. Who wants to stay up til 3am because ESPN has “more important” programming to show 1st.

    1. Carlos says:

      Yes but I think live streaming on ESPN3 was Great!!

    2. Carlos Suarez says:

      I agree with some things and not with others. NHRA drag racing is great. You guys are saying you are not going to watch it anymore. Why? Fox did not fire Mike, he is now president of IHRA Racing. Another drag racing league. I liked ESPN3 because they showed the race with out commercials.

  3. David says:

    Per a reply to an email I sent Mike Dunn when the FOX news was announced, Mike will NOT be part of the FOX NHRA broadcast team in 2016 …

    “Just got word on Friday that they will not be hiring me for next years broadcast. Wanted a fresh look was the excuse.
    Thanks for all your support over the years. It has been a great 14 seasons doing the broadcast.

  4. Billie Jackson says:

    Sorry to see Mike Dunn leave, he and Dave make a good pair.

    Wish Fox would change their mind and keep both.

  5. tom orsolini says:

    mike Dunn is great i thank him for all the years. lets hope tony Pedregon can do the same but time will tell now that fox is in the driver seat. i also do agree espn sucked about the priority on programming. lets hope we still get to see Mike Dunn in the world of drag racing.

  6. kirk johnson says:

    Wow, amazing that you guys think this is a good deal!!!!! Complete idiots…so you move from ESPN to Foxsports 1&2…seriously, and lose Mike Dunn, etc. Trash network and it fits in well with NHRA’s leadership team – they’ve always been years behind the times and this will hurt long term. Did any of you watch the semifinals in FC tonight when Del won the championship – the President of NHRA looks like (and acts like) a zombie. Typical NHRA. Best of luck.

  7. Kevin says:

    I have been watching NHRA Drag Racing for over 35years. But when espn took over there was always something more important to televise I always set my vcr or cable box for at lest an hour. And most of the time that wasn’t enough. Hopefully fox does a better job.

  8. C.D.@Austin Tx says:

    IMO ESPN did a great job…The Announcer team was fun and professional and made the broadcast interesting to listen to as well as watch. I’m not a hard core NHRA dude but I respect the sport and I find it fascinating to watch, like some people do with golf. I am able to stay up late so The late start did not bother me, In fact I preferred it.(I don’t like to be bothered when I’m trying to watch my racing.)
    When Fox took over the F1 coverage from SPEED I was very interested at first then after a year I realized how great we had it on Speed.( I miss the original Speed channel.) Fox offers more view times but the programing product Speed channel produced was far superior. IMO, I could be wrong, I’m sure other folks feel differently.

  9. L keester says:

    ESPN sucked but it would cost me $250 per year to upgrade directv to get fox sport 1. Plus no mke Dunn. Good by nhra.

  10. Tim says:

    New NHRA coverage is horrible, pouring driver profiles that go nowhere, talking about things that just don’t matter. I wish they would call these drag races like a horse race. I already miss my gun and it’s only two races in. Pathetic

  11. Scott says:

    The new format of coverage for these races is horrible. One of the most exhilarating things to watch were the burnouts. Fox has chosen to not even show the burnouts, fast pace the races one after another, and show the run over and over and over. It has gotten so bad that I rarely watch the races anymore. As much as I love drag racing, it has become painful to watch this horrible coverage of what ESPN had down as a good format for covering the race. Plus without Mike Dunn it’s really just gotten ridiculous with Dave Reiff’s mistakes. This week he said a car had lost its “mustard” at the end. I had to listen to it 4 times to make sure I heard it right. Plus, they don’t even show all the racers anymore. What was once an enjoyable race to watch has been ruined by Fox.

  12. Gary says:

    American greed I now have to upgrade my cable!!! On ESPN I was able to watch it at no additional cost for some of us money does not grow on trees!!! I am done with the NHRA!!!

  13. Wayne McConnell says:

    I have watched the NHRA televised events since they first started airing them. I was a drag racer myself for many years and love the sport. I wish I could do it for a living.
    I am very disappointed in the fox coverage. I always told the people I knew or met that the coverage of the NHRA on ESPN was the most exciting shows I watch verses any other coverage of sporting events including the NFL. It was fast paced yet covered all of the important facts. I guess I did not realize how fantastic ESPN’s coverage was. Fox needs to step up to the plate and at least do as fine a job as ESPN. Fox doesn’t show all of the reaction times, the run info disappears too quickly if they show it at all and they seem to be trying to cater to the novice much more than the loyal fan base. I agree that it is nice to explain the intricacies of the sport occasionally as ESPN did. I do agree that it would be an upgrade if they would actually show the event when it is scheduled instead of late or not at all. ESPN’s program scheduling did suck. Let’s hope they did not carry over the program scheduler.
    Here’s hoping Fox improves because it appears we’re stuck with them. Fox is in their infancy when it comes to drag racing event production.
    Mike Dunn was great. Tony seems nice, but it is apparent he needs much more experience in the announcer’s seat. I will have to live with it.
    For now the coverage has become somewhat boring, but hopefully it will catch up with the former network’s great work.

  14. Bob says:

    Why do you constantly call Route 66 Chicago, there are no tracks in Chicago.
    It’s in Joliet Illinois!!!!

  15. M.L. Riley says:

    Is anyone else as tired as I am of listening to Tony Pedragon expound. It has gotten so bad that I mute the sound so I don’t have to listen to him. I love drag racing, but I don’t know how much longer I’ll hang in there. I guess Mike Dunn really spoiled us with his knowledgeable and laid back style.

  16. Wayne Bailey says:

    I would love to see the coverage of some of the lesser none racers race. They spend a good hour talking about the big name racers telling us how the car works and all kinda crap between the races. They could be showing us the lesser guys race and we would be getting entertained instead of getting bored and changing channels.

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