The NHRA continues to be celebrating a profitable Maple Grove Raceway weekend. Not solely was it the beginning of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, however the scores turned out to be a milestone within the sport’s historical past.
Sunday’s Pep Boys NHRA Nationals averaged 1,678,000 viewers, which is essentially the most ever for an NHRA on FOX occasion. It was additionally up 10% (150,000 viewers) from final yr’s NFL adjoining recreation.
Additionally, a document was the 578,000 viewers within the 18-49 demographic. NHRA gained the weekend in that class.
“It’s thrilling to see the partnership between the NHRA and FOX proceed to develop and result in such super numbers,” NHRA vp of broadcasting Steve Reintjes stated in an announcement to RACER. “The NHRA on FOX staff has continued to ship a number of new improvements throughout the broadcast, and we had been thrilled to once more have Tony Stewart within the sales space. With a record-setting viewers tuned in, our race groups placed on an unimaginable present, and we’re grateful for all our NHRA followers, in addition to new followers who tuned in for the primary time.”
It was the second straight weekend that Stewart spent within the NHRA on FOX sales space. Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Cup Sequence champion and staff proprietor, began his personal NHRA group this season. Leah Pruett, Stewart’s spouse and High Gas driver, has one win and is championship eligible within the High Gas class. Matt Hagan has a number of wins and is without doubt one of the favorites for the Humorous Automotive championship.
All 4 professional classes ran at Maple Grove. Robert Hight gained the Humorous Automotive remaining over Tim Wilkerson, whereas John Drive Racing teammate Austin Prock gained the High Gas remaining over Justin Ashley. It was Prock’s second profession win.
Erica Enders began her march to a fifth Professional Inventory championship with a win within the remaining over Elite Motorsports teammate Troy Coughlin Jr. In Professional Inventory Bike, Joey Gladstone beat Angie Smith.
Peak viewership for NHRA was over 2.8 million individuals and the NHRA had 165,000 extra viewers than NASCAR’s Cup Sequence race that weekend in the important thing 18-49 class. NASCAR ran Saturday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway, contending its first elimination race within the playoffs.
General, the NHRA solely had 100,000 much less complete viewers than the NASCAR Cup Sequence race. NASCAR registered 1.776 million family viewers on USA Community.
Moreover, the Maple Grove occasion had extra viewers than any NTT IndyCar Sequence race this yr, besides the Indianapolis 500.
Maple Grove had a sellout crowd Saturday and a close to sellout Sunday for eliminations. It was the primary weekend of NHRA exercise on the Koretsky owned facility. The monitor was bought by Kenny Koretsky and his household in April.