If you woke up on Sunday morning and had your coffee while reading the newspaper wandered in to your computer, and fired up your favorite browser to espn3.com to take in the live eliminations broadcast of the Winternationals from Pomona, you may have noticed that something was missing. That of course would’ve been the live broadcast Pomona itself. Sadly, if you’re become accustomed to spending 22 of your Sundays (and one Monday) each year taking in the ESPN3 show on your computer or piped through onto your big screen television, you might have to find a new hobby or knock out those honey-do chores.
The broadcasts of the NHRA Full Throttle races have been a regular part of the ESPN3 weekend lineup for the last two seasons, with all 22 races broadcast live on race day in 2011. During the six-race Countdown playoffs last fall, ESPN3 also sweetened the pot with additional live coverage of Friday night qualifying.
Just days prior to the Winternationals, the NHRA opener was clearly evident on the weekend schedule on the ESPN3/ESPN Watch portal, but in what can only be described as an 11th hour decision, the plug was pulled on the broadcasts for the remainder of the season.
UPDATE: After a strong outpouring of support from viewers, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will return to ESPN3 for the rest of the 2012 season beginning with coverage of this weekend’s Arizona NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix.
ESPN’s live 24/7 multi-screen sports network will air live action from Friday qualifying at Phoenix at 6 p.m. ET today. In addition, ESPN3 will air full coverage of Sunday’s eliminations action starting at 1 p.m.
On television, ESPN2 will air highlights of Phoenix qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. and coverage of eliminations airs Sunday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. ESPN2 and ESPN3 also are available on computers, smartphones and tablets with WatchESPN.