For millions of television viewers across the country, the drag racing themed game show Pass Time was an evening staple until the death of the SPEED Network. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as rumors are circulating that the popular show will be returning the the airwaves later in the year.
On Monday, March 31, the former host of the hit program, Brett Wagner, took a few minutes to discuss his current projects, and shine the light of hope on the future of drag racing.
1. Can we expect to see you on television in the future?
"I have been working on selling a few drag racing shows to some of the bigger cable networks and hopefully before the end of 2014 we will have another drag show on tv that showcases the blue collar drag racer.. Its so important to the drag racing community in my opinion to be able to show what they got and do on a weekly basis..Plus rumor has it that Pass Time may be coming back to the airwaves. We did 150 episodes in 5 years and could do another 150 very easily ..Would like to try our hand at 1/8 mile and do some all drag Bike episodes as well."
2. How do you feel about the demise of SPEED TV, and the general mish mash of networks currently covering (or not covering) motorsports?
"I check out Velocity every chance I get now a days and if my cable provider had MavTv I would watch their programming as well. I think a mistake is being made with alot of the bigger networks for not giving racing programming for the millions of fans out there in the world that are searching for it."
3. How did you get involved in drag racing?
"When I was a small kid my dad you use to take me to the winter nationals in souther california.. Was the highlight of the year for me..But did not really get into the passion of drag racing until I was in my late 20's when i would go to the tracks by myself.. When ever I would travel around making appearances for Monster Garage when I was on that show I would try and find a track in another state to go check out.But of course once Pass Time started my appreciation for drag racing went to a all time high."
4. Who is your favorite racing celebrity that you have met so far?
"I've met two individuals in the racing world who are the coolest folks in the world.. One because they actually took the time to talk to me about my show and two because I watch them interact with their fans and they sign every picture until the last fan is done.. Ron Capps and Mark Martin. Two classy racers. Would love to get both of them on Pass Time if the show is resurrected in 2014."
5. What are your goals for "Final Destination"?
"Final Destination is a chance to showcase some of the best drag racers in the United States in their own backyard Florida.. With all the fake tv shows on right now showcasing illegal racing its about time we took it to the track and showed what I know to be some of the fastest cars in the U.S. going at it... I know we will have a great turnout and Im looking forward to seeing some of the big horsepower monsters go at it.. For sure will be a great day to be a fan of drag racing in the stands watching.. I hope everybody comes out and enjoys the show."
6. What is your opinion of the facility at Palm Beach International Raceway?
"We were lucky to film at Palm Beach International Raceway for 11 episodes of Pass Time a few years ago and man o man they did a tremendous job for us .. Great track and great people running it..They actually care about the racers and the racing fans .. They want you to enjoy your experience at the track where some other tracks just care about getting your money."
7. What advice would you give for someone who is interested in pursuing a racing career?
"I'm getting a 10 second Mustang built for me right now for the first time to go out and drag race with the help of Rubright Racing and North Montco Technical Career center in Pennsylvania .. So I myself will not just be talking about it on tv I will be doing it.. So i have to study up once again on the sport and ask questions to some of my favorite drivers like Mike Murillo to make sure Im ready for the life on the track.. I might even go take a crash drag racing course that some folks offer out there.. No reason if you love the sport and want to get involved to go to some of the schools out there in the world that teach you how to get going on drag racing."
The West Palm Beach Motorsports Examiner would like to thank Aidy Alonzo of Palm Beach International Raceway for making this interview possible. Fans of Brett Wagner can catch him at the track on Saturday, May 31 for Palm Beach Outlaws Final Destination. Tickets will be available at the door for only $20, with children under 12 admitted free to the Raceway. If you're interested in competing at the event in Pro Mod, Turbo, OE Tire Shootout, or the 28" and 29" Tire Shootout class, contact Buddy Row at (954) 773-6464 for more information.
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