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DM: I don't think so. The cars back then were not nearly as complex as they are today. We didn't have clutches to tune and we were running essentially stock suspensions in the front and back of the car. The cars were a whole lot less complex. It was sort of a package. Basically, all it took was an engine, driver and a suspension combination to make the car go fast. These days, it takes an engine, driver, clutch and knowledge of the suspension to go fast. The technology of the sport has advanced so much. It's made adapting the car to the driver a lot more important. At least that's my feeling on it.

Q: How has the sport of NHRA Winston Drag Racing changed over the past 50 years?

DM: It was a lot different back then. It was not nearly as professional in those days, but probably for the participant, more fun because it wasn't as professional. There is so much corporate pressure these days to succeed. It's just not from the factories though, but also from the other companies that have their names, and have put a lot of money into these programs.

Now, I don't think it's as much fun as it used to be. But technologically, it's way ahead of what it used to be. And it's so much bigger.

The NHRA has done a tremendous job of building this sport into something that really means something. I was talking to (Senior Vice President of NHRA Racing Operations) Graham Light earlier and the NHRA is only behind Winston Cup in television ratings. That's just incredible. I think that the factory involvement in the 1960s had a lot to do with building it because companies started talking about it in their advertising. We made a case for it (drag racing) by bringing it to the Dodge dealerships and getting them behind it.

So I think that that all helped build it as well.


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