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Did you learn a lot from your passes on Thursday
and earlier today that helped you set the car
up for the record?
Rector: The one
this morning I did, but yesterday we unloaded
and had problems. It was mechanical and had
nothing to do with the racetrack or the atmosphere.
We would've had the same problems if we had
been running IHRA legal or NHRA legal. But we
found it yesterday and he and I corrected it
and we worked to late last night to get it ready.
I knew going out there this morning, I told
Mitch to pull his buckles tight, 'cause I knew
we were either gonna' haul ass or not go down
there at all. Then when it ran a 6.02 everybody
got their hopes up, but I told them, if this
was easy, everybody would've done done it already.
As far as the run itself, I knew as soon as
it went in second gear, if the motor didn't
come apart it was gone. That's probably the
happiest I've ever been behind a racecar.
DRO: You talked
about finding a problem. Can you describe what
you worked on?
Rector: No, I'd
rather not get into that point at all.
DRO: No problem.
But can you describe how the weight change helped
Rector: You know
the car weighed about 2,540 and if we'd have
been at IHRA or NHRA scales it would've been
the same. I mean we figured it would be 2,520
or 2,530 all along, and that's about a couple
hundred pounds light because when you run at
a legal race you can't go through at 2,700,
so it was actually about 170 or 180 pounds off
what we usually run. We'd been a .14 legal,
and when we ran that .14 I said we could probably
run a .12 if conditions were right.
DRO: What do you
think you could run today at legal weight?
about a 6.14 or a 6.15, in these conditions.
DRO: In good conditions,
how far away are we from an IHRA/NHRA-legal
at 2,700 pounds, I'd say a lot of years. It
upsets the cars, for one thing. Carrying the
200 pounds, it's not the horsepower that holds
it back; it wants to smoke the tires before
it moves the car. A whole lot of people ran
into that problem last year. And track temperature
means everything to a legal Pro Mod today. A
hundred degrees and it don't wanna' move, but
at 90 degrees you can run 6.15s. It's a fine
line and Mitch probably would've won the championship
last year if we had learned that earlier. We
went out early two or three races in a row after
being number-one qualifier, simply because it
didn't want to move on Sunday.
Now, Sunday's a whole different day. I give
him a racecar that'll run mid-6.20s or better
most of the time, and if we win that's great.
If not, we'll come back on a different day,
but I won all my races being consistent and
that's how we're gonna' run this one.
DRO: Are you excited
about running this year strictly as a tuner
for Mitch and Mark Thomas?
Rector: Yes, I
am. And you know, the goal for both is the same:
we want to win a world championship for Mark
in Alcohol Funny Car and a Pro Mod championship
for Mitch and Radiac. Nothing's changed. Like
I told Dave Pryor, I'm not giving anyone any
guarantees, other than nobody will work any
harder at it than I will, and that's the way
we've always done it.