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Talk about your record-setting day. How did
Stott: The first
attempt we made today was a 6.02, and on that
pass the car launched pretty hard to the left,
got out of the groove, and shook the tires kinda'
hard. I was late on my second gear change because
of it, but throughout that entire run, I knew
that it was here; I knew that it was gonna'
happen today, as long as nothing stupid went
We saw what we had to do to make the car work.
We had to make the car go straight first, and
then we had to step a little bit of power into
it. That run told us that the car, and the track,
and the day would hold the power required to
do it. So we made the chassis adjustments to
keep the car straight, put a little bit of power
add in key places, and went up there. I dropped
the clutch -- [crew chief] Jimmy (Rector) had
strongly suggested that the gear changes be
dead on, of course, and that the staging should
be as shallow as we could get it - and that
was what was in my mind. I kind of had a bad
light because I was concentrating on making
my second-gear change, 'cause I knew it was
gonna' be coming in a hurry.
The car left, and as I hit second gear the
car shuddered a little bit, and from that point,
it shuddered and then just stuck the front end
back in the air and at point I knew it was done.
I knew it was over. As soon as it survived that
second gear hit, I knew it was mine.
The car was darting around, moving around on
the top end, and I was actually saying, 'Come
on finish line, 'cause I'm wanting to get out
of the throttle, but I can't do it until I cross.'
Then I'm coasting to the end and [crew member]
Ted (Chavarria) comes over the radio and goes,
'5.98! Baddest man in the world!' and I just
kind of went to pieces.
DRO: How did you
feel when the car rolled to a stop at the end
of the track?
Stott: What I
did was, I just sat there. Normally, as I'm
stopping I'm unbuttoning my belts and preparing
to get out of the car, but honest to God, I
felt that I had -- we had -- accomplished a
tremendous feat. So I sat in the car a minute
or so and I just relaxed and I said my thanks
and my prayers for allowing me to be the one
to do it, and just absorbed it for a minute.
Then I slowly got out of the car and it really
was quiet there for me; it felt very fitting.
|Here it is: the
time slip for the world's quickest
quarter-mile pass by a car with doors
And then Randy -- Lord, I can't think of his
last name, but he works here at the racetrack
-- he came down and brought the ticket to me
and with that it certainly was official. Then
we went across the scales and we were about
40 pounds over what they said we had to be here,
and then the tech guys came by our pit and verified
that we were legal in everything. The only thing
on this car that is not IHRA Pro Mod legal,
or NHRA Pro Mod legal, is the weight. We had
the legal overdrive, we had the legal gears,
we had the legal clutch, we had legal cubic
inches, and all of that has been documented.
If this is not a genuine, documented first-in-the-fives,
there'll never be one!
DRO: So you've
done it now in these conditions; are we going
to see a five this year from you in all-legal
Stott: No, no,
no. It won't happen with the weight. It'll be
a couple of years before you see it at legal
weight. We feel that in these conditions, in
this weather, on this racetrack, if we put the
weight back in the car, which would be about
155 pounds to make it 2,700 pounds, we feel
like it would run about a 6.10. That in itself
would make it the fastest Pro Modified-legal
car -- I think it's at 6.11 right now -- but
it'll be a couple of years before we see a five
at an IHRA or NHRA national event.
else you want to mention about your accomplishment
Stott: Just that
I could not do this, I did not do this by myself.
It took Jimmy Rector; it took Ted Chavarria;
it took Ron Word; it took my family's involvement,
my wife Joyce, my children, Abby and Donovan;
it was not me. I'm just the fortunate one that
gets the glory or gets to sit behind the wheel.
That is my strongest statement, is that we did
it as a team. And Radiac Abrasives, they are
the ones that paved the way for me to do this
seven years ago when they took the belief in
me as a sponsor. In my opinion, things of this
magnitude require tremendous support and help.
I'm supposed to be in Las Vegas this weekend
for the yearly Radiac Abrasives sales meeting.
I was supposed to be describing the race program
for 2003, so instead I sent a videotape of myself
and as I stated in that, all the people who
work for Radiac, all of their representatives,
all the people that build the grinding wheels,
the whole nine yards; I don't want not a single
one of those people to stand behind me. I want
them all to stand beside me and we'll cross
the finish line at the same time. It's a team
effort; it is Team Radiac, it's not Mitch Stott