DRO: Now that
you're doing TV, do you have a preference for
driving or TV?
MD: Oh yeah, I
got a preference. I'd rather be driving a car.
I've been saying this for the last year, I've
gotten to the point where I don't want to go
out there and just drive anything anymore, I'd
rather do TV than that, but if the opportunity
comes around to drive a really good car, it
would be hard to pass that up.
Are you looking for any rides?
MD: I looked for
a ride and tried putting a deal together last
year because I had a one-year contract with
ESPN and came fairly close. I had some deals
that came pretty close, but just couldn't put
the deal together, so I signed with ESPN for
three years. This being the first year of that
three-year contract, so I have two more years
Even if I'm in a situation where I can't do
something for the sponsor and that would be
a deal to have my own team, ultimately that
would be what I'd like.
DRO: Do you have
a preference in driving Top Fuel or Funny Cars?
MD: Um, I like
the Funny Cars better; they're more fun to drive
and they're safer. I agree with Gary Scelzi.
I've driven both and the one time the dragster
is better is when it's on fire. Other than that
you're better off being in a Funny Car.
DRO: Has anyone
approached you about tuning?
MD: People have
mentioned that I should pursue that but nobody
has really approached me on it. Because of my
father, when I came up, and he knew that I wanted
to become a driver, he said the first thing
you have to learn is the mechanics, the mechanics
of the sport and how everything works. You don't
have to be a top-notch crew chief, but you have
to know how everything works, because it will
make you a better driver. Because you will have
an understanding of what the car is doing going
down the track and you can make better decisions
about driving because of it, so I did go in
that direction by starting as a mechanic. I
don't think I'm smart enough to be a top rate
crew chief. I understand and that's kind of
helped me on the TV side, cause I understand
the basics of it, but if it gets real technical,
I'm gonna call on Alan Johnson or Bernie Fedderly
or any of those guys.
DRO: Are you still
close with the Gwynns and Ken Veney?
MD: Oh yeah. I
still talk to Jerry (Gwynn), and I talk to Kenny
all the time. In fact, if the deal had happened
last year, he was going to be my crew chief,
so I talk to Ken probably once a week at least
and Darrell, I probably talk to him once or
twice a month.