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ML: You know it
varies, at the very top, it's very, very tough.
The top five or six teams are, you know they're
all right there very close and real big teams
and the competition's real
and from there on it goes down and you have
the guys that are rolling up with the open trailer,
just building cars in their garages but it's
really neat to be part of that, cause you see
the whole spectrum, so you see those guys that
are struggling and you kind of help them out
to where they want to be but it's pretty neat
but right now the competition's pretty tough
at the top.
DRO: If you were
the King of Drag Racing, is there anything you
ML: Ummmm (laughs).
That's a tough question. Not really, I can't
think of anything offhand I'd really want to
change. I mean the way it's going right now
is pretty cool. Hopefully it just becomes more
mainstream, like NASCAR.
DRO: The way that
NHRA has brought the sport compact into developing
a series strictly for sport compacts, that's
ML: Sure, sure.
And the plan there is to try to not just use
the sport compact as a stepping stone, but as
a series, side by side, that can run with the
NHRA. . . . You know, bring that up to the same
an awful lot of breakage among the cars,
in particular front wheel drive cars and
when I've seen some of the other races,
a lot of the finals are singles. Is that
a frustrating part of competition?
sport has grown tremendously and the speeds,
the progression of speeds is just incredible,
like, last year our car was running 12.50
at the beginning of the season and at
the end we where running 860s so the rate
of development is just so rapid that there
has to be a parts breakage. But regular
NHRA they've been running the same combinations
for a long time, and so they know what
works and what doesn't. Here everybody's
trying new different combinations and
so that's just the name of the game for
now until everybody you know a standard
combination comes out of it.
DRO: Are you having
ML: Oh, nobody
has more fun than me right now. I'm living the
life, you know? I've always been into Pontiacs,
so to be able to drive for Pontiac is like a
dream come true and besides that I get to drive
a race car for a living and for GM, one of the
biggest car companies in the world so I'm just
having a blast.