DRO: So back
to Ashley . . .
FORCE: We had
music playing in the car. I was so emotional,
I thought I was going to cry. I love it [drag
racing] that much. I said to her, "What do you
do when you hear a great song on the radio?
Your heart starts pounding. It's that moment.
When that car
pounding, it makes music to you. That's when
you have magic. Right now, it's just boom-bang-boom-bang
and all you're thinking is 'That sounds terrible,
like it's going to blow up and kill me.' But
one day when you hear it and you know it's right,
you know it's going to make you a winner."
DRO: What about
be testing some this year. She's still in high
school. She wants to be a glamour driver.
DRO: She has
the firesuit with the stars on it, right?
she said she wanted stars on it. I told her,
"You've got to earn being a star." She said,
"Just put the stars on there and they'll believe
DRO: How about
Megan McKernan driving your Super Comp car that
Ashley started out in?
so small, we didn't think anybody was in it.
I thought the car ran away from the trailer.
Jerry Toliver isn't like your kid. He gave you
fits in 2000. Are you ready for him to come
back into the mix?
will take out half the competition. He'll beat
'em up in the bar. (Laughs.) They'll show up
on Sundays with black eyes. (Laughs.) He was
a wild man when he came in.
DRO: Are you
ready to take back your championship?
FORCE: My new
theme is redemption. I want to get back to where
I belong. I dream about coming back and how
it could be. I just have a lot of different
dreams, dreams for Gary Densham to win the championship,
dreams to see Eric Medlen survive so I can prove
the ones wrong who said I made a mistake.
DRO: How are
you different this time around from 1993, when
you were determined to regain the championship
that Cruz Pedregon won in 1992?
FORCE: It ain't
a matter of hope. If you've got the money, the
parts, the right tune-up and you stay focused,
you can come back and win again. I didn't know
that in 1992.
DRO: Can you
describe that motivation?
catalyst for the whole thing is the fact if
you've won for 12 years, they expect you to
win and you'd better keep winning or you might
be looking at no sponsorship. It isn't, "Look
what you did for us." It's "What are you going
to do today?" That fire will come out on race
DRO: Will you
be able to concentrate on winning another championship
with all you have going?
coffee or madness, I can't get motivated.