Anderson: There was just a whole list of things that were going to change that I was going to have to spend money on, build new cars and do all kind of things. We had to change our rear end housing and made new ones that were shorter so we could get the tires in there. Then you couldn't get enough wheels right away to solve that problem. The rear end gear ratios that we ran with the old tire combination were a real good gear. We'd run 100 runs, take it off, and put a new one in and we'd never have a failure and never had a problem. With the new ratios we already knew from sporadic testing that you weren't going to get more than 10 or 15 runs and you were going to start breaking them. Every drive part was going to strain harder with a bigger, heavier tire. I was right on the money.

As soon as we started testing down in Florida with them we broke drive shafts, rear ends, yokes on the back of the transmission. We broke so many parts it was ridiculous. It wasn't that we couldn't run faster than the other cars; it was too much parts breakage and attrition. That cost a lot of money and that costs races. That's what I didn't like about it and that's why I voiced my opinion

DRO: What's your opinion on introducing EFI (electronic fuel injection) to the class?

Anderson: I think we should. I think we will and I don't think we need to wait a whole lot longer. I think it needs to happen, but it comes down to the identity problem again. The last thread we cling to is we look like a stock car, at least more so than a Funny Car, but not with that big scoop sitting up like that and carburetors on it. There's no stock car built like that anymore. We always fight for more factory support from GM, Chrysler, Ford, and if we had EFI maybe that would make more sense to them. You'd actually have more parts on these cars that they sell. Maybe a better bang for their buck.

DRO: If you're interested in making the cars more factory-like, would you be interested in going to a smaller tire like a drag radial type?

Anderson: I don't know. I don't know much about that. I just want these cars to go faster. Don't make them slower. Two hundred mile an hour seems to be a magical number when you go to a race and we just had one in Topeka where not many cars ran over 200. It just don't look right. You look at that score board and something just don't look right. How many people in the grandstands it affects, I don't know, but I just think those speeds need to be up and that will make the class more exciting.

DRO: Your success has fostered suspicions of cheating. How do you feel when competitors or media members allude to the possibility you're somehow cheating?

Anderson: It's not comfortable. I don't like it at all because I've never been one of those guys that accused people of that. When I worked for Warren they accused him all the time because he was winning all the time. Then, when the shoes were on the other foot and the Wayne County Speed Shop and Jim Yates won for years, it was somebody else getting accused.

I never once got on that bandwagon and accused other people. When that happened you got beat and it just made you want to go home and work harder and try and come out better the next time. I did not want to complain that there was something wrong. That's why it hurts hearing it now. I've just seen it so much. Over the years it's been every guy that wins gets it. It just goes with the territory.

All you can do is be as open as you can with your race cars, the tech department, your parts, your engines. Let them tear everything down they want to look at. So there is nothing in the back of their minds.

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