DRO: So what
should NHRA do to promote Pro Stock beyond allowing
I don't know, maybe it's a case where they make
the drivers stars or heroes. Promote the drivers.
They don't do that at all. They surely do it
with John Force; they surely do it with Brandon
Bernstein; they surely do it with Larry Dixon,
but they don't do it with anybody in Pro Stock.
Warren had all those years where he was the
king, but they bad mouthed him. They don't want
him to be their spokesman or "the guy," but
maybe they need to make some of these drivers
heroes, so to speak. How you do that, I don't
know. They gotta' be approachable guys, happy
go lucky guys, and popular guys, and I think
there are plenty in this class. NHRA is not
trying to push them out in front of the media.
That would help.
do you want people to know about your team or
I just want everybody to feel comfortable with
the fact that this is an on-going, long-term
team we've built here that's going to get better
as time goes on. There's no special hijinx going
on, no special parts, no trickery, no smoking
guns sitting in the
of my floor. It's all team work and hard work
and little tiny gains here and there. It's the
front bumper to the rear bumper and everything
in between. The motor is in between, the transmission,
the rear end, the tires, the bodywork, the chassis,
they all have to be in perfect working order
to run as fast as we are. It's not just they
we have more power than anybody else. I could
probably put my motor in certain cars out there
and it wouldn't even qualify. You gotta' have
it all, from front to rear.
And it hasn't happened overnight. Go look at
my last five years of steady progression. As
the money got better, our equipment got better,
and we got better, better, better. I didn't
pop on the scene yesterday; I didn't come from
nowhere. I had 12 years with Warren and we had
a lot of success. People want to say I'm the
guy who all of a sudden comes out in Pro Stock,
but it's been a long work in progress. I've
been working my way up for about 17 or 18 years
full time in this class.
DRO: Do the
purses and contingency money you win come close
to covering your costs?
Absolutely no way. It's about $25 grand to win
a race; about 20 thousand to win a race plus
contingencies. We won 12 races last year and
we can't bring back half of what we spent. I
don't know what's the answer to that. If I compare
it to NASCAR, which is apples to oranges, I
know, but their last-place guy makes more than
we make winning in three or four races. How
does that compare? Well, I guess it doesn't.
You just think that we are doing something wrong