Drag Racing Online: The Magazine

Volume VIII, Issue 10, Page

Give us a quick overview of your career in drag racing.

DM: I ran a race track as a manager in 1960, on an airport, it was called DeSoto Parish Dragstrip in Mansfield, Louisiana.  It was on the DeSoto Parish airport, which was still an active airport and when planes would go by, they would buzz the field and you'd stop the racing, they'd land and then you would continue racing.  And I announced in those days at a lot of race tracks just like that.  As I say, I come from a whole different view from that racetrack in '60, took over as general manager of a race track in Hoama, ran as vice president and general manager of Dallas International Motor Speedway, which in my way of thinking (when it was ) built in '69, was the very first super track in all facets, from the pit area to the tower to private suites, the whole thing, it was the predecessor to super tracks that you see today. 

I've had the opportunity to see it from all sides.  I worked for the sanctioning body of NHRA from 1971 to 1978 as a full time employee.  I went to Argus Publishers in 1981 as an ad salesman.  In 1981, I came up with the idea of the Super Chevy Sunday Show and convinced the owners to give it a try, to get into the special event.  We created the Super Chevy Sunday Series. I was head of the company, we formed a separate company, and I ran it for nearly three and a half years and am probably as proud of that one accomplishment as anything I've done because here we are, we're 30-plus years into it and it's still going strong under the ownership and guidance of Roger Gustin.  It proved in a lot of ways that it was not necessary to have a national event to have a successful, local type promotion at a race track.  It proved NHRA the certain capabilities of certain tracks around the country to hold big events because in those days, the Super Chevy thing would pull a huge crowd, a very loyal and dedicated crowd. 

Have you ever done any other kind of series?  Like have you ever announced any other kind of racing?

DM: Either in track announcing or coverage in radio or television, I've done everything from the legitimate Formula 1 series all the way to tractor pulls.  I do a lot of car shows currently and master of ceremonies type work, emcee work for all sorts of organizations and functions.  I like the challenge of doing something different and so therefore, I'm a fairly quick study.  I often say, if you give me a press kit and give me 20 minutes with it, I can talk for an hour like I really know what I'm talking about.  I'm very comfortable doing it.  I enjoy live work, but most people don't.  So, I get an opportunity to do a lot of unique things that a lot of people don't really want to do.  I do all the emcee work for SEMA and have now for nearly 30 years.  I don't really solicit work; I've never had an agent.  I did NHRA television package for 27 years.  The last four and half years, I've been the host of Hot Rod TV and, just whatever comes along.