Volume X, Issue 9, Page 77

: Well, you also had some issues with the IHRA. Aaron Polburn has written some things in his DRM column, and they’ve made it known that they don’t think that ADRL’s  program  is  a good deal for Pro Mod racers. So where are you at with Aaron  Polburn and IHRA?

KN: Well, you know there’s a lot of misunderstanding about the relationship between the ADRL and IHRA,specifically between Aaron Polburn and Kenny Nowling. You know, in our magazine, Adrenaline, our in-house publication, my column was named ‘The First Word’ out of respect for Aaron , because his column is called ‘The Last Word’, and I always read ‘The Last Word’ first. No offense to anyone at Drag Review Magazine, but to this day, if I have time to pick it up, I always read Aaron’s column first. So just to clear that up, ‘The First Word’ is not a slap at Aaron or his column, but actually was done out of respect.

There are some people working for IHRA that I don’t agree with how they operate or do business. There was an infamous email sent out by Skooter Peaco years ago where the ADRL was called “weekend warriors” , our safety efforts  were questioned, and also whether we had adequate insurance.  I took that personally. I challenge anyone to walk through the doors of this office and find anything, whether it’s how we pay our bills or how we run our operation, that isn’t up to par with any company our size in the country, or greater, so… IHRA, I wish them all the best, and I hope they make it through this tough time, with everything that’s going on with the Torco Race Fuels situation, and I genuinely wish them success going forward. As for whether we’re a good deal, I’ll leave that up to the tracks and racers to decide.

: In 2007, you added the Extreme 10.5 class to your program. This year, you’re adding two Extreme Pro Stock races, and what we need to know is, will you add Pro Stock to all of the ADRL events for 2009?

KN: I’m not sure if we’re going to add them to all of our events. We’re going to work closely with our schedule. There is a financial consideration to be made there as well. There’s a lot of things in the works for 2009, as far as the Extreme Pro Stock classes go, and first and foremost is to make sure we have the funding in place to be able to pay them. But our goal is to by 2010, have Extreme Pro Stock as a fifth class. 

: What kind or rules of any will you have for your Pro Stock class?

KN:  Bubba Corzine (VP of Competition) and I have had lengthy conversations about what kind of rules structure to have. We’ve gotten lots of feedback from the Budd’s Creek Extreme Pro Stock drivers’ meeting, and we’re going to have some follow up meetings with them in Rockingham. I guess it (the rules) will be largely defined by what they want. Now, we don’t believe in letting the inmates run the asylum, but we’re also receptive to the fact that we want to have a class that’s going to have a lot of participation, and to do that, we need to have rules so an individual who wants to continue to run IHRA Pro Stock as well as the ADRL will be able to. We want to make that as easy and cost-effective as possible. A lot of that will be determined in the coming months as we move forward.

If it was up to me, it’d be wide open, run-what-you-brung, with the only exception the body styles, which we want to be stock appearing and late model.  There may be a situation where we discuss  allowing Pro Stock racers to use electronic fuel injection with no other power adders, be it nitrous oxide or nitromethane or superchargers or turbochargers or anything of that nature.

: Would you keep the same cubic inch limit as IHRA has?

KN: Again, that’s the big unknown, and I think once we get some more feedback from the drivers and teams at Dragstock V, I’ll be more equipped to answer that question. I think, for the most part, though, moving forward I don’t want to make it a situation where we have to start tearing down engines. We’re not staffed for that, quite frankly, and that’s not the situation I would want the series or the class to go. More than likely, it would be an unlimited situation. I don’t see a lot of guys going out and building bigger motors for ADRL races. I would see most guys continuing to run both series, so I don’t think it’ll be much of an issue.

: I’d suggest that they’ll just have two motors.

KN: Oh, potentially.

: Have you developed a purse structure for the Pro Stock?

KN: Not as yet. Those are all things we’re looking into. Soon as the season wraps up -- and we’re gonna do things pretty rapidly once it wraps up -- we’ve got some sponsorship components that we’re still working through, but as soon as the season wraps up, I’ll sit down with the competition department and we’ll just go through front to back what the best situation is, we’ll sit down the financial department and figure it out from a budget standpoint, and then we’ll look at the last part which is a major component, what additional revenue would an Extreme Pro Stock class bring?  For example, the Pro Extreme Motorcycle brought in a lot of additional sponsorship revenue into the ADRL as a result of them being added to the platform, and we’re hoping to have the same result with the Pro Stock category. We’ve been contacted by several companies interested in getting involved with a sponsorship, some of which already have with the two-race Challenge though. As we move forward, if there is a financial piece that helps to grow the ADRL by having the Extreme Pro Stock category, that will certainly factor into that as well. As far as purses and everything, we’ll leave that for Friday at the PRI Show and the annual 2 o’clock press conference where we announce our schedule and classes, and major changes and so forth for the 2009 season.