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The reality show ‘Driving Force” exposed your family life to a lot of fans. Did you like doing that show? Were there things that were revealed that embarrassed you?

AFH: There were two challenges. They (TV crew) were with us a lot, and we’d never done a show like that before. Suddenly it was a lot to get used to. But once we got into the routine of it and got our schedule worked out, and we got to know the people working on it and basically living with us, it became a lot easier. As far as personal stuff about us, the producer’s board came to us and said there were a lot of other reality shows on with lots of crazy stuff that was basically made up. And they said that our lives were already crazy and dramatic enough, when you’re getting in race cars and stuff. They said, ‘We don’t need to try to mess with all that stuff and dig.’

They really wanted to try and capture our crazy world. And that made it a lot easier for us, since we never felt like they were trying to show us in a bad light. They just wanted to tell an interesting story, but really keep it based on the racing and what we’re really about. I don’t have any particular hard words about it. There’s always the times when they showed maybe a fight, or someone being bratty, but then they always showed the other side of it, so…

I was working on my scrapbook the other day after we got rained out (at the Winternationals) and I went home and was wondering what I could do. I saw these pictures of Sarah and the other people in our production crew, and I thought about how those were fun times. They drove us crazy at times, and we drove them crazy, but we all became buddies. And now we never get to see them. They’re all on different shows, but we always say that someday we’re going to do a big reunion and hang out again.

Are you concerned about the future of NHRA drag racing at all?

AFH: I’m not. I think it’s such an entertaining place to go. I’ve taken friends since I was a kid. Girls who have no interest in cars, don’t like that kind of stuff, and they’ve come with me to see dad or whatever, and I’ve never had them not like it at the end of the day. They’re usually like, ‘I can’t believe it, that was awesome!’ Even people who aren’t interested in cars or mechanics. You don’t need to be interested in it to get the excitement. I mean you can see everything on the track, and meet the drivers. It’s just all the different activities that all my friends who I thought would never have been interested. Well, my one girlfriend, she is about the most opposite of a car person, she loves cooking and baking and housekeeping and all that kind of stuff, and now, years later, I introduced her to a friend of mine who I grew up with who has an auto shop, loves racing, and they got married and now they’re going to have a baby. Now she comes to the races all the time. I pick on her, like ‘You were the last person in the world to marry a car guy,’ and he’s a big race fan, so I think there is something for everyone, especially for the kids.

Because I know kids get antsy and have short attention spans, you can’t just have them sit in the stands all day, but there’s so much else for them to do. I always tell my friends to bring their kids out. Get them some exercise, and there’s plenty of stuff going on. As long as it stays like that, so fans are able to come into the pits, be a part of the warm-up, and basically you are a part of the warm-up when you stand behind these cars, meet the drivers and everything, you can’t really outdo that. Other motorsports are exciting in their own right, but there’s really nothing in the entertainment field where you can meet the entertainers and then go out and watch them catch on fire and flip over the wall.

How can you outdo that entertainment, right?

Do you get involved with all the politics of the sport?

AFH: I really try to stay out of it because there’s always two sides to everything, and I think that’s something I’ve learned from dad; there’s never anybody trying to be mean to anyone, there’s always a reason for everyone’s opinion. So I always try to look at it that way. Even on your own team, there’s always going to be reasons why one person wants to do something one way and another person wants to do it another and I think the best thing for everyone is to listen to the different opinions and come up with the best one. So yeah, I try to stay out of all that stuff. And they don’t need my opinion anyway. I’m 26 years old, and I’m still kind of considered the kid of the group anyway. I don’t get drug into it.

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