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: Right now the guys that are booking circuits are having a lot of problems with the NHRA. Did you ever have any trouble with NHRA?

NB: Yeah I did. They hated us. At the time we had a lot of static. We would literally, literally suck all the cars out of an NHRA division race. I mean literally, they’d have a points meet and there would be three alky funny cars there and I’d have sixteen cars running at some track.  Well, not sixteen, we couldn’t afford sixteen, but we’d have fourteen. And there was a ton of racetracks I put the circuit into. I mean there was Cecil County, Pittsburgh, Quasco, all these tracks. There was a zillion of them and we raced everywhere.

: And you raced your car as part of the circuit?

NB: Yes.

: Who was driving your car then?

NB: Pat Walsh. I hooked up with Pat Walsh and he started driving for me when he went broke with his partner on the road, They totally split and he came by the truck and asked me for a ride because, “Hey, I heard you live in Philadelphia,” he goes, “I live in Jersey, can I hook a ride with you?” So he jumped in my van and we’re riding home and he says, “Look, I don’t want to quit racing, can I just crew for you?” Some time later  we were servicing the car  in a driveway, and I forget exactly the circumstances, but I said, “You want to drive today?” And he goes, “Yeah!” That’s how simple it was back then.

: You had been driving up to that time?

NB:    I was! Yeah, I was driving.

: Who were some of the racers in your circuit?

NB:   Some of the guys that raced for me were Bob Newbury, Frank Hawley, Joe Amato, Al Segrini,  the Bell boys, the Cassidy brothers,.. Phil Burkart. The guy that just quit, that had the fistfight with Capps… Whit Bazemore. They started in my circuit. I’m telling you, I bet there are fifteen guys out there that these guys all made their bones on that circuit.

How long were you a series promoter and when did you quit?

NB: I ran the series seriously until 1994. then I started to lose interest in doing that.   There were people, believe it or not, up until the early ‘90s, that wanted to buy the circuit from m , and I wouldn’t sell it. I told everyone that it was really more of a camaraderie kind of a thing. You know the track owners like me, and I learned how to control the racers. You’re not going to be able to do that. It’s like handing something over, but you’d really be screwing the guy. I wouldn’t sell it. Instead I gave it to Carol (Bunny) Burkett and she tried to give it back to me two years later. She’ll tell you that story too. She laughs about it every time we talk. She called me up, “You want this thing back? I hate it.” I go, “No, it’s yours Carol! I gave it to you.”

: Let’s talk a little about this Nostalgia Funny Car and where the US Male name came from.

NB: The name came from an Elvis Presley song called the U.S. Male.  I didn’t think of the name. I bought a Funny Car from Ray Burkhouse, who was going broke racing  and wanted to sell me the car. I had the money to buy it but I couldn’t afford to re-letter and repaint it. It was all economics, you know? I said, “I’ll buy the car, but I get the name.” And those guys, those hillbilly buddies of mine, I love ‘em, they had it lettered up because they liked the song and I couldn’t afford new paint and lettering.

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