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: So you think the huge number of changes mandated by the NHRA hurt some teams out there?

NB: Yeah, it put people out of business that are on the edge. If there’s people that can just about afford it, they’ll get rid of their cars. It’s not good. You know what, I had one of the neatest teams puttogether, and it didn’t quite last a full season. I had Mike Smith, Paul Smith’s son, I had Del Worsham; and I had Nicky Jr. They made a big deal out of it, but I think I had the youngest team in drag racing. These guys were kids. I mean Del was like sixteen, Nicky was seventeen or eighteen, Mike Smith was pretty young too; he was eighteen or nineteen. I mean I had all these kids working on my car. It was cool.

: Why did you get out of the circuit booking business?

NB: NHRA, IHRA kept increasing the number of races they were having, and before you knew it, there weren’t any open weekends out there for circuit racing, really. It was very, very hard, and then people got tired of the alcohol funny cars too. That had something to do with it. I did not have a shortage of cars, good cars, but there wasn’t enough out there for them, and it wasn’t worth it to really go any farther with it, you know? It got so high and stayed there so long, and then it started to decline and fell real fast. I don’t want to waste their time.

: That was about the time the Wild Bunch came out, and the United States Super Circuit. There were alternatives.

NB: Yeah. There were alternatives too.

: Did you ever think about a Pro Mod?

NB: Absolutely. That’s a neat class right there. A lot of my customers and good buddies are out there running that class, and I love it. It’s a really cool class.

: What made you decide to build a nostalgia funny car?

NB: Nicky Jr. and Rob. To be honest with you, I didn’t want to do it at all! I fought them about it for like six months! I gotta sign that check and I wasn’t signing it. I ain’t doing that.

: Why didn’t you want to do it?

NB: It’s expensive and I thought we’d get into it and I’d get all crazy and want to… I actually now want to go from nostalgia to running something crazy before I die. Maybe. We’ll see what happens. Maybe I’ll win the lottery or something and I’ll dump two million and go out and blow it.

: That’s what you think it’d take to run a show now? Two million?

NB: Yeah.

: Have you raced a nostalgia car yet? Been to the track?

NB: I did. We had two match races last year.

: You went?

NB: I went there, I didn’t drive or nothing. Yeah, I went. I love it.

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