: How much do you think that the purse for you race has to do with how many entries you get? Is the money what brings the cars and racers?

CW: We pay a good purse.  When you get right down to it nobody pays better and has a more equitable distribution of prize money for the classes we run.  We pay all 32 qualifiers in each class.  There is the occasional hot shot that will come along claiming to be only "for" the racer. They may blow in with a giant purse for the winner a time or two.  But, that's usually after twisting the arm of every company they've ever bought anything from to "give back" to the racer.  Manufacturers can only "give back" so much and then simple economics dictate the fact that their prices have to go up to justify it.  We have a somewhat different take on that.  We have only one automotive oriented sponsor per se and that is Mickey Thompson.  They pay for the "Top Ten Fastest" awards jackets in each class.  They get continuing advertising value by their name being on the jackets and don't think for a minute these aren't valued by the racers.  When you see a crowd of people wearing short sleeves under sunny skies and then spot a guy with sweat popping out of his forehead in a wool Mickey Thompson/World Street Nationals award jacket you know he is proud to have earned it and we are proud they're proud.  It's the whole ball of wax that brings the racers.  The purse, the jackets, the trophies, the stickers, the fans, the free entries for returning qualifiers, the gorgeous models, the racers & vendors Thursday barbeque, the free souvenir shirts and tags, the great press coverage, the tradition, the history, the firm but fair application of the rules and being part of a literal who's who assembly of car owners, drivers, tuners, sponsors, chassis builders and engine builders all play a part in the atmosphere of the event.

: When these type of races began almost 20 years ago there were actually a lot of street legal cars racing. Today most of them make no bones about being full-on race cars with working lights.

CW: It's probably more fair to say there were some real honest to goodness street legal cars racing.  And, we have some token rules about mufflers, head lights and tail lights still.  But, we will probably take most of the teeth out of those rules by next year.  It's about door slammers that aren't all titanium and carbon fiber construction.  At the first "World Street Finals" here in 1993 there was a guy named Jeff Stubbs from Virginia that won the Real Pro Street class in a stock bodied Camaro called Pro Roc.  Jeff won, got his money and trophy, topped the tank off with methanol and drove that bad boy out the gate and back to the motel.  Great press.  But, you can bet he didn't drive that thing back to Virginia.

: What are the biggest rule changes you've made over the years regarding your classes, and why make the changes?

CW: The biggest change came the year after we had 102 cars in our 10.5 class.  I needed to come up with a way to let some of these guys with the heavier cars and the more modest set ups get away from the 10.5 tire rocket ships of the event.  So, I came up with a 3,500 pound "Heavy Street" class and at the encouragement of Troy Pirez we added a radial tire class to the race.  Troy called me over and over about this and he was right.  Our deal was that I would run the class but I got to write the rules.  There were twelve cars in Radial Tire the first year we ran them and the total purse for the class was $1,000 and only paid four spots. By 2007 that class went to over 100 entries.  We would more than likely come up with a way to split that into two classes in 2008.  But, some opportunists just couldn't stand not whoring up the rules in several different directions so we decided to hold with our rules and see where things went.  The World Street Nationals Radial Tire rules have pretty much stayed the same with a "stock type" suspension rule. There was a big to do over us letting Paul Major run his Corvette with Camaro suspension in the back.  But, his car met the spirit of the rules.  That adjustment pales in comparison to the myriad combinations that are allowed at some other events now. It will destroy the class.  I'm looking at learning more about the X275 deal.  But, at first glance it appears to me it is a class made for the guys that couldn't hang with the front runners as the class was.  It's amazing how fast the guys are already on the 275 tires.