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: Do you think the Radial Tire cars are going too quick and fast to be really safe?

CW: Seems like a loaded question.  If I say yes, it would appear that I would be negligent to let them run at my track.  If I say no, I'll eventually be proven wrong when someone suffers and injury in one of those cars.  So, I think every race car goes too quick and fast to be really safe.  Heck, every family car goes too quick and fast to be really safe.  As I've said many times, there is no such thing as a safe race car or a safe race track. Some are just less dangerous than others.

: Do you think the cost of building and racing the kind of cars that attend the World Street Nationals has gotten out of hand?

CW: Every heads up class will eventually become very expensive.  What accelerates that process is promoters that try to please everyone with the rules.  There is going to be somewhat of a liberalization, progression and creeping of the rules over time.  We try to resist that as much as possible.  Except for some weight adjustments here and there you'll find the class rules for the World Street Nationals pretty much the same as they were in the early years.

: How has the Internet impacted the drag racing business?

CW: Like anything else there are good and bad things, unexpected positive results and unintended negative consequences. There are quite a few people that get hooked on the message board drama.  It seems to become like a recreational or entertainment choice.  The Yellow Bullet is probably the most well known and I do check it out every now and then.  I don't post there at all though.  In reality, a great deal of the adulation is phony and the criticisms that are freely hurled are likely based on manufactured problems or perceptions.  Some event promoters seem to have a very high opinion of the value of exposure there.  And, it may help.  But, to me, a lot of this is unnecessary pandering that falls into the "it couldn't hurt" category.  All that being said I also have to say that in the few conversations I've had with Monty Mikho, who runs the site, he has always been a gentleman with me.  Heck, one time after a series of particularly brutal Carl bashings he called and apologized for what was on his board.  I think when Monty started this thing he pretty well promised not to remove or edit the posts people made. I guess it's possible this could be a problem for him at some point in the future.  Especially if he allows things to remain posted that he knows not to be true.

: Since you have classes that NHRA has no rules for and you are an NHRA sanctioned track how do you tech those classes of cars?

CW: We use the NHRA rule book as our guideline and our tech staff at this event includes J.T. Barron who is a person with the credentials to do S.F.I. Chassis Certifications, Tim Takash who is a professional chassis builder, Warren Bigham who has been an NHRA Tech Official for almost 30 years and a host of others to help check the cars and assist the tech people. The popularity of this type of racing has spawned more than just a few associations that run events at NHRA tracks so by the time the racers get to Orlando at the end of the year they are all pretty much in line with what is needed.   

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