: How is your relationship with the NHRA regarding your race since it has classes they don't even recognize?

CW: We may have classes that don't have the same names.  But, any one of these cars could go to a NHRA/Summit ET race, Lucas Oil or Full Throttle Series event and find a class to run in.  As a matter of fact, the NHRA now has a series that they are attempting to get off the ground with a lot of the same type of cars.  There have been things that have seen me not on the same page with NHRA.  But, this isn't one of them.

: You used to host a division race at Orlando. It's no longer on the schedule. Can you tell us why you dropped the race and what would have to happen for it to come back?

CW: This was actually more of a mutual agreement to disagree.  In a nutshell I was told that I had to run Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters at my 2010 LODRS event and I had to install a speed attenuation system towards the south edge of the race track property.  I understood the Division 2 Director Bill Holt to tell me this would cost about $20,000 to $25,000.  However, my go to guy and former hands on supervisor of NHRA owned track improvement projects, Jimmy Carter, cut every corner and got the best prices possible for this project and the fact was the absolute cheapest we could get by with was  $60,000.  I don't own this property and had just dropped well over $1,000,000 in track improvements and equipment.   Add to the $60,000 needed for this project the additional $16,000 or so needed for the alcohol classes and that figure came to more than 3 times what we had ever made on a divisional points meet.  I just couldn't justify spending the money.  I had already gone overboard and raided our personal savings to buy digital scoreboards, fiber optics, 6,600' of concrete guard wall, additional lighting, add staging lanes, tractors, mowers, track scrubbers, track groomers, new GMC safety trucks, a brand new ambulance, track scrapers, P.A. system, and upgraded to 7,500 seats that meet current codes.  My offer was that while I would not spend $60,000 more on somebody else's property, we would run the alcohol classes 1/8 mile and the rest of the event as we had in the past on 1/4 mile.  Graham Light was a gentleman in every regard as we discussed this.  But, he told me that wasn't possible because either the blown alcohol dragsters or the injected nitro dragsters would have an advantage over the other on the 1/8 mile that would not exist on the 1/4 mile.  And, my comment on that analogy is simply no comment.

: What do you mean exactly by "speed attenuation system"? 

CW: Sand traps, gravel pits, nets, cables, anchors, additional walls to guide cars to them.  I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on the effectiveness of those things.  Personally, I don't know if there is any proof whatsoever those systems will prevent or cause injury.   It looks like sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.  Perhaps they would be better than nothing or perhaps nothing would be better.  It's a crap shoot. 

: As a track owner and career sportsman drag racer what is your opinion of the current NHRA management team compared to pre-Tom Compton management?

CW: I just don't know enough about it to have an opinion.  Perhaps it would be best for me to just be as down to the bone honest as I can be and say each of the management teams have been the best ones for the job because they showed up to do it.  I'm not sure Tom Compton could successfully operate a local drag strip like mine but, I'm very sure I couldn't successfully operate the NHRA.