: I find a lot of angst between many of the pro teams, including some Pro Stock teams, and the NHRA's management team. Candidly, what is your opinion of the NHRA management and their relationship with the professional teams?

Jeg: I think that they (NHRA) are doing the best they can to keep the rules realistic and the competition on an even keel, but they have a very hard task in trying to do that. There are a lot of smart guys in Pro Stock who are always pushing the envelope to try and get an advantage. NHRA is charged with keeping it fair for everyone and in doing that they make some of the guys pushing the envelope mad, but not me. I think they are doing the best they can for the class and the sport.

He just loves to race, even on snow. (photo courtesy JEGS)

: The NHRA track exit interviews with fans reportedly rate both nitro classes ahead of Pro Stock in popularity. Assuming that is true, what do you think NHRA should do to make the Pro Stock class more appealing to the average ticket-buying drag racing fan and also to Corporate America?

Jeg: That’s hard to answer. You have to give the fans what they want and obviously a lot of them want nitro cars. I think that the NHRA has to do more to familiarize the fans with the class. I think the more fans at the track and on TV are exposed to Pro Stock racing the better they understand and enjoy the class.

(James Drew photo)

: Are you in favor of more stock appearing bodies and powerplants in Pro Stock?

Jeg: I’m in favor of fuel injection and flat hoods on Pro Stock cars so that they would have a more stock looking appearance so that the fans could have an easier time identifying with the cars and knowing that they are Fords, GM, or Mopars.

As far as the engines go, like I said, I think fuel injection would be cool and if the Detroit car builders put superchargers and turbochargers on the engines that sell in the cars we make into Pro Stock, well, why not race those kinds of engines? In racing you have to give the fans what they want if you want them to come to the races or watch it on TV.

Still though, the teams have so much invested in the 500-inch motor programs that they’d have to be very careful how they did something like that. NHRA Pro Stock racing is expensive enough with the parts we are using now; developing a whole new engine program would be really expensive and might put some guys out of the Pro Stock racing scene.