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: Are all the electronics taking some of the fun out of it?

JH: Absolutely. You know, it’s still fun to go out there and win, but you know that the other guy could, at any time in his lane…it could be his day or it could be your day. So it takes a lot of driver ability away, and I think that’s what the sport is missing. You’ve got to be able to go out there and tune your car and if you can come up with a better e.t., closer e.t., you work with it. You wanna go fast. I’ve been a big advocate for Super Gas, Super Comp, Super Street for years. I’ve been very fortunate through Hughes Motorsports, but I think it’s time for a change in the industry because it’s getting stagnant.

: Many NHRA sportsman racers are concerned about the present and the future.  Do you see Top Sportsman and Top Dragster as the right direction to go?

JH: Absolutely. It’s worked very well for IHRA. I’ve been to a couple of IHRA races where they had 120 cars show up for a 64-car field, and it was great racing. I think that NHRA’s bringing Top Sportsman and  Top Dragster to the NHRA events is great.

: Right now they Top Sportsman and Top Dragster scheduled at 14 events. How do you like their current program?

JH: They’re only running a 32-car field, and it’s already tough to get into a 32-car field. I think they need to open up and make the class have a 64-car field. So that the guy that’s on the outside looking in isn’t discouraged, which is what’s already happened.  Guys are saying, “I can’t afford that, it’s a rich man’s sport already, and if I can’t take a dragster out there and run 6.50s, I can’t qualify.” If they open up the field and make it so if a guy wants to go fast he can go fast, if he wants to make the minimum, which I believe is 6.70 for Top Dragster right now, 6.99 for Top Sportsman, let him get into the field and then he can decide how much money he wants to spend. But now we have a good go-fast bracket race, and I think there’s a lot of spectator appeal to that.

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