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: What’s your favorite sportsman class to watch or race?

JH: My favorite right now would have to be Top Sportsman.

: Are you building a car for that class?

JH: We are. Kevin’s running a Top Sportsman car this weekend. [Ed note: Kevin Kleineweber won the Top Sportsman class at the event.] We’re also building a new GTO for that class, as well as one specifically for Top Dragster, one that’s suspended, lighter weight, but made for big horsepower.

: Big motor?

JH: Yeah, it’s a 781, which by today’s standards is a fairly large engine. Tracy Downs from Sunset Racecraft has got a really good handle on big cubic inch motors right now.

: What’s your favorite professional class to watch right now?

JH: That would probably have to be Fuel Funny Car. I’ve got a lot of friends in Funny Car. John Force has always been my hero, still is. No offense to anyone else, but he has really brought a lot to our sport, and it’s guys like him that continue to bring spectators to the track. When guys like that bring spectators to the track to see Funny Cars I hate to see categories that push the spectators away because they’re getting boring.

: Do you see Fuel Funny Car in the Heritage series as a reaction to not being able to run nitro at the big show anymore? We have over eighty nostalgia funny cars right now, and a new series of rear engine top fuel dragsters.

JH: If they keep them as nostalgia cars, I think that’s really neat, but too many people are saying that it’s going to a ‘new-stalgia’ class, and ‘new-stalgia’ is just putting an old body on a new chassis and that’s not what some of the older guys like to see. So keeping it the way it used to be, as long as there’s no safety issues, I like to see the older cars, or the specifically built cars but with the rules of twenty, thirty years ago competing against each other. That’s pretty cool.

: And do you think is it important to keep a rules package consistent, so that people building cars know that they can run that car in five or ten years’ time and not be made obsolete by the rules.

JH: Yes. And you don’t want to have the category beat up by cost so that the little guy on a budget can’t compete anymore. There needs to be a playground for everyone to play in.

: Is there some way you’d like to be remembered in drag racing?

JH: If anything, I’d like to be remembered as the guy who came out and gave his all to customer service and building a quality part, someone that people can remember and say, “You know what, he was a good guy. He came out and he gave everything he had. He’d give you the shirt off his back, although it’s too big for most people to wear.” That being said, I enjoy coming out and working with my customers, and continuing to do that until the good Lord decides I’m no longer able.

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