Brad Anderson talking with legendary tuner Ken Veney (Steve Gruenwald photo)

Brad Anderson: I just think the turbocharged engines have an advantage. The way they (NHRA) screwed the rules around last winter to favor the other (nitrous injected and turbocharged) engines, I said, “Let’s just go with one of them.”  I had cars sitting around, so we’ll a turbocharged engine. Not that we’ll be successful with it, but at least we’ll try.

: And that’s a seriously steep learning curved for anyone, right?

BA: Well Jay’s been driving supercharged cars for forty years, and it’s a different deal, staging a turbocharged car. It’s natural instinct when staging a supercharged car to bring the engine up to 47 or 50 percent throttle, and when you do that with a turbocharged engine it’s popping and banging and getting out of the throttle even a little bit (when staging the car), that’s an absolute no-no. Turbocharged cars require a different staging method. So we haven’t even proceeded to get that right yet.

: Right. He (Jay Payne) said that he feels like he’s the weak link of the combination right now.

BA: Well, I feel that I am in regards to the clutch, because the clutch program is so far off. It’s not a raceable combination at the moment.

: Is it safe to say that if they (NHRA) hadn’t changed the rules for blower overdrive, that you would have probably never made the switch to a turbocharger for you engine?

BA: Yes. I think the rules, as they were, were fair. You know, every time they change the rules to get their so-called parity, it costs a lot of racers a lot of money. And they’re not going to admit they made a mistake. Taking that five and a half percent (overdrive) away from the supercharged engines was a screw-up. The nitrous cars are still holding a nickel (.050) of ET back! And they’ve won every race, haven’t they? (Ed Note: When this interview was done nitrous cars had indeed won every race. Since then Danny Rowe’s supercharged car has won)