: If the NHRA asked you to come up with a set of new rules that would slow down the nitro cars and not increase the cost of racing, what would they be?

AC: I do not think any changing of a combination is likely to be affordable. The testing required to get the best from a new set of rules costs a bunch, about $9,000 a run last I figured it out. I also think the breakage would be greater than it is now.

Many teams can make all the power they can use on all but a couple of tracks NHRA currently races at. They can run the motor safely and tune for the available traction. I believe that if a car has less power you have to run the motor on KILL all the time to try to win. As Alan Johnson said at a safety meeting “more traction than power equals engine damage.” I agree.

: Has the NHRA-mandated timing-retard device built by MSD been an effective tool for slowing nitro cars’ top speeds and ETs?

AC: We took tons of timing away down track to control tire spin years before they required us to have a rev-limiter.

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: I’ve been told by some tuners that putting a nitro motor “on the chip” contributes to engine failure. Do you believe that is the case?

AC: I do not believe it causes many problems; it is more often used as an excuse.

: To give NHRA races their own personality, would you be in favor of 1,000-foot racing on tracks with shorter shutdowns and 1,320-foot racing on tracks with “adequate” shut down?

AC: It is safer to run 1,000 feet no matter how long the track is, period. There are less catastrophic explosions in the thousand feet.

: There is constant controversy regarding whether nitro-burning cars are or aren’t using traction control devices. Do you think that there are nitro cars now or in the past that have used electronic traction control devices successfully?

AC: I am sure there were cars that had traction control in 1989 before it was against the rules.

: If the NHRA made electronic traction control legal for nitro cars, do you think it would be a good or bad decision?

AC: I think it’s time our racing series takes advantage of the safety systems found on all new passenger cars to provide closer, safer competition.

: Would you be in favor of the NHRA Funny Car class going back to real stock-appearing bodies if the race teams were given a two-year advance warning?

AC: I think it would be damn right DANGEROUS. Proper “aero” is important.