: So, will there be a printed rulebook?

KN:  It’ll be published online as we’ve done. I think at this point, with the technology we’ve got, to print a rulebook doesn’t make much sense. Maybe if you’ve got 60,000 members it warrants printing one, but for us, we’ve never printed one. But there will be one available on www.adrl.us that will be downloadable. And the race procedures, all of that will be updated within the next couple of weeks.

: How do you perceive the competition between the ADRL and  the new X-DRL going forward?

KN:  Look, competition is one of the things that makes America the greatest country in the world. Free enterprise. Anyone can start a company in any segment, whether it’s entertainment or whatever. Again, I don’t want to come off as arrogant by not acknowledging them, but if I was going to be worried about someone taking our market share, I’d look at established guys; guys that have run races. I just can’t give the X-DRL a whole lot of concern right now. I’m not trying to be politically correct, but our whole focus right now is on growing the ADRL and getting the ADRL back to what it once was. And, more importantly, growing it to what we feel like it can be. We can’t do that if we spend too much time worrying about the X-DRL or the NMCA or NMRA. There’s lots of great organizations. I think that talk’s cheap. I’m from the Show-Me State, so show me.

: What do you feel the ADRL has that other series don’t?

KN:  For one thing we’ve got a proven history.  I will say that there are guys involved with the X-DRL that want to hang their hat on the fact that they were with the ADRL. I’ve heard a lot of racers and sponsors call and say that they’re being sold on the idea that they’re the same guys that ran the ADRL the last year or two years. My only question to that is, no disrespect to the owners of the X-DRL or anyone working there, but how was the ADRL for you last year? Whether you’re a racer or a fan, how was the ADRL for you last year? If that’s what they’re hanging their hat on, I just have to ask how was the ADRL last year, and how was it in 2010 and prior?

People have very short memories, especially racers. I would hope that, as John Montecalvo put it best, I don’t feel that anyone owes me anything in life. I’ve had to work for everything I’ve ever gotten and I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way. Admittedly, my ego got in the way of me making intelligent decisions in the latter half of 2009 and into 2010 more than any other factor. Over the last two years I’ve learned a lot about who I am as a person, about the mistakes I’ve made. But the one thing that has never wavered is my passion for the sport of drag racing and specifically for the ADRL’s brand of drag racing.

The hardest part of the last two years was watching other people try to take credit for something that wasn’t their idea, and it wasn’t something that they conceived, and worse, watching them not take very good care of it, if I’m being frank about it. So the idea that we can now go back and take a second shot at it… One of the most rewarding parts of this whole process has been the fact that Sheikh Khalid Al Thani believed enough in Jessica and I and our group to sell it back to us for pennies on the dollar compared to what he could have gotten from this other group.

: The X-DRL is going to add a turbo class, so they’re going to separate Pro Mod with a fourth class. Do you see that happening in the ADRL?

KN:   One word: NO! Not to disrespect, but having turbos competing? One of the things I vow to do going forward is to be completely up-front and say whatever’s on my mind. Having a class that doesn’t make a whole lot of noise? I don’t know. I don’t want to upset the guys, the turbo manufacturers or anything like that, but we have a class for those guys and it’s called Pro Modified. It’s diverse, with three combinations now.

I remember when I specifically was given the opportunity to make the decision to let turbos into Pro Modified in NHRA and we did that. I remember what a beating I took from the guys who said we were going to kill Pro Modified, because everyone was going to have a turbo, whether it took two years of ten years. And maybe that’s what it turned into, but we’ve got a class for turbo cars in the ADRL. It’s called Pro Modified.