With a young fan in Englishtown, celebrating the win. This is what drag racing is all about!
Watching Shane make a run in the new Service Central Pro Stock Camaro
In the car, strapped in, waiting to make a run in Bristol.
I think you all could guess that I’m having a real good time driving my Service Central Funny Car these days. But you know, there is always that list of things you want to do. I’m no different than any other driver out there – I’d absolutely love to win the championship. That’s why we do this, but there is more to it really than that. It’s just the thrill of getting to drive that car. When you’re going rounds, yeah, you’re getting points. But you’re also getting the opportunity to make one more run today. It’s a lot like being at the carnival with a free pass to go around and get right back on the ride every time. You can’t beat that feeling. It’s just great.
On the subject of things I haven’t done: I’ve had two or three people talk to me about driving a Top Fuel car, and actually when we did this deal with the Funny Car, folks were kind of leaning towards Top Fuel – but I’m just one of those people who really doesn’t care anything about driving a dragster. I had a pretty fast Comp Eliminator dragster once, and I had a pretty fast Alcohol dragster there for a while, and they just don’t do it for me. I like the excitement of closing the body on a Funny Car and being in there all by myself. I like the short wheel base, and I sure do like the wild ride.
Another thing I haven’t done yet in my career is win in a Pro Stock car. I can do all of that through my son Shane now, but will I ever drive a Pro Stock car again? Who knows. We own the engine shop and the cars, and when I quit driving fuel cars, I may get the hankerin’ to go out and make some runs in a Pro Stock car. Maybe I’d run two or three races a year. I just don’t know yet, but I guess it’s always in the back of your mind, you know?
Shane’s program is coming along. Pro Stock is just one of those deals that people cannot believe how tough it is to work your way to the top. The guys had a real good test session the other day, and the Camaro showed signs of grandeur – but it’s the same parts and pieces that we had at Bristol. This is one of those things where you have to continually work at it and move forward. We have some real exciting things going on in our Pro Stock program, and I have 100% no doubt in my mind that by this time next year, that Pro Stock car will be one of the top two or three cars out there.
Outside of racing, I’ve never been over to any of the European countries or anything like that, and that might be something we would like to do. I’ve been to Mexico and to Canada, but never overseas. I’d like to take Terry and go over to Venice or Rome and see the country sometime – but as Terry says, sooner or later I’ll grow up and we’ll go do that.
For now, I’m going to continue this carnival ride of driving the Service Central Funny Car. Things have been going pretty well, and we are extremely excited to go to the next race in Joliet. I’m not crazy about the weather over in that part of the country, and I’m always looking over my shoulder for a tornado somewhere, but I love the racetrack there. It would be a great place for us to work ourselves up to third in the points. We’re just having a ball trying to play leap frog and hop back and forth in the points right there for third, fourth and fifth between me, Beckman and Neff. Oh, it’s fun.
You never can say for sure what the future will hold, but I’m pretty optimistic about what’s ahead: It’s all good.