Pro Stock Kawasaki
BLAINE HALE CHATS WITH DWIGHT:
Blaine Hale and Dwight Drum
When I first walked into the work trailer of Blaine Hale, my first thought was… why did we take so long to get here? Blaine rides one of the few Kawasaki Pro Stock Motorcycles in the NHRA, and we often had him on our list of racers to interview. We walked by his trailer often when he and his team which includes his father, the former four wheel drag racer Clayton Hale, were out racing or busy tuning. Blaine calls himself….Hired Gun. That's an appropriate name for a Texan. Join us at the threshold of Blaine's trailer as I talk to this straight shooter.
BIRTH TOWN: Midland, TX
HOME TOWN: Midland, TX
Do you have a nickname?
"No I need one."
Who are your heroes?
"My Dad. Dave Schultz."
What are (or have been) your scariest moments?
"I don't know."
Do you work out?
"No. Muscle weight is too much. I run a little bit."
Do you have a special diet?
"575 pounds total for the bike and me. Weight watchers count the points."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"I say a prayer before I leave, and before I go. I put the left glove on first."
Do you have time for a hobby?
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?
What personal quality (one trait) would you want to be admired for the most?
In a few words, could you sum up yourself ?
"I'm living the American dream, chasing the impossible goal."
What's most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning 5. Other
"Fame…I want to be a humble famous person."
Are you happy?
"Very happy. A bad day at the races is better than a day anywhere else. "
What could make you happier?
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
"I wish it didn't involve so much about money. He who has the most money wins."
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
1. Yes. 2. No. 3. Sometimes
When asleep do you ever dream you're riding a motorcycle?
Where do you find the most peace in your life?
"At the race track. Here it's definitely relaxing."
Other than racing do you have a full-time occupation?
"I'm a Maytag Man."
What got you started in Motorcycle drag racing?
"My dad raced Pro Stock in 1978 to 1984. Then we ran Pro Stock car. My brother took over the Pro Stock car."
Gary asked…Why Kawasaki?
"My dad raced Kawasaki. It's kind of hard to turn around."
What quality do you admire most in other people?
What vehicle do you drive on the street?
"61 Chevy pick-up. It does 9.90 at sea level."
"If you have a dream, follow it. You might not have a chance again."
Blaine Hale, the Hired Gun, the straight shooter, is a Texan ready to cause a racing moment. It's refreshing to question racers like Blaine. We find many like him in the NHRA ranks, but it always a treat to look into the eyes of a brave racer, and get answers as swift as a good run. This Hired Gun seems to be a notch higher on the honesty scale, and that translates to good answers. We listened and came away with staunch reactions.
This polite Texan is the kind of gun we would hire too…if we were hiring. When I went hunting for one word to describe Blaine, I had to find a word almost as big as Texas. That's a tall order. That requires a strong word. Gary and I agreed…Blaine Hale is…