I read the book and much of what was said on the show was in the book. Seems like Gary's mind can move faster than his verbal skills at this point in his life, but if you listen closely you can make out much of what was said. I'm with Dale, Jr, it was a fascinating interview and Jr's skills as an interviewer are improving every day. He asked all the right questions and I'm sure there were more we might not have heard as well.
Couple likes from the show...The Charlie J diecast coupe sitting in front of one of his producers in the control booth was cool, one of my all time favorites...the V/L pic with Eva Taylor as the trophy girl...
Met her at a trade show at Syracuse the year NDRA ran at Rolling Wheels during Super Dirt Week...the pic doesn't do her justice! She's the one on the far right.
Dislikes....although there were some good pics of the 73 (the pic of the car with the front clip moved over about a foot, backwards on the trailer was the 73, not the 9 as they were kinda making it sound) the Ferraiuolos were never mentioned by name...Anthony would probably modestly say that it wasn't a big deal, but it was in my opinion. If it wasn't for them and later on the 73 King car, who knows what might have happened? He was struggling at Reading in the Statewide Weld car at the time when he returned to the 73 and maybe the 112 never gets built? Maybe those Syracuse wins in the mid '70's don't happen? Who knows and maybe the Ferraiuolos were mentioned but it got cut out...again, we don't know. I just thought it was odd that they didn't get a mention as I think we can all agree they were instrumental in Balough's success in the northeast.
All in all I thought it was a great interview, glad I DVR'ed it. Not that it matters but I was never a big fan of his when he raced here but he sure was polarizing to say the least. Now that I've had the chance to speak with him, albeit briefly, read the book and listened to what he had to say on the show and his honesty about what he did in his life and why he did it, I think I'm not the only one that has gotten a new found respect for the guy. He's not apologizing, but he's not hiding either.
One more thing about Balough I just remembered...a number of years ago I had a conversation with Howie Cronce and Balough's name came up. I remember saying something disparaging about him and Howie said "He can def wheel a race car!" I said "You think so or did he just have really good rides?" Howie said "I'd like to see a camera on his feet while he's driving like they used to do when Nascar ran a road course. I bet his feet move on the pedals like a concert pianist on the foot pedals of a piano."
Pretty big praise coming from a guy that was pretty good himself.