Living the Dream – Dave Schultz Tells Us About His Drag Racing Career

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Q: When did you start racing?
A: I was doing some racing in the early 70’s when in the service. By 1975 I was out of the military and there was a bad economic recession going on. I was raising a family, and racing was too expensive, so I gave up for a while. I got back into it in the late 80’s.

Q: What got you into racing?
A: Back when I was a kid in the 1960’s I thought drag racing was neat and would spend my 25 cents allowance to get Super Stock Magazine. A guy down the street had a maroon 1965 Chevelle SS that he transplanted a 427 and 4-speed into, and raced NHRA. That was a big influence. Also, I watched racing on the Wide World of Sports. I was one of those kids that would draw race cars in their notebook at school. Later, I went into the service and worked in the motor pool. Everyone had fast cars and that really got me into racing. It was mainly street racing.

Q: What was the first car you raced?
A: The first car I raced was someone else’s car. It was a ’69 Road Runner with a bench seat and 4-speed. He was having problems racing it because he had to have the bench seat moved up too far and it would get in the way when he shifted into second. I didn’t have that problem, so he let me drive it.

Q: What were some of the other cars you have raced?
A: When I was in the military I had a few cars I raced – a ’71 Torino GT, a ’68 GTO, and a slime-green ’70 Duster 340. I’ve also raced a ’65 Coronet (which Dave’s son Dallas still races) that ran a 580 ci engine with a 4-speed. Now I have my Mopar wagon

Q: What associations have you raced in?
A: I raced in the Texas Outsiders in 2003, 2004 and 2005. I’ve raced in the NMCA since 2006. I raced in the Monster Mopar Weekend and then it went to the NMCA. I raced the NMCA and NHRA combined NHRA Challenge and got two Wally’s.

Q: What have been your major racing successes over the past 5 years?
A: I won Wally’s at Houston and Joliet, I won NMCA Ambassador of the Year, a couple of Class Championships in Monster Mopar Weekend, and I won the NMCA Nostalgia Super Stock Championship in 2014. I’ve raced in every NMCA race since 2007, and have been in the top 10 every year.

Q: What do you like most about racing?
A: I like the adrenaline of going down the track. I like the comradery of the pits. Some of my closest friends are in Nostalgia Super Stock. After the races are over I enjoy getting together with them and popping open a frosty and grilling Italian sausage. My eldest son races too, and I get to spend quality time with him.

Q: Is your family involved in your racing efforts?
A: My son races with me. Also, my seventeen year old daughter comes to lots of races. She says she would like to race Vitamin-C (Dave’s back-up car), but school and volley ball keep her very busy. So, no racing for her yet. My eldest daughter did some racing years ago with a ’79 Dodge Aspen 360. But then she got married and stopped racing.

Q: How long have you used FUELAB?
A: We started using FUELAB in Dallas’ car (the ’65 Coronet) in 2013, and in the wagon in 2014. Also, we are going to be rebuilding another car we raced years ago, the Texas Thug, and will be putting FUELAB into that.

Q: Why did you start using FUELAB?
A: After seeing Andy Warren’s and Doug Duell’s success with FUELAB I was interested. The reliability was very good – both guy’s always got down the track. So when Brian (FUELAB’s President) asked if I wanted to run FUELAB I had no hesitation to use it.

Q: Was there a particular problem you were having that FUELAB solved?
A: Well there wasn’t a particular problem at the time. I had been using other fuel delivery system manufacturers’ parts. Some had problems, and a couple crapped out over the years, and some were better. The system I had been running was still operating OK, but was getting long in the tooth. So, the timing of the FUELAB offer was good. My son’s car did well with FUELAB, so I put it on my wagon, and now it’s going on the Texas Thug.

Q: How has FUELAB affected your racing success?
A: It’s been reliable, and I did win a Championship last year running FUELAB. So, far it’s been great, but I haven’t used it long enough yet to tell about long-term reliability. I do have to say it is the best damn good looking fuel pump I ever used!

Q: What FUELAB parts do you use?
A: I use a FUELAB prodigy fuel pump to supply 9 lbs. of pressure to two 800 cfm carburetors. I also use FUELAB pre-filter and after filter. The pump is better fitting than others – it hides on the frame rail just great. I don’t know of anything better.

Q: Where do you see yourself in racing in 5 years?
A: You know, one of the reasons I like drag racing is because there aren’t age limits like other sports. I used to play on a softball team that had an age limit of 40 years old. When they found out I was 42 I had to quit the team. That really bothered me. I was talking to Big Daddy Don Garlits the other day, and he is 84 and still heavily involved in drag racing. That’s the way I want to be. I see myself running Nostalgia SS when I’m 70. I live and breathe drag racing. I’m living the dream. Drag racing is my whole social life.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I’m into motorcycling and have a toy hauler. I take two one week rides a year. I’ll load the up the Harley’s and drive to a destination. Then take the bikes for day trips. I also have five kids and three grandchildren, and I spend time with them. I piddle around in the shop, and have thirty one collector cars – I swap off driving those. I’m also into photography.

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LSX Series Champion Rob Farley Gives Us Insights on His Drag Racing Career

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Q: When did you start racing? How old were you?
A: I started racing in 1986, I was 18.

Q: What got you into racing?
A: The area where I grew up in New Jersey was near a track (Englishtown Raceway Park), and it seemed that every third house in our neighborhood had a race car in the driveway. On Saturday mornings I’d hear people starting up their cars to work on them. I could tell which car it was by the sound, so I’d get on my bicycle and ride over to the house and watch. When I got older I started racing too.

Q: What was the first car you raced?
A: I acquired by Grandmother’s 1969 Ford Falcon. I built the engine for it myself when I was 17 – a 302 with dual fours. It was my first engine build. I used the car on the street and for racing.

Q: What were some of the other cars you have raced?
A: Primarily I raced Mustangs. I grew up in a Ford household. I bought my first Corvette, a 1989, right after the 9/11 attack. I was a New York City police officer at the time and I wanted to get a gift for myself and also have something that let me get away from thinking about 9/11. I won it on an ebay auction. I kept it for a few years, and won four Corvette Challenge Championships.  Then I bought a 1998 Corvette Indy Pace Car replica – which I still race today. I really like this car, the colors make it stand out from other Corvette’s, and they only made 616 Pace Car Corvette’s with an automatic transmission.  I like cars that are different. I changed out the engine and drivetrain on this car to get it performing like it is today. I’ve won four Corvette Challenge Championships with this car.

Q: What associations have you raced in?
A: NHRA, NMCA, and the NMRA

Q: What have been your major recent racing successes?
A: For the last four years I’ve been racing in the LSX Series (a class in the NMCA that is four years old) and was Class Champion for the first three years. Last year I came in 7th as I was racing with a damaged torque converter and transmission.

Q: What do you like most about racing?
A: I like the travel, meeting racers from other places, and meeting up with friends – with the LSX Series it’s like going to a reunion four times a year. I also like helping other people race. I’ll volunteer to help line them up after their burnouts, and tow them to the staging lane. After they make a pass, I tow them back to the pits from the end of the track.

Q: Is your family involved in your racing efforts?
A: Sometimes. My kids are seven and nine, and they can’t travel with me because it doesn’t fit their school and sports schedule.

Q: How long have you used Fuelab?
A: Since 2011

Q: Why did you start using Fuelab?
A: I met Fuelab at an LSX event in 2011, they were displaying as a vendor there. I started asking Josh (Davis) about the products. He was very knowledgeable and had all the right answers. I was sold on their unique technology and the efficiency.

Q: Was there a particular problem you were having that Fuelab solved?
A: My fuel pump was getting older, and I wanted to replace it before it failed. So, I had been looking around for a new pump. I felt Fuelab had the best product, so I went with them.

Q: How has Fuelab affected your racing success?
A: There is no down time due to fuel delivery issues. I use Fuelab in two vehicles and the performance is flawless.

Q: What Fuelab parts do you use?
A: In the Corvette I have a Fuelab fuel pump, and regulator. I also have a (highly modified) 1985 Mustang GT that I have owned and raced since the late 80’s, and will be racing in NMRA this year. That has a Fuelab pump, regulator, and two filters.

Q: Where do you see yourself in racing in 5 years?
A: I plan to continue racing in the same manner. Traveling, seeing friends, and racing with my “racing family”. I want to continue racing the Corvette in LSX, and also race NMRA with the Mustang.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: Remote control planes, RC helicopters, RC boats, RC cars. I like to do this with my nine year old son. The boats will go 60-80 mph. My son and I race RC off road trucks.