Dave Schultz at NMCA Awards Ceremony

Lighting Horrible, and it is first time in 20 years I spoke in front of 500 people, so there were a few too many uhs. I didn’t prepare a speech as I didn’t want to sound like I was reading.

Since I have a closet full of Top Ten jackets (they only gave to Champs this year) that don’t fit, I talked them into buying me a 3-ply Nomex racing jacket and embroider the back, sleeves, and name on it instead. Convinced them I’d be worth the cost as a walking billboard at track.

NMCA-Champions

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I have a size 13/14 Ring finger and they got everyone a size 11, so I guess I have a pinky ring.

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Really bummed on the trophy. For the last five years NHRA and NMCA partnered up for the Full Throttle series, and the Champ got a big Wally at end of year. This year after the season was 3/4 over, the NHRA renigged on the big Wallys for the Champs. Very shitty of them!

So instead we got this thing, it nice, but sure as Hell isn’t the Big Wally promised at the beginning of the season.

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NSS Champion

From the NMCA Web Site

After Sealing the Deal in ATI Nostalgia Super Stock, Schultz Set to Stand on Stage at NMCA Awards Ceremony

Dave Schultz 1By Mary Lendzion

Just as he went through the traps at the 8th Annual Nitto Tire NMCA/NMRA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing at Route 66 Raceway in Illinois in ’13, the engine in Dave Schultz’s nine-second ’60 Plymouth wagon let go, and pieces of it hit and damaged his transmission mounts and chassis bars.

Rather than remaining sidelined while he had a new 542 Wedge engine built by Indy Cylinder Head and chassis repairs made by BRC Racecraft, he decided to climb into his eleven-second ’63 Plymouth for the ’14 NMCA season-opener, the 13th Annual Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida in March, where he drove to a runner-up finish.

“I went a couple rounds at the next few races, and found out right before the race in Joliet, Illinois in July that my wagon was ready to be picked up from the chassis shop in Indiana,” said Schultz, of Katy, Texas. “I made plans to pick it up on the way to the race, but I was concerned because it was going to have a new engine and chassis changes.”

But, he charged to an event win anyway, kept his momentum and ended the season as the ’14 ATI Nostalgia Super Stock class champion.

Dave Schutz 2It marks his first championship in the class he’s been running since ‘07, and further boosting its significance is the fact that he has dedicated it to his brother, Donald Schultz, who died in ’12.

“There are eighty-plus guys running in this class, and some of them have been at it in the same car for twenty or thirty years,” said Schultz. “The competition is tough, but I like that it’s reminiscent of the ’60s when guys like Dave Duell, Dandy Dick Landy and Ronnie ‘Mr. 4-Speed’ Sox were racing.”

Helping Schultz every step of the way is his son and fellow ATI Nostalgia Super Stock driver, Dallas Schultz, and his goal for the ’15 season is to have a first and second place finish in points with his son.

Catch him alongside his fellow NMCA class champions during the NMCA Awards Ceremony on Dec. 12 at the Indiana Convention Center.

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2015 Racing Sponsor Package

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 Dallas and my Drag Racing Sponsor package is available for you reading pleasure. It is pretty short and sweet — mostly photos.

If you have a good relationship with a potential sponsor that you think would be a good fit for a product sponsor partnership — please pass this along to them.

Our Race Rig is For Sale

I have ordered a new motorhome and stacker trailer and my current Silver Crown/Pony Express (in great condition) is now available for sale.

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Walk around video of the outside

Walk around video of the inside

Complete description and 76 photos can be found by clicking here

NMCA Nat’s 2014 — End of Season

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Sponsor Report

Dave Schultz – October 14, 2014

Dave Schultz Wins 2014 Championship for Nostalgia Super Stock

NMCA Champion Ring
Ring Awarded to the Champion at PRI in December

The 2014 NMCA Racing Season ended this past weekend at the World Finals in Indy. It went down to the third round of the season’s last race for me to clinch the the Championship for NSS — by a mere 10 points.

The NSS Class is one of the most difficult classes to compete in. Over 100 NSS cars compete in the class and most have raced for 10+ years in the same car. There were 28 NSS cars competing  at Indy, with three (Doug Duell, Barry Dorn, and myself) still having a shot at the Championship. I came into the race 55 points behind the leader Barry Dorn. I had to either go one round further than Barry — or Qualify in the Top 5 with him qualifying 20 or lower. Doug had to have Barry and I go out by the second round, and he would have to win the event for him to once again be the Champ.

Lots of Drama and stress in this race for all of us.

None driving to the track, as we left Tuesday morning and arrived Wednesday evening without incident. Friday we set up pits and Tech’d in the cars.  I had decided to replace my 33″ slicks with 31″ — but had no idea what the car would do with that change or the cold wet weather.  I figured I’d need to squeeze in two Time Trials during the open session from 9AM to 1PM to figure it out.

I got in line at 9:30 (to allow a little heat get into the very cold track) — and was the first in the .500 Sportsman tree lanes as I’d gotten there just as they cleared it. I waited an hour (Barry Dorn in back of me) as they tried to empty out the perpetually growing other four lanes. The True Street cars were shutting the track down for Liquid about every other pass. Then the rain came and they closed the track at 11AM for the day!

Also increasing the stress was that my father (well in his 80s and in failing health) was in the hospital having Emergency Surgery for a pacemaker. By Saturday — I found out all was well and he was resting comfortably.

Saturday it was announced that there would be no Time Trials — going right to Qualifying — and that there would be only two instead of three of those!

Dallas (Coronet) & Dave (wagon) in 2nd Round Qualifying
Dallas (Coronet) & Dave (wagon) in 2nd Round Qualifying

In the First Qualifying I threw all of the weight I could fit in/on the car — and ran a 9.88 on the 9.75 Index I declared as a wild guess. Doug ran a 9.501 on a 9.50 index — and Barry was like 3/10 slow off his Index. Barry found a broken ground strap on a spark plug and replaced it, and I took off/out 140 pounds from my car.

So many NSS drivers were pissed over the no Time Trials and having to guess an Index — that they beat a fiery path to Race Control to complain. After much consternation, NMCA allowed the Index racers to re-declare their Index before second round of qualifying — and said they’d TRY to give us a third Qualifying (if time permitted). In the second round Doug was again DNO (Dead Nuts On), Barry was again slow and pinging, and I ran too far in the other direction with a 9.66 on my 9.75 Index.

I really needed for there to be a third round of Qualifying if I was to be able to get the points to have to not have to go one more round than Barry. Drivers were oiling down the track and wrecking — and it was really looking bad for a 3rd qualifying. However at about 6PM they announced that we’d get it, but would then have to hot lap back for a first round of Eliminations. Barry again had found a broken spark plug ground strap. Mike Dichicco felt like he was too lean and detonating for the break — so he rejetted and rodded Barry’s carbs for him.  (Thanks Mike!)

In that third round I did a 9.75 with a 6 and rocketed from #17 to #5 in Qualifying. Barry went too fast and broke out (his problem now fixed) and qualified 20th. This now gave me a 10 point lead instead of previous 55 point deficit. They did call it a day after our third round of Qualifying — as the track was cold and dangerous. Eliminations were Scheduled to begin at 9AM Sunday. We both drew very tough first round of Eliminations competitors.

I’ve had this Championship on my bucket List since 2008 — and the Ring has been my computer’s screen saver since early 2008. I’d had a chance to win the Championship in 2012 — but bad luck with the ladder (I got two tough drivers while the other two each had a broke bye and a rookie in their first two rounds) and bad light squashed my dream. While I tried to be positive — I was so afraid of choking.

In the first round Barry was ahead of me in the lanes, and Dallas was ahead of him. I watched Dallas take too much stripe and breakout, then Barry’s guy also breakout. The weather was obviously better than people were thinking. Pressure on me! I ran a 9.752 on my 9.75 Index and my competitor was pushed out with a 10.49 on a 10.50 Index. I was still in the game.

For the second round we again had two of the toughest guys left – mine being a little tougher. Again Barry was ahead of me, and his guy red lights. I’m thinking — Damn I can’t shake him. My guy also Red Lights — pushing the tree after seeing I’d run a 9.752 the round before. Doug won his round — but he ran out of chances with Barry and I still in.

The third round had DiChicco in the other lane — and Barry also having a tough but also same Index car. This time I was ahead of him in the lanes. Dichicco was running DNO and having good lights — so I bumped in a little deeper than usual for a better light. I went .006 RED. My heart sunk as I was motoring down the track — I’d once again choked on winning the Championship. When I got back to my pit, Dallas told me that Barry had also gone (.020) RED. The Championship was mine. Doug also went out in the third round for those keeping track.

DiChicco and I in a Heads up Race. I went .006 Seconds Red (grrr)
DiChicco and I in a Heads up Race. I went .006 Seconds Red (grrr)

I went to the tower to get my check. They verified that my math was indeed correct — and that I was the new Champ. One more off the bucket list.

All in All it was a pretty good year. I runner up at the First race, won my second Wally in Joliet, and Dallas won his first Wally at Norwalk. It is so good to have cars with the chassis and motors running right! The only real bummer is that NHRA has decided to drop its partnership with the NMCA — and at the awards ceremony (December at PRI) I won’t get the Big Wally the previous Champs received. Kinda petty for them to pull it now instead of finishing the year out! I was a supporter of the NHRA — but they just lost me.

We left the track at about 5PM Sunday and drove through Horrible storms (especially in Arkansas!) — getting back to Houston at 3PM Monday.

I’d like to thank Royal Purple, Mancini, TTI Exhaust, and Fuel Labs for their product sponsorship of our team.  I’m sure hoping this Championship will keep them supporting our team and that we can pick up a few more (Need shocks, tires, brakes, torque converter, Holley carbs, NSS Intake, fuel…) as running two cars (with the closest track 900 miles away) is very expensive.

We are committed to run the series again in 2015 — and Hopefully Dallas and I can be one and Two. I just threw down a half million dollars for a new race rig — and so I have a Superman rig at a Clark Kent Price if anyone is interested.

Last Trip for this Race Rig. For Sale - Excellent Condition
Last Trip for this Race Rig. For Sale – Excellent Condition

Wally Win Photos

Better late than never. I finally received (2 months late) the winners circle photos from my June win in Joliet.

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Team Thug

It is calendar season again. Time to order wall calendars for the 2015 year. The below are lo-res versions of the hi-res images used to make the Team Thug Drag Race Cars of NSS. All of these ran in the 2014 season and are expected to return for 2015.

This calendars make for excellent Christmas gift, and the images are also available on items like can coolers, coffee mugs, cufflinks,….

The small profit made on each calendar goes towards the expenses of maintaining the www.NSSRacing.com web site and forums.

To view the items available — click here.

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Mopar Wall Calendar

It is calendar season again. Time to order wall calendars for the 2015 year. The below are lo-res versions of the hi-res images used to make the Dodge & Plymouth Drag Race Cars of NSS. All of these can in the 2014 season and are expected to return for 2015.

This calendars make for excellent Christmas gift, and the images are also available on items like can coolers, coffee mugs, cufflinks,….

The small profit made on each calendar goes towards the expenses of maintaining the www.NSSRacing.com web site and forums.

To view the items available — click here.

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Route 66 Winner Circle Photos

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Norwalk 2014 Sponsor Report

NHRA Wally for Dallas

August 28, 2014

Dave Schultz

Dallas-Wally-1000Still on a high of again racing my wagon and winning a NHRA Wally last month in Joliet, Tuesday we loaded the rig and left on the two day (and 1300 mile) trip to Norwalk, Ohio. We arrived at the track late Wednesday night. Thursday we were parked, set up our pit, established credentials, and teched our cars in.

10653604_10202550744705590_5483817680873651868_nBecause there were so many cars for the event, we had a maximum of two Time Trials — if we could get them in by 11:30 Friday morning — which we did. Rain was expected for the entire weekend, and the adjusted altitude was high — so all of the 24 cars in NSS index were running slower. Many had to change their indexes to one slower.

10550920_10202527845413122_8135289050767528132_nIn the 1st of 4 rounds of Qualifying — I ran a .004 off my Index — but Skippy bumped me from Top Qualifier to 2nd with his .001 by the 4th round. Dallas was having an issue getting an handle on his car until the 4th round — but did still wind up on the Top half of the Qualifying Roster.

Barry Dorn is 50 points ahead of me for the Championship — but qualified on the bottom half, so his lead has been narrowed.

10397818_10202534143650574_6149261859940757116_n 10475338_686622461406696_74956773152723377_nEliminations started early Saturday morning – and I screwed up in the first round with a .004 Red light. Fortunately (for my chance for the Championship Ring) Barry Dorn also lost in his first round.

10612990_686622488073360_6576732520706964432_nJust as fortunately, Dallas was able to win his 1st round against Fred Rader .

10649747_686622498073359_5035325456518024212_nDallas met Doug Wright (who had just defeated Barry Dorn) in the 2nd round and won. In the 3rd round, Dallas won over Joe Midile, who I’d red lit against in the 1st and had a broke bye in the 2nd.

Dallas earned a bye in the Semis from Midile, who had won it from my 2nd place Qualifying. He ran a 9.746 on his 9.75 index in the bye.

In the Finals Dallas was paired with Newmeyer. If you know these racers that he ran — you’ll know all are very good racers. Newmeyer had an excellent (.00 something) light and Dallas realized his light (turned out to be a .070) was not so good — so he decided he needed to push Newmeyer out if he was to have any chance to win. Newmeyer did take the stripe, which had him break out by .001 – handing Dallas win his first ever NHRA Wally.

10616599_10152238196771160_6008625048878765327_nWhile I was disappointed with my .004 red — seeing Dallas get his first Wally more than made up for it.

I think technically I’m now in first place — by virtue of the small points on my 2nd place Qualifying. We will have to throw out our worse race at the end of the season, and mine is going to be 75 points higher than Dorn’s — so I’ll need to go one round more than him at Indy to get the 2014 Championship.

Dallas and I would like to thank Fuelabs, Royal Purple, TTI Exhaust, and Mancini Racing for their product sponsorship. Running two cars with the average race 1200 miles away is very expensive. We don’t do this for the money. If we won and runnered up every race on the schedule — we’d still lose money — so we very much appreciate the help while we’re living the dream of father and son racing together while we have the chance.

Nostalgia Super Stock Racing With A 1960 Plymouth Wagon