While these are Mopars, there are also Ford and GM NSS cars can coolers. These are Thermos brand stainless steel — the real deal!
While these are Mopars, there are also Ford and GM NSS cars can coolers. These are Thermos brand stainless steel — the real deal!
below are some of the Mopar examples.
The new 2014 Fords Racing in Nostalgia Super Stock Calendars are now ready. Actually you can set the starting month — it doesn’t have to start with January. They make excellent Christmas gifts for your Ford or Racing Friends. There is a 15% off code FALLING until September 26th.
Below are the low-res versions of the high-res photos used to make the Calendar.
This time last year I was in first place and all was going great. This year we’ve needed to have a sense of humor to keep our sanity. Actually Dallas is doing pretty good, but I’ve blown two engines and missed eliminations twice — but that’s just the beginning of what’s made this year interesting — and proving that some years you’re the windshield — and some years the bug. A very very expensive year for me.
Doug Duell has had quite the year — winning the first three races and runnered up at the Dave Duell Classic (named for his father). Since you only count four of six races in the NMCA Champion Chase this year — he’s got it all locked up. Many of the other Top Ten racers had pulled the plug on the season (tow of the top five were no shows) because of the cost and no chance to win — but Dallas and I had promised sponsors we’d make all of the races — plus we’d never raced in Norwalk before. Dallas also has a good chance for 2nd place for the year.
My wagon is still without a motor as I’m negotiating with a couple of new engine builders — so I was again relegated to the Vitamin C backup car. A very different car in a very different index — requiring a very different strategy as I’m most often being chased instead of chasing.
We spent Tuesday loading up the rig and making it ready, taking care of business for the week we’d be away from home; and pulled out of the shop Wednesday morning. While in Arkansas, Dallas (who was driving) noticed that one of the trailer tires didn’t look right and pulled to the side of the road. We’d gotten talked into buying 6 new Gladiator G Load-Rated trailer tires back in March — and have lost two of them since then. The photo below shows another Gladiator with the same sidewall bubble forming and popping issue.
We changed the tire (a real pain in the ass on a loaded stacker on the side of the road!) and pressed on, spending the night in the parking lot at Walmart in Jackson, TN. In the morning we took the spare into the auto center and had then mount another tire we brought along. We usually have one mounted spare and one unmounted. On the road by 9:30Am and all was going well when just north of Nashville — boom! Another Gladiator blowout.
So we again change the tire on the side of the road in 100 temperature. Now we’re out of spares, so while Dallas is driving I’m working the phone trying to find three new Goodyear G614 to put on the left side, and eliminate the remaining two Gladiators and have a spare. I find three in Bowling Green — although they tell us they can’t mount them. A bird in the hand (they’re hard tires to find on the road) is better than two in the bush — so we head there. Two miles away — boom-boom go the remaining Gladiators. Before you think we must not check the tire pressure — I assure you the maximum is put in before we leave the shop every time. This isn’t our first rodeo.
So we pull into back lot of a Kroger, as it was the only place to get to, and I start working the phone to find a tire place that not only has the Goodyear G Rated and can mount on wheels — but will come and get us with three flat tires and return us with three new. I find such a place and we get to removing the tires. The process took damn near five hours in almost 100 degree heat. When done we each showered up and I drove while Dallas grabbed a nap. I turned the driving back over to him between Cincinnati and Columbus — and we got the to track’s staging area at about 2:30AM.
8AM we get to our pit and started setting it up, establishing credentials, and teching in the cars — while holding a pit spot for Doug Duell — who would be coming with a pickup and trailer on Saturday and staying with us.
We had two time trials on Friday afternoon and the first round of qualifying at 7PM. We generally set up the cars to be .02 seconds slow to make sure we get in — then use the next two Qualifying rounds to push the envelope for a #1 spot. I ran a 11.022 on a 11.0 and Dallas a 9.547 on a 9.50 and we had the third and fourth spots (25 cars) after the first round.
Norwalk is one of the nicest tracks in the country. It has the reputation as being the most racer friendly, and it is as good as any I’ve ever been at. While our NSS class was able to ultimately muster 25 racers because of so many living in the area — the rest of the classes had a real light showing. About half the car count than what was expected. I’m sure it is a combination of the cost of diesel, lack of sponsor help, and run-aways in most of the car classes are the reason. We did twice over the weekend take advantage of the $1 pound ice cream they’re famous for.
On Friday night I had Dallas change the shift light points in my tach to adjust for the weather expected Saturday. We adjusted the weight in both cars and Dallas was able to run a 9.507 — but my car didn’t act right in both the burnout and started to sound weird and breakup at 4500 RPM so I immediately lifted and pulled to side while looking in the mirror. When I saw that I wasn’t oiling it down I drove off the track at 55.
Back in the pits we poured all over the car — finding absolutely nothing. I took it for a fast drive — although not able to get close to the RPM it was screwing up. We thought maybe a convertor issue and I decided that I’d have to run it until it broke so we could figure out what the issue was. Since Dallas had the #2 spot with a .007 we decided to push the envelope on his and he broke out with a 9.497. I was able to determined that my problem was the tach was reading wrong by a lot — almost double. In the previous round I’d hit the red line but the tach had said 4500. Same happened in the last Qualifying so I shifted to third by ear for a 11.202. I thought the tach must have been configured to 4cyl — but that wasn’t it. We don’t carry a spare tach and couldn’t find a tach or shift light before the first round of eliminations at 9AM Sunday. I set the car up based on my Friday run and shifted by ear. I ran the exact number I was set up for — but was -.007 red on the tree. The guy I ran had the run of his life with a .017 light and a 11.002 ET — so I would have lost anyway. Dallas was also a first round runner up. He’d been cutting great lights all weekend, but was just a tad slower than the other guy — and brokeout with a 9.497.
We were on the road at 1PM. The plan was to drive the 1350 miles straight — but at 2:30AM — BOOM!
This one was by far the biggest PITA as it was up against the guardrail on a steep incline. We had to jack it up 5-6 times and use jackstands to move the jack around to get the spare on. When done we headed to Walmart in North Little Rock for the night — as we were whipped and needed another spare.
We slept until 8, showered, and then headed to a truck stop. While I was in the tire shop waiting in line to talk to someone — Dallas weighed the truck and trailer to see if being overweight was blowing the tires. The trailer (triple 7,000 axles) is rated for 21,000 pounds and I figured we we’re around there.
So we get another tire mounted and I’m driving and it keeps bothering me that the trailer weighs so much. We have two cars – and the backup car is all metal/glass and very heavy; golf cart and big tool chest; and a spare transmission plus 9 crates of spare parts — but still can’t buy 35,000 pounds. I’m thinking I’m going to have to sell my trailer and get and heavier one — plus move parts to motorhome and leave stuff home; then I decide to pull into a Flying J for a second opinion.
I’ll assume Dallas didn’t do it right and I’m real glad I went for a second opinion. I’ve ordered 8 new 17.5″ forged wheels and H-rated/75MPH rated Goodyears for (ugh!) $6,200. That will increase the load from 3,750 per tire to 4,500 per tire.
We finally got home Monday night. The truck’s dash A/C crapped out, so it was windows down, and to cap off the weekend — and piece of artwork shipped to me was left outside the shop by UPS and it was ruined from rain.
Yup — sometime you’re the bug, and sometimes the windshield. You just wake up in the morning and realized you survived the drama from the day before — and that life is just a bungee cord of ups and downs. The light at the end of the tunnel is that Dallas will have second place if he can go one round more than the Michael Sanders– who won the Norwalk race. If not — he should have third unless someone runs away with the 1.5X’s points for Indy.
The Dave Duell Classic is the biggest and bestist of all NSS Races — or at least that’s my opinion. Dave Duell organized and administered to this race for many years when it ran during the Monster Mopar Weekend in St. Louis. In 2005, Dave passed away and his son Doug took over the administering of it. In 2006 we had the first Dave Duell Classic. When Gateway closed its track three years ago, The Classic found a new home with the NMCA during it’s Bowling Green Race. I try to help where I can with creating and running the DaveDuellClassic.com web site.
We loaded up on Tuesday and Dallas took the rig to get washed so we could leave in the morning. On the way back he called to say that there was a large air leak coming from the dash. After we tore the dash out (a huge jigsaw puzzle) – we found the culprit to be a air sensor switch — only available at Freightliner.
Freightliner is about 55 miles away, so I fought 3 hours of Houston evening rush-hour traffic, I was back to the shop and had the Coronado back together by late night, so we could still leave in the morning.
We (four of us with my wife and youngest daughter PLUS 4 dogs!) left the shop at 9AM and arrived at our usual overnight stopping point in Jackson, TN at about 11PM. After an early start Thursday morning we were at the track at noon. I had to bring a 60 Plymouth fender for someone who was meeting me at the track — and he was there waiting on us — so we dealt with taking that to him before setting up the pits.
Also waiting for us was another trailer flat. I buy a new set of Load Rated G Goodyears every year for about two grand, but still have more than my share of the tires loosing their tread cap. This year I tried a set of Gladiators — but two have so far developed bubbles. This bubble was on the inside and we didn’t see it until it popped. It looks like I need to spring $5000 for a set of seven 17.5″ HD wheels and H-Rated tires.
For some reason, the NMCA forgot to send in their people to Kentucky for establishing credentials or tech in cars on Thursday — for the first time in the six years I’ve raced with them. I kinda thought that’s what the extra $45 a person they bend you over for on Thursday was suppose to cover. So after setting up the pits there was nothing to do, but Friday we had extremely long lines for both Credentials and having the car teched in, which limited the Time Trials of many people waitng in the lines. It could have been worse (IE: Even Slower) as although NSS had 57 cars — every other class was smaller than I’ve ever seen. Even though the weather was great — I’ve never seen such a small turnout at a Bowling Green race. Money is tight, diesel and race fuel is more expensive — and I guess fewer people are able to go racing. I know my personal out of pocket is at an all time high since Bowling Green’s 900 miles in my closest race.
The “Newly Freshened” engine in my Wagon blew up in qualifying at the last two NMCA races — the last time destroying the block and crank. So my backup car “Vitamin C” was pressed into action. Dallas has two years on his motor without issue (knock on wood — so I bought all of the parts and pieces to the people that built his engine to see what it will cost to get an engine like his, which is a clone of Doug Duell’s.
Speaking of Doug, he won all three of the first NMCA races (and runnered up in this one) so the rest of this year is relegated to getting the best position we can, and tweaking the cars, as the Championship is in the Bag for Doug.
I also have a new engine in the Vitamin C, but I had a little bit of consistency issues with the car this weekend. It was all over the map, and the weather station couldn’t accurately predict what I’d run based on my previous run. I’m not sure if it is the engine of maybe the converter — but I’ll get it ironed out before the next race in Norwalk — which is at the end of this month. Dallas’ car was dead nuts on all weekend — even though we made a rear shock change from QA1 to AFCO.
Saturday we had a Class race — with Dallas in FX and I in NSS/C running in the two largest classes. I turned on the Stupid bulb on in the second round. Dallas however won the FX class and the $1000 for the second year in a Row.
One of the other benefits of the Dave Duell Classic is a Driver’s Dinner — with a lot of sponsors giving some pretty good swag for the Driver’s Only raffle. Sure wish I would have won the convertor. Need to find a good convertor sponsor!
Sunday I had Duell on the tree in the second round by a pretty good margin, but took too much stripe when the car out of no where ran a tenth faster than the computer said it would. Dallas went four rounds, but after a .004 light in second round and .008 in the third round — he turned on the stupid bulb against Duell in the fourth – having to settle for the semi-final cash. Duell went to the finals and he too red lit. Actually there were a heck of a lot of red lights all weekend long — and the ratio of red lights in the right lane seemed like it was 5:1. Weird.
That’s my story — and I’m sticking to it!
June 17, 2013
The Hot Rod Reunion is a NHRA Musuem benefit by “Invitation (Limited to 300 cars) Only” in Bowling Green, KY the Thursday (arrive Wednesday) through Saturday before Father’s Day. While it is packed full of racing, the shear number of cars and exhibitions, plus a huge car show makes it more of a Social Event than a race. Indeed, in three days we got one Time Trial and one Qualifying on Thursday, and 1 Qualifying on Friday – before eliminations began on Saturday.
The Schultz team (Dallas, Hope, Dave & three dogs) left the shop at 9AM Tuesday. At 1pm the Motorhome’s generator turned off. When it was turned back on — it would run but not provide electricity. A rest area diagnosis found that the relay box that switches between shore power and generator had caught fire from a short. We also observed that one of the six 14-ply new (bought on the way to Bradenton in March) trailer tires had a golf ball size bubble in the side wall.
We arrived at the Walmart in Jackson, TN (our typical I-40 overnight stop for us) at midnight. Back on the road at 9AM Wednesday, and we arrived at the track to set up pits and tech cars in at 1PM. These tech guys put the cars and equipment under a microscope — and I had to get a new pair of gloves because of a 1/2″ rip at a seam in the palm.
Nostalgia Drag World posted the above photo on their site, saying: It wouldn’t be a hot rod reunion without the ‘Texas Whale’ owned and driven by Dave Schultz. A crowd favorite with those launches. At Bowling Green, KY. — with Dave Schultz.
Thursday we ran the cars in a Time Trial at 10:30 through a 40MPH head wind. We thought we’d get two Time Trials — but they canceled the second. At 1:30PM we got a no notice call to the lanes for the 1st round Qualifying. It was expected after 3PM.
Friday at 9AM we were called to the lanes for the second Qualifying. Were suppose to get another Qualifying in the afternoon — but that too was canceled. The golf ball sized bubble in the trailer tire had grown to Softball size and was at the bead — so we swapped it for a spare.
Saturday we were called to the lanes at 9:30 for the first round of Eliminations — but waited quite some time before we ran. Most all of us assumed the cars would run slower from the increased temperature — but most all of us broke out from that assumption because the humidity improved more than the temperature raised. Dallas and I were 1st round runner ups — and our four day adventure ended with only 4 passes each.
We were on the road back home by 1PM, and at our shop at 1PM Sunday morning.
Again, this wasn’t a points race, and it was more of a Social Event for the drivers. We had a great time swapping lies with the other 30 Nostalgia Super Stock drivers, and a NSS Bar-B-Q in DW & Barry’s pits. Now we’re happy to be home so we can get ready for our next points race in Joliet, IL. We’d just put a new engine in the Texas Whale — so these four passes were good break-in passes for the rings to seat prior to a points race. The cars ran very good.
Dave Schultz – May 20, 2013
This was a first time Nostalgia race & show held last weekend in Memphis, TN. The NSS racers refer to it as the "Barry Nats" because Barry Camp was responsible for the NSS Class of the race — but a shout out should go to Jimmy Ray for all of his involvement with details, sponsor, and the Driver's Dinner on Friday night.
My wagon was still waiting for another head gasket to finish putting the engine together after a freshen up following a issue during qualifying in Atlanta — so the Vitamin C (our backup car) was again pressed into action for this non-points race. Dallas was driving the Big Red Ram.
We left Thursday at 6Am and drove through the remnants of a bad storm that tore up the Fort Worth area the night before. We arrived at the track at 6PM. It rained all night and until about noon Friday. The track was dried and went hot at about 3PM, and we were able to make a Time Trial and a pair of Qualifying passes. Saturday we made two more Qualifying hits at noon and 2PM, and then went into Eliminations at 4:30.
Dallas Qualified 8 and I qualified 11 of 22 cars. Dallas won his first two rounds, but Barry Camp has his number this year — and took him out in the third. My guy was running too fast — so my plan was to push him to break out and give him the stripe at the last minute. It was a good plan, and I gave him 5' — but my light sucked worse than his (by.020) and I should have given him 7'-8'. We had a double break out with his 10.967 to my 10.961 on a 11.0 Index. I'd been chopping the tree down on Friday, but couldn't cut a good light on Saturday. It turns out my slicks on the backup car were bald and each 60' was worse than the one before, which I'm sure had a little to do with it — but I really was just having one of those days on the tree when you need .025 or less to win against these guys.
Below are some photos I took on my cell phone of the event. They're far from good quality — but you might enjoy seeing what was at the event just the same.
I’m done walking through their doors — at least after I pick up my generator and take somewhere else.
I swear — the last five or six times I’ve been down there I’ve walked back out completely dissatisfied and without what I came there for. Mostly simple items that they should stock — and that I’ve indeed found down the street from them.
Exactly a year ago I bought a portable suitcase sized Honda generator from the Katy, TX store for $1000 — and was talked into buying a 2-year extended service contract that would swap out my generator if something went wrong with it.
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So I rarely use this generator — and have it as a backup for my motorhome when were on the road racing — but when I last tried to use it, the motor runs and the generator doesn’t work. On 5/2/13 I take it to the Camping World — and a Service writer by the name of Austin Goodwin asked me if I had an appointment. I tell him that it is less than two cubic feet in size — why would I need an appointment to drop it off? He takes it and tells me that they’ll look at it and call me that afternoon — but will most likely just swap it out.
I never get a call on 5/2, and so I called back on 5/6 and leave a voice mail. That call was never returned and on 5/9 I call and Austin tells me that their guy looked at it and can’t figure it out — and that I’ll need to pick up and take somewhere else. I remind him that not only does the Honda site list the Katy service center as an authorized Honda service center — but that they’d bent me over for and extended warranty — and that Camping World’s site says to take it there. He replied that the Internet is mistaken that they don’t repair Honda, and that I never had an appointment too bring it in the first place.
Don’t buy Honda generators and don’t buy from Camping World. They’re run by idiots and they lie (when selling extended warranties).
While the Big Red Ram has been performing very well for Dallas, the Texas Whale sustained engine damage at our last race in Atlanta. We’ll never know the exact sequence of failures but the engine sustained a broken push rod, three bent push rods, a broken roller lifter, a pair of damaged roller rockers, and the three bolts on the geardrive to the camshaft loose.
Despite the engine having but 11 passes on it since a cam and head change — the decision was to completely tear down for further cleaning, inspection, and bearing replacement. Dallas tore the engine down and cleaned the parts; I order a set of beefier push rods from Smith Brothers, rockers from T&D, lifters from Bullet, and timing set/gaskets/timing cover,engine bearings/cam button; and Damon has assembled the short block. However, we’re still waiting for the rockers and Cometic Head Gaskets — so the Texas Whale was not ready for this race.
So the Vitamin C was pressed into action. I bought this slower (mid 10-second) car 4 years ago, and ran it for a couple of years while the Whale was getting finished — and Dallas was getting use to maintaining a mid 9-second car. A pin hole found it’s way through a cylinder wall two years ago — and the 426 block was just too worn to spend any more time as a race engine. A 440 block was machined and new dome-top pistons were attached to the old rods, crank, cam, heads, … for the new engine – and the car is scheduled to be completely rebuilt next year when my youngest daughter will start racing it in 2014.
Since we hadn’t driven the car in two years or tested the new engine, we took it to San Antonio and I entered it in the bracket race – something I’ve never done. While I went a few rounds and made 5 passes, the car was running a very slow (but consistent) 11.3s. The day we left for the Mopars at the Motorplex — we made the call to change the distributor with one having advance. That appears to be a good call.
We left the shop at 7PM on Friday night and arrived at the track at midnight. At 7 AM we started setting up the pits. I only had one chance to Time trial the Vitamin C, and it ran a 10.9 in horrible weather that had other cars 2 to 3 tenths off. I felt like I could get it to 10.7s or 8s with more timing — but since there was only 1 time trial — I had to leave it where it was. Dallas was able to get the Big Red Ram to run a 9.45 — which is about 2/10 slow, but still good enough to declare the B/FX index.
Even with 30 pounds of weight I (7601) was too fast with a 10.98 for the first round of qualifying. Dallas (7602) spun and was a little too slow with a 9.58.
In my first round of eliminations, I ran Tony Smith, who is a tough draw. He’d beat me the first time we’ve run each other, but I have come out on the better end in the Semis last year at both the Mopars at the Plex and the NMCA race — both events I had won. I cut it way too close with a perfect light (.000) and a perfect ET (11.000) when I lifted at the MPH cone and let Tony take the stripe to breakout.
Dallas had also won his first round. In the second Round I turned the stupid light on with a .009 red against Mark Buchanan, and he had a bad light and a poor run to add insult to injury. Dallas won his second round with a hole-shot win. I’m guessing I must have staged a little too deep.
In the Semis Dallas again won with a hole shot against Frankenwagon — giving him a chance to avenge my loss against Mark Buchanan for the Finals. Dallas ran a near perfect 9.501 on his 9.50 Index — but was caught snoozing at the lights — handing the win to Mark Buchanan. We were shooting for Back(2012)-to-Back(2013) Schultz wins at the Mopars at the Plex — but Dallas still scored a $500 check for first worse. We were loaded up and passed through the track’s gate at 6:30PM, arriving home at 10:30 after driving through a bad storm.
We’d like to thank our sponsors Royal Purple, Fuelab, TTI, Texas Motorcycle Excursions, Crew Chief Software, and Mancinni Racing for their help with our racing. Their sponsorships are very much appreciated – as are their products important for our success.
The second race in the NMCA’s Championship series is the NMCA/NMRA/NHRA combined race at Atlanta International Dragway, in Commerce, GA.
Dallas and I left the shop at 9AM (Central) on Wednesday and arrived at the track’s motorhome staging area 900 miles away at 2:30AM (Eastern) on Thursday. The trip was relatively uneventful other than driving through very high winds, which caused the 11′ corner trim on the stacker to come loose — having Dallas on the roof in 40MPH winds to cut it loose for me.
We set up the pits (high winds — so there were no awnings or banners this week), established credentials, and took the cars to get teched in. While teching in we looked at the track, which was was yellow/green from a thick coating of pollen. In fact we’d use a California duster on the cars three times a day for the whole weekend — and the below photos are about 4-5 hours worth of pollen on cars. It also was all over the inside of our trailer, in the tool box, in the motorhome, on the weather station computer — all over!
A bad storm was due to hit Commerce Thursday night, and so we put everything up for the night. The storm had strong winds with driving rain during the night — rocking the coach pretty good. In the Morning we got the cars out and set up the pits again.
Friday morning was off to a late start for the track. The Atlanta track crew has to be the worse at a NHRA track. They’re slow, arrogant, and inept — and they were about as bad this year as they’ve been in years past. Frankly I hate going to this track — and have the worse luck there.
Time trials were suppose to be from noon to 3PM, but they called us to the lanes an hour late. We waited in the staging lanes for 2 hours before being able to make the first of the three passes we had hoped for. Dallas and I were able to be fast enough (for any extreme weather change during the weekend) when we made our base run.
I (7601) wanted to run the C/FX (9.75) Index, and Dallas (7602) wanted to run B/FX (9.50 seconds), so we were in good shape. It was to be the only Time Trial we were to make as 84-year-old Willard Kinsler flipped his car at the 330′ cone — and it took hours to get that all squared away.
The first Qualifying runs were to have been at 3PM — but wound up being at closer to 6PM. I always try to set my car to be 2/100 a second slower (9.77) than the index, so I can get in the show immediately — then use the next two qualifying passes to get closer to #1 Qualifying position. We do the same for Dallas’ car.
Dallas and I ran each other in the 1st qualifying pass, the photo of which is the top photo. My car felt good, and the time slip with a 9.769 showed that I had my car right to within 1/1000 a second of the planned 9.77. Dallas was 32/1000 a second off his — which we consider good for a first round. It was good enough for me to be the #3 Qualifier and Dallas #5 out of 15 NSS cars.
The saying is that your car always runs best before the engine blows — and as I was coming back from the pits the engine started to not sound right. A quick look showed a broken lifter, a broken pushrod, two bent pushrods, and a pair of hosed rollers. We carry 11 tubs of parts — but not enough to fix this — plus I was certain we’d find more damage. So I was out, but at least I got qualifying points.
After three qualifying passes — my single pass held up for a #5 Qualifier and I believe Dallas was #6. Dallas won his first round — but had a minor mechanical problem while moving into the burnout box — and so he lost his second round.
The rain came after the second round — and so the Semis and Final will take place in Joliet this July.
We left the track and 3PM Sunday and arrived home at 4AM Monday. My engine has since been torn down (other issues found), parts ordered and it will be ready for the Hot Rod Reunion in June. We have a pair of non-points races in Ennis and Memphis before then — that I will run in the back up car – Vitamin C.
NMCA’s First Points Series Race – Bradenton, Fl
or how some events you’re the pigeon, and some events you’re the statue
Dave Schultz in the Texas Whale – Dallas Schultz in the Big Red Ram
March 26, 2013 – Dave Schultz
Bradenton, Florida is the first NMCA six Point’s Races for 2013. Not only is it a long haul for us Texans — but for some reason weird stuff always happens when we go to this race. Last year it was the Generator of the coach going out as soon as we pulled in. In other year’s past we’ve had the rig stuck in the sandy pits; a blown engine, events held over to Monday, and one year a farmer was plowing at the top of the track in a 45mph headwind — creating dunes on the track. The Tampa area being the Tampa area — means daily rain.
First a quick recap of 2012. Dallas was in the Top 10, and I was in the lead for the Championship going into the final Points (Double Points) race at Indy in October. I lost the Championship by one round, when I didn’t cut a good enough light against 00-Joe at 2AM. I did manage to win a NHRA Wally in Houston in November, and was chosen by fellow NMCA racers as “Ambassador of the Year” at the PRI convention in December.
During the winter of 2011, we’d spent $50,000 making Big Red Ram ready for Dallas – so it was good to go for 2013 with very little work required. The winter of 2012 was time to make the Texas Whale right. It’s engine was pulled for the team’s spare and the Coronet’s previous engine was freshened and modified for the Whale. The car also received shocks all of the way around, a new converter, new custom headers, a gear change from 4.68 to 4.34. There were also some 4-link and other upgrades made.
A lot of work was performed on the Whale over the winter
We never got a chance to T&T the car before the race — just make two light passes at a local track to ensure all of the changes held together. Wound up getting a front flat that couldn’t be repaired. New tires were ordered and mounted just before loading up for Bradenton.
On Tuesday March 19th we loaded the rig with the cars, parts, and supplies to last a week away from home. Just as we were to knock off for the day a leak was discovered in the air tank that supplies the stacker’s air bags. Dallas got it slowed down to 1 pound a minute without air from the truck — but maintaining the proper air when the truck was running. There was no way to get a replacement tank quickly.
We left at 6AM and were to meet our Pit Buddy Doug Duell at a Walmart in Lake City, Fl for the night; then we’d leave at 8AM to convoy the last 225 miles to Bradenton. However, while running at about 70 on I-10 in the Panhandle, I saw a cloud of black smoke explode in my right mirror and the trailer starting to jacknife to the right. I got her straighten and stopped on the the narrow right shoulder.
Blew two relatively new G-Rated tires. 3 hours and $250 lighter we got back on the road
I put new 6 new trailer tires on every other year at the cost of over $2500, and we always have 110 pounds in the tires before we leave home. So after consulting Google and making some phone calls, I found a tire service willing to come out and put my two spares on the trailer. Three hours and $250 lighter to Mountain Man’s twin brother, the spares were on the trailer, and a cheap (wrong size and wrong rating — but only available) spare was mounted on my 7th rim. We got to the Walmart at 1AM — and caught 5 hours sleep.
In the morning all showered up and ready to go — we see that one of the tires on the other side had lost its entire tread. Fortunately there was a truck tire place fairly close by that had 6 new G-Rated 235/80-16 14-ply trailer tires of a different brand than Goodyear — who I’ve lost all patience with. Doug left for the track to get a decent pit for both rigs and we headed to the tire dealer.
another couple of hours and couple thousand dollars and we again were on the road
As we got back on the road — Doug called to say that I-75 was at a standstill because of a truck fire. So we plot a scenic route, which is always interesting for a 82′ rig, and head to the track the long way. We get to the track at 2; had the pit set up, established credentials and teched the cars by 4; and headed to the lanes before they closed them at 5.
quick pit set up then head to the lanes for a TT before they Closed. First pass had a perfect light.
First pass off the trailer I cut a .000 light and ran the fastest pass that car had ever made. I made three TT passes with a .000 light, -.002 light, and .011 light. I wanted to run the 9.50 Index, but the wind was picking up to where we had to take down all the banners and awnings, and the air was getting bad. Friday was bad, but it got worse Saturday, and even worst Sunday — where the head/cross wind was 40mph. To make a long story short — I declared for the 9.75 index and qualified 6th of the 12 racers entered in the NSS Class. Dallas did better with a #3 Qualifying. I was chopping down the tree in Qualifying with a .014, -.011, and .020 lights.
Dallas and I both won our first rounds, as did Duell, Camp, Sanders, and Stansbury. The bad news was Dallas and I were on the bad side of the ladder and had to meet each other in the next round. I had both cars tuned (with weight using the Chew Chief 7 Predictor) to dead on, so that we would leave it to our lights. Dallas had also been having good lights. However, I screwed up and went -.008 red at the same time Dallas was napping a little.
Father and son show down. Father goes .008 Red!
The other winners were Duell, who would get the bye in the next round; and Camp — who’d go up against Dallas. Dallas had a better light than Barry — but took too much of the stripe in a Double-breakout — putting Barry in the finals against Doug. Doug won the event in a close race.
I’d like to take a minute to thank Randy at Royal Purple, Sam at TTI Exhaust, and Don at Crew Chief for sponsoring us with their best of class products — and promise them we’ll do better in Atlanta.
I’d also like to thank new sponsor Brian at Fuelabs; for sponsoring us with the the fuels pumps, filters and regulators that champions like Doug Duell and Andy Warren have on their cars.
Looky who is in the far lane
I bought a 3-ring binder and some plastic page sleeves. This book has virtually everything I need to know about the car.
Every manual to every part, every scale sheet, every chassis certification, and every cam card go into a sleeve in the book. Every run with the weather, weight, tire pressures, and jetting is logged. Every repair, improvement, or change made is logged.
You can get a log book from Summit Racing that you can log the runs and maintenance in, or make your own in Word or Excel that has all of the information you want to log. I have a weather station that logs my passes with the weather — so all I have to do is print them and 3-hole punch.
This helps you know whats in the car, prove the safety, know what maintenance is due, know what the car ran in conditions similar — or if the car is falling off. Different times can indicate things like the slicks or the torque converter going away.
Keeping a book with manuals and a log book will also make your car more valuable if and when you want to sell it.
Thanx for those who voted. You can vote once per day, and the friends of the Top Five are doing it. Please help keep the Texas Whale in First.
The MoparStyle Racing Team will be repainting each of the four NSS cars over the next four years — and this is as good of a time as any to consider a team theme. In 2013, well be stripping the black Coronet, having the drive train freshened, some body work performed, and the car completely repainted before reassembly. In 2014, we’ll be doing the same for the Vitamin C — to make ready for Hope to start racing it. In 2015, it will be the wagon’s turn, and the Big Red Red’s turn will come in 2016.
A couple of the things that are important to consider is:
If you’d like to play, CLICK HERE for a full page graphic that you can right-click, save on your computer and either print to color by hand, or modify in a graphics application. The email to me at the address on the graphic.
There’s no prize — but if we select your submission, we’ll credit you on our sites. We will also be posting the submissions on the forums at NSSRacing.com/forums.
There is also a pre-registration form for those who intend to race in the DDC this year. It is not a “Set-in-Stone” commitment — but a tool to help plan pitting, dinner, class sponsors, etc. Please take a moment to submit your pre-registration.
Let’s make this year the biggest and best Dave Duell Classic to date. If you have a legal Nostalgia Super Stock car — this is the one race you must attend. There is always a big purse, and a bigger time. Details on the Saturday Class prizes, and the Sunday big purse will be announced in the near future.
If you would like to sponsor a class, have swag for the driver’s dinner, have influence with someone who would like to do either, or just have a question — there is a contact form on the DDC site to email Doug.
Dave and Dallas Schultz traveled to the PRI Show at the Orlando Convention center earlier in this week. At the show they looked at parts and equipment to enhance their racing, speak with some current and potential product sponsors (hopefully some news to announce in the next couple of weeks with regards to a couple of new product sponsors) and attend the NMCA Awards Ceremony — where Dave received his fifth in a row Top 10 Jacket (he missed the Championship by 1 round this year) and Dallas his 4th in five years (he took a year off a few years back).
A very big and pleasant surprise to Dave was that NMCA Drag Racers voted him as the 2012 Ambassador of the Year, and he received the above pictured award. Last year Dallas had received the Crew Member of the Year — as voted by the NMCA racers. Both awards are very much coveted, and as important to the drivers as a Wally — as they only receive them through the votes of the others who race in NMCA.
The new Mopars of NSS Racing wall calendar and other memorabilia was just added to the gift shop this morning — just in time for your Christmas shopping. Click here for more details.
The calendar and other items use Hi-Res photos (without watermarks) taken at the starting line of various NMCA events. Te below are low resolution versions (with watermarks) representations used.
There are hundreds of other wall calendars and other NSS Racing Gift items available at: Old Hippie’s Gift Shop.