The Apple iPhone is the Swiss Army knife of drag raging. There are many apps, most free, that can assist the drag racer. Many of these same apps are available on some of the other smart phones — but they appear to be a “ported” app that don’t work well of the other than iPhone platforms. Ask Doug Duell about that.
One of the best apps is Jeg’s Perfect Start. I own a Portatree with a full size lights using LED bulbs — but this free app is just as good of a tool — and you can use it in Doctor waiting rooms, stop lights, even in the staging lanes. You have the ability to set the roll out for your car and how you like to stage. Doug had this app for his non-iPhone smart phone — and it didn’t work well. We will ofter sit in the pits at night with a cold Frosty — and pass it around for the best light per round of pass around.
Another of my favorite apps is Google MAPS . It is a great GPS with turn by turn directions. I know most everyone has a GPS in their tow vehicle, and while great for long distance — this is better for a navigator to use for off the course directions. Since our rig is so long — we stay over night at Walmart. This is perfect to find one just off the route and getting turn by turn directions. Same for locating a Flying J to dump tanks, or a place to fix a trailer flat.
The weather Channel app is great to see radar in motion and plan for where your car is or if you need to roll up the awning. Looking at the weekend forecast for the worst weather for the event may help in deciding what index to run. You may be able to run a 9.50 in Friday’s good weather — but what if Sunday is 20 degrees hotter with rain coming in?
At the track you might get parked at the end of the track or under a speaker that sounds like a Jack in the Box drive-thru speaker. Some stay outside to watch others in their class or sit in their truck to listen to the radio. With Geddex ($8.99 — and the only app I’ve paid for) I can sit in the motorhome and watch Judge Judy — knowing I’ll get a text when my class is called. I set it up for my class and the one before me — so I have time to adjust weight and tires.
Another great track app is the 1320go app. You see real times (from RT to ET — and every mark in between) from your competition. You can get an idea of if everyone is too fast or too slow, how their car is running, what lane they’re doing better in, and what kind lights their having. If you have Crew Chief’s “Finish Line Manager” you can use this information to see where you and you competition should be in relation to each other at the 1000′ and mph cone.
iTorch takes the LED camera flash on your iPhone and use it as a flashlight at night for time slips, blown fuse, the missing submarine belt, …
There are a lot of iPhone apps like the above that can assist you in racing — and more coming out all of the time.
Point is that Information is power. Your competition is using this information to race against you — so you might as well use it to race against them. Next time you trade in your phone — think about if your racing could use a Swiss Army knife.
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.
I spoke with Charlie Harmon and Steve Wolcott at the Nats in Indy, and they’ve agreed to run the NSS class, award a Wally, and have sponsor Contingencies at the upcoming Lone Star Shootout.
While the notice is short — there is still time for most to make arrangements for their last shot at a Wally. The Weather is generally very good down here in early November, and last year’s had it sunny and 75 degrees. Please Post Here if you can make it.
The Dave Duell Classic The Best Nostalgia Super Stock Racing Event
Dallas, Chloe, and I left for Bowling Green on Tuesday night at 9PM, and got as far as the Wal-Mart in Marshall at 1AM. I picked up driving at 5AM, we arrived at the track Wednesday at 5PM, and began to set up our pits.
Thursday morning we swapped out the non-adjustable Competition front set of shocks on Big Red Ram for a new set of AFCOs, established credentials, and teched the cars in.
Thursday night with the cars put away safely for the night, Dallas went out and bought two cases of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Beer (my favorite of the “Nectar of the Gods”) for Father’s Day and my Birthday. I pace myself with a one bottle a night policy.
Friday morning we had two time trial runs. It was so hot and muggy that no one could run their normal index. After the best of the two time trials had me at 9.81 — I went to the tower and changed my index to A/NSS — taking me out of the running for the Saturday FX race with a $1000 prize. Dallas had to change his from 9.50 (B/FX) to C/FX.
At 3PM, we had the first round of Qualifying. My weather station and Crew Chief software predicted that I’d run a 9.83 without weigh added, and a 9.94 with all of the weight I could legally add. So the plan was to go all out and then lift at the MPH cone. The plan worked as I hit a perfect 10.000.
As I was first (and ultimately the only) perfect ET on Qualifying — I was guaranteed the number one spot — and didn’t need to run the other three qualifying passes. However, I was having trouble on the tree, so I used those passes to concentrate on that. Below is the final qualifying sheet of the 41 NSS racers. I was #1 and Dallas was also on the top half of the ladder with #18 of 41.
Saturday was class eliminations. I went to the finals and treed my opponent Jeff Frees pretty well, but gave him too much stripe, so I was runner up for A/NSS. I’d won my class in three of the last four tries at the Dave Duell Classic (in three different Indexes – C/FX, C/NSS, and A/NSS – with three different cars) so I was pretty dejected. However, all was well again when Dallas won the FX Class and the $1000.
On the “Big Show” (all 41 cars in an index race) Dallas was eliminated in the first round in a close race. I earned the Bye, since there was an odd number of cars and I was the Top Qualifier. Below is the ladder after the first round.
Yes, it is true that I drew Jeff Frees again for the second round of the big show Sunday. Because of an impending storm, they called us to the line at 8:25AM Sunday – as soon as the Meat Wagon arrived. My computer predicted that I was going to run a 9.91 — 1/10 too fast. We staged and I had a perfect .000 light against Jeff’s .060 light. I was way ahead of him and felt sure of a double-break out, so I slowed just a little and let Jeff take the stripe. Big mistake. I couldn’t believe the time slip! When I got back to the trailer and entered the slip — and saw the weather had changed hard and fast when we were in the staging lanes — and the computer felt I was going to run a 10.02 at the exact moment we had out run. I’d have won if I would have run the car out. I was sick!
I was fifth in points and Dallas was 3rd prior to this race, and none of the other Top 5 progressed — and by my “Unofficial” calculations I’ll move up to third and Dallas will drop to 4th in the standings with two races left — one being a double points.
It was a good day for the women winning Wallys. In addition to Erica Enders winning one in NHRA Pro Stock, and Courtney Force winning one in NHRA Funny Car — the winner of the NHRA/NMCA Dave Duell Classic was Rosie Kossuth. One of the nicest ladies you’ll ever meet. Congratulations to Rosie in Lady Max.
Also Dave’s favorite charity was Santa Clothes. Between the donations at the driver’s dinner, and the NSS race the week before — NSS racers ponied up over $7000 for this great cause.
After the little adventure of blowing Big Red Ram’s engine in Maryland, driving all Sunday night to Evansville, IN to pull the engine Monday, and then running it up to Indianapolis to be torn down and inspected on Tuesday — we got up at 5AM Wednesday to dump the waste tanks, refuel, and fill the fresh water — then head on to Bowling Green. When we arrived at the track, the space saved for us was a little too small for our rig — so we pitted all of the way down track on the hill by the river. Nice and quiet — when the gas generator 10′ from our front door wasn’t running.
Doug Duell loaned Dallas the use of his Barracuda for the NSS race, and I was running the Whale. We had the pits set up and the cars teched in by 3PM, and since there was no racing Wednesday — we strolled around the pits taking photos of the cars that had so far arrived. The below are a couple of them, but you can see over 50 photos I took of the race cars at: http://www.nssracing.com/forums/showthread.php?793-The-Pits-Hot-Rod-Reunion-2012
Thursday NSS was given two time trial runs. There are so many race cars at this event that you don’t get in a lot of racing personally — but it is such a kool event that it is OK to be a part time racer and full time spectator. Our first run was at 11:10AM. I don’t run any weight in the box for the first Time Trial (although I did have 100 pounds bolted on) so I can get a base line for the weather station. I was way too fast (as expected) for the first pass on the C/FX index, but too slow to be able to run B/FX (even calculating for the weight unbolted). Dallas was expecting to run B/NSS in Doug’s Barracuda, but the car ran a 10.04 — the fastest it has ever gone — so Doug and he decided to run the car in the A/NSS index. We were told the second pass would be at 3:30PM. We were in the motorhome taking a breather when at about 1:30 we came out to get a bag of ice. When we saw all of the Missouri Bunch’s NSS cars were missing, we ran back and jumped into our suits and scrambled to the lanes — being the last NSS cars down the track. I didn’t have a chance to check the weather station and add appropriate weight (We barely had time to check tire pressure in the lanes), so I ran the car out the back door so I’d have a good run to enter into Crew Chief and adjust for the weather on the next run. I was even faster than in the morning. Dallas ran a 10.02.
Friday was Qualifying Day. By now 32 NSS cars had shown up. All cars appeared to run slower in the mornings and you couldn’t really use afternoon weather station runs for morning predictions or Visa-Versa. I was a little slow in the first round of qualifying, and too fast in the second round. Dallas’ best was a 10.03.
Naturally, I Qualified #17 — and had to take on the Number 1 Qualifier. (Note to self when you don’t get points — the #32 Qualifier gets the #16 — while the #17 gets the #1!). Doug Duell was #1 with a 9.501.
Friday night DW Hopkins had a little soiree in his pits for the NSS racers with Pork roast, chips, salad, beans,… and a good time was had by all, and too good of a time by a few.
Saturday was eliminations. The below is a video of the first round for NSS, but if you can’t view it — then go to the Live at thread on the forums to view it. Bob Moser’s son gets credit for putting the video together. This is a good time to point out that before each event — we start a Live At thread for the event — where those with smart phones and computers at the track keep the rest up to date with what is happening “Real Time”.
Dallas missed a shift (isn’t use to pulling the trigger after 1st to 2nd) and ran a too slow 10.12 against Mitzi. I’d set my car up to run a 9.70 and the plan was to just put a fender on Doug. My crappy light beat Doug’s even crappier light — but I gave him the race by taking far too much stripe than I needed (I thought I slowed enough) by misjudging his speed vs. mine, and so my 9.74 was a break out.
We packed up and pulled out of the track on noon Saturday (not very easy with a 80′ rig when the track is so crowded) — hoping to drive all night and get home by 3AM. I drove until 1AM — getting caught up in three major traffic jams while Dallas slept, and then Dallas finished the last leg getting us to the shop at 5AM Sunday. We had the motorhome unloaded and were home at 7AM.
Back at the track, Doug was keeping us up to date. Clay Kossuth took out Doug in the second round with a .017 light, and marched through the rest of the rounds for a late night event win. I would have liked to stay around to watch his win — but we’d been on the road for two weeks and the wife and youngest daughter wanted to get home; and my other two daughters wanted to celebrate my 57th birthday and Father’s Day Sunday. I understand Clay was on his game for every round and the Schultz Family offer our congratulations.
The next race will be at Route 66 in Joliet, IL in three weeks, and we’ll need to arrange to get up to Indiana in time to pick up the engine, install it, swap Doug’s Barracuda, and get to Joliet in time for the race. Doug has offered to get the engine, he and Mat install it — and test at the local track if the engine is finished in time. That would sure be a major plus if it can happen.
Thus concludes part two of Dave & Dallas’ Excellent Racing Adventure.
Big Red Ram makes its return at the NMCA race at Maryland International Raceway in Budd Creek, Maryland this coming weekend. The following weekend it will be racing in NHRA’s Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY.
Dallas Schultz is the new pilot. He is currently the NMCA Points Leader in Nostalgia Super Stock.
Texas Whale Wins Mega Mopar Action’s Mopars on the Motorplex in Dallas.
May 19, 2012
Since we have a NMCA Points Race race in Maryland in two weeks, and then NHRA’s Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green on the way home the weekend after, we thought it would be pushing it to run at the Mopars at the Motorplex — which is part of the Mega Mopar Actions (Mopar Action Magazine) series. However, we’d broke the Texas Whale at the race in Atlanta last month, and only finished getting the car ready — so this was a good opportunity to test the car and have a competition practice. As a matter of fact — on Friday at noon the Whale’s transmission was still sitting on the shop floor, and we didn’t finish getting the car together and loaded until 5:30. Dallas and I ran to our respective homes and took quick showers, then drove the 250 miles to the track — getting there at 11:30PM.
We’d also brought the Vitamin C along, as it had a new motor we wanted to test.
The only time trial came at about 10:30AM and the Whale did a 9.78 on the 9.75 Index I wanted to run. I removed 40 pounds for the first qualifying run. While the motor in the Vitamin C sounded strong, there was a knocking in the trans tunnel. Further inspection found the drive-shaft banging the loop, because a heli-coil in the tranny’s tail-shaft crapped out. We trailered it so we could fix right back at the shop, and without doing further damage.
My first round of qualifying had the weather improve and I broke out with a 9.73. I added a little weight for the second qualifying round, but I did a 9.64 as the weather had made a real big change by then. I added 70 pounds for Eliminations. The two breakouts put me at the bottom of the qualifying list, and having to take the Top qualifier since it was a Pro Ladder being used.
My first round was against a 67 Dodge RT, who was a local guy. He was a 13.50 car — and I have a terrible time with waiting that long. I have red lit the last two times I have had to run a car that I had to wait 3 seconds or longer. I don’t see them often in NMCA — but they were sure here for this event.
He’s a local guy who I’d never raced, and when I asked about him I was told he’s always dead on (pretty easy to do with a 13.5 car) and killer on the tree. I managed to wait for him but was real surprised that I’d run him down at the 1000′ and passed him like he was standing still. I got on the binders enough to slow down without locking up the tires, and I still put way too much on him even though I’d taken so much MPH off. I usually 139-140 on the mph and did a 111. It turns out he had badly fallen asleep with a .234 RT.
The next three rounds I had three 63 Plymouths — all local guys. In the Quarters I had to again wait as I was running a 12.5 car. My opponent went .006 Red and so I ran the car out to see if I had the right weight, especially since in the previous round I was on the binders and wasn’t sure what the car would run. I ran a 9.78, so I took out 40 pounds.
In the Semis I had to run Tony in a 11.50 car (I’d brought the fastest NSS car to the event), who had won the Wally in Houston. He’s very tough. He and I waited all suited up and helmet on for 20 minutes as the red car who was suppose to have a bye hadn’t shown. There was drama (Click here for the story) with him the run before too. They called him three times — must be nice to be a local favorite. They were just about to run Tony and I for the Finals — and then the red car shows up — but without his helmet and jacket. So they let him go back and get them. Again, it must be nice to be a local favorite as this guy was given a break in every pass he made.
Tony and I had a close race with a little braking going on at the top — but I put a fender on him and won the round. We had been told to come right back for a hot lap finals. I don’t run an alternator and my car needs about 20 minutes with the water pump and fan to get it to where I want it so I wasn’t happy — but I did go right back. My opponent did not. I sat in the lanes suited up with helmet on for 20 minutes after every other class had finished (I’m the only one in the lanes) as they page the red car again and again. He finally shows and we move up. I do my burnout and move up to prestage — but had to wait another 5 minutes for this guy to do his burnout. Did I mention it must be nice to be the local favorite?
I was .001 better on the RT and put a bumper on him crossing the line to win by just 34/10,000 second. In fact I’d given him more stripe than I should have, and wasn’t sure if I’d won until I got the slip.
I felt it was a pretty good win, which I had to earn (with the exception of one .006 Red light from a competitor) — as I had to race hard the others. Well worth the thrashing to get ready, and the 550 mile round trip.