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"I blow holes in the sky with my radio-controlled airplane."
DWIGHT CHATS WITH…DAVE FEAZELL
Dave Feazell is patient professional. I approached Feazell about an interview on at least two occasions over a two year period and finally conducted this interview at NHRA Atlanta. To say I have been busy with StripBike.com, Zoomster.com and our media site RaceBizz.com is a mild description. "Fuzzy" has been waiting for his interview while I had to squeeze time between NHRA, NASCAR, and IHRA projects to finish his profile. During those two years Feazell has taken his V-Twin riding to new levels while competing in the NHRA elite Pro Stock Bike category as well his AHDRA quests. I thank Fuzzy for his patience and offer no excuses for the unintended delay. Good things take time, but good results shouldn't take this long. Feazell's answers reveal good things about a steady person with determined goals.
DOB: January 26, 1954
Birth Town: San Diego, Calif.
Home Town: Hudson, Iowa
What personal quality (one trait) would you want to be admired for the most?
"First one at the end of the track, I guess."
What's most important?
"Money is the most important but it's not what keeps me going, the thrill of winning does."
Do you have a nickname?
Who are your Heroes? (If you have heroes.)
"My heroes are people who do their work and set examples by working hard. People like George Smith senior who started that company up here (S&S Cycle). He was a hard-charger. Guys like Dave Kenzie do a pile of work as George did and other people like them are leaders in my life. I try to work like them and get something accomplished before I die."
Are you pleased with life?
"Yeah, I am a pretty happy guy. Sometimes I don't look happy, because I'm trying to get something done at the track, but I'm happy."
What could please you more?
"More of everything…What is going to be the whole experience, but more of everything would be just about right."
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
1. Yes. 2. No. 3. Sometimes?
Is racing your full-time occupation?
"No. I have a motorcycle shop. I have two full-time jobs. I run that shop and race this motorcycle."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"Yeah, I fly radio-controlled air planes. I just finished a 127 inch wing-span airplane and I'm working on a 100 inch wing span P-38 right now."
What vehicle do you drive on the street?
Do you work out?
"Yeah, I've got to keep my weight down."
Name one other sport, you feel you could master or be competitive?"
"I tried a lot of other sports and I don't have the physique for it. Drag racing is the best sport for me. An old guy can do that."
If you could make one part of your body stronger, what part would that be?
"At this stage it would have to be my gord. A few years back it would have been a different part."
Do you have pets?
"Yeah had a Great Dane, but she died from cancer and I still miss her."
Do you have a special diet?
"I don't eat much. As you get older, it's easier to get overweight."
What quality do you admire most in other people?
"Anybody that has a goal and maintains focus to get something accomplished."
When frustrated. What do you do first?
1.Erupt. 2.Withdraw 3. Try to be cool. 4. Other
"Erupt. It doesn't seem to do me any good, but every once in a while I blow up."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"I sit on the bike and go through the plan for the race before I do it. I try to do that as much as I can, even at the shop with the bike sitting on a rack, I'll do that."
What are (or have been) your scariest moments?
"I don't think drag racing is all that scary. When I used to ride a big-inch hill climber, that was scary at times, getting off that was fun every once in a while."
What do you do to unwind?
"I blow holes in the sky with my radio-controlled airplane."
If you could change one thing about drag racing, what would you change?
"I would change the rules. I would have the sanctioning body have more to do with the racer's input."
When asleep do you ever dream you are racing?
"Yes, in my dreams, I'm going a lot faster."
Where do you find the most peace in your life?
"At home with my family and my business."
You're a skilled racer… On public highways, what's different about you and other drivers?
"I am a pretty safe driver I don't make many mistakes on the road. Sometimes I get tired when I have to be some place, and that's probably going to get me in the end."
What do you worry about the most?
"The time I spend on the road. As far as danger, I'm exposing myself to the most when I drive this rig."
Can you describe the G-forces at the tree…the launch?
"I like the adrenaline rush when you launch. I can tell when the bike's running well, because my back hurts a couple of days afterwards."
What hurts most after a race?
"My back if the bike is running well, but if I'm winning, I don't care."
Most people learn something from mistakes. What mistake caused you to learn the most?
"That a good question, I've made many mistakes…A lot of Pro Stock Bike racing involves being prepared, and there have a couple of times in my career when I've been unprepared and failed. I try to be prepared at the track."
Who means the most to you?
"My daughter and my wife."
If you could acquire three traits from three people, what traits would you take from whom?
"Gary's good looks and your (Dwight's) charm. (We all laugh) I don't know. I don't have a clue."
How did you get started in drag racing?
"Leo Payne, father of the fuel carburetor, got me started. He worked at S&S Cycle for years. He had an old green Sportster he called "Turnip-eater" and on the fire-breaker he had inscribed "In God We Trust". He built a motor for me that I finally broke. That got me started. Leo passed away some years ago."
What do you fear?
In a few words, how would you sum up…yourself?
"I'm probably obsessive compulsive on too many things. I wouldn't make a good drug addict because I'm too cheap and can't spend that kind of money. A lot of what I do at work and racing is border-line obsessive-compulsive."
"I would like to see the AHDRA embrace fuel injection soon. Fuel injection will be available from S&S Cycle and it will be a bold addition to horse power. Everybody in this class will benefit from it. It's going to happen. I would like to see the AHDRA succeed."
It's quite clear that Feazell is likable and steady. We like to pick final words that describe the character and personality of the racer. Sometimes a last name, first name or nickname is more appropriate than a new chosen word. Gary Larsen and I agreed that we should be as steady and real like Feazell's personality when we choose a final word. He's known to friends as Fuzzy because he's personable, so that's why Dave Feazell remains……