Sedalia native Terry Schultz has certainly made a name for himself in the dirt racing world.
The USRA Modified driver takes his No. 90 car to area speedways, competing for points championships at multiple tracks and on the national level as a USRA driver.
Schultz leads the USRA Modified standings by 205 points with 18 races under his belt this season, but he said he’s not sure he’ll be able to compete for the title.
“That gets to be quite a grind,” he said. “We’ll wait until later in the year and see how things progress. “… We tried that one year and it just wears you down.”
He’s traveled as far as Humboldt, Kan., which is about a three hour trip from Sedalia, to race this season and as close as Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg.
Schultz is the defending points champion at CMS, but is fifth so far this season.
“I don’t have anything else I’d rather be doing,” Schultz said. “If there’s a race close enough to make it to, that’s what I usually do.”
His points got a boost Saturday, winning two features, including a makeup feature.
“We’re doing pretty good,” Schultz said before Saturday’s races. “We’ve got some wins. We’re on par for what we should be.”
Schultz pocketed $2,500 with those two wins, but money isn’t the driving force for him.
“You never make enough money,” Schultz said. “If you’re in it for the money you already lost.”
Schultz said he’s fortunate to have financial support from Eddie Young that allows him to travel around and compete in at least one race a week.
“Everything sitting there belongs to him,” he said. “I’m just the driver. I take care of everything, but as far as purchasing everything he takes care of that.
“We’re extremely lucky. There’s no way we could do this at the level that we are without somebody like that around. The average working man just can’t afford to put the money into these cars and maintain them to race 50 or 60 races a year. We’ll go through three or four engines, three or four rebuilds and maybe even two cars.”
The financial stability gives him the chance to compete in a sport he describes as addicting once someone gets into it.
“If you’re not having fun at it then it’s not for you,” Schultz said. “It’s a hobby. We do it a little more serious than a lot of people, but if it ever quits being fun then we’re out. … Some people like to go fishing, some people like to play golf, this is what we like to do.”