Outlaw Street Car racer Joe Salisbury was kind enough to spend time with us for an interview:
Q: When did you start racing?
A: I started about twelve years ago, when I was thirty five. I was in the military at the time.
Q: What got you into racing?
A: The love of cars. Being able to build motors – making stuff faster. My father-in-law got me into it on a more competitive basis.
Q: What was the first car you raced?
A: A ’79 Monte Carlo with a 355.
Q: What were some of the other cars you have raced?
A: I’ve also raced a ’79 Grand Prix, an ’82 Firebird Pro Street drag car, a few Chevelles – ’66-’68 and ’70, an ’80 Malibu, an alcohol fueled big block rail dragster, a ’65 Nova with nitrous. I had access to a bunch of my father-in-law’s cars. Now I’m running a ’71 Nova in Outlaw Street Car in the 6.50 index class.
Q: What associations have you raced in?
A: Outlaw Street Car. Otherwise I have been running in shoot outs and bracket racing.
Q: What have been your major racing successes over the past five years?
A: I won 2nd place in Outlaw at Hardinsburg 2015. In Outlaw Street I went from 36th place to 10th place – the first year out with the car. I was the only one running a drag radial. I am also running a naturally aspirated big block – which required a lot of learning (to get set up correctly).
Q: What do you like most about racing?
A: I love to meet a lot of people and make new friends. It’s a family like experience. I like the friendship of racing - the comradery. We help each other out at the track.
Q: Is your family involved in your racing efforts?
A: Yes, my wife acts as my pit crew, and I am her’s when she is racing. My son is part of it too. He is moving back home after being in North Dakota and he is going to start racing soon.
Q: How long have you used FUELAB?
A: 2015 was the first year. I asked for sponsorship – I usually don’t do that – but I really liked FUELAB so I called them.
Q: Why did you start using FUELAB?
A: I saw Andy and John Warren were running FUELAB and they thought it was great. I saw it was easy to set-up and was very reliable.
Q: How has FUELAB affected your racing success?
A: I don’t have to worry about fuel pressure – or lack of fuel. It makes tuning easier, and the car is a lot more reliable.
Q: What FUELAB parts do you use?
A: A Prodigy Pump, fuel pressure regulators, and fuel filters
Q: What do you see as the primary benefits of FUELAB products and company?
A: FUELAB has been awesome. Their help with tech support is great, and their customer service is outstanding. The simplicity for set up is much better than the manufacturer I was using previously. The speed control function enables a car to be run on the track or street, and the pump is very quiet – so you can listen for other noises in the car. Also, the fuel system we have provides flexibility – so we can use the same system if we make upgrades to the motor or nitrous. I’ve been blessed to have FUELAB pick me up.
Q: Where do you see yourself in racing in five years?
A: I love the sport. I guess in five years I hope I have a faster car. Maybe move into True Street.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I own Bad Boyz Performance in Rineyville, Kentucky and spend a lot of time there building cars and doing restorations.