Daddy Dave Carves his Niche as an Alternative Drag Racing Star
HE’S NOT IN THE NHRA RECORD BOOK AND YOU WON’T FIND HIS NAME ON THE TOP 50 GREATEST DRIVERS OF ALL TIME. He doesn’t tour in an 18-wheeler or have a crew chief, and there are precious few decals on his car. Yet, you might see hundreds lined up just to chat and maybe get a selfie with him. It’s “Daddy” Dave from Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” and this is just part of his story.
“I was born in Colorado, but grew up in New York,” Dave said about his early life. “I started out racing there at Empire Dragway with my friends on Wednesday nights. I was headed back to Colorado at one point, but wound up in Oklahoma City after I ran out of money. I eventually opened Comstock Auto Service in Edmond, Oklahoma, where we do anything from general repair to performance work. I’ve been street racing since I got here.”
Social media has been a launch pad for many homegrown, breakout stars in the automotive world, and the gang at “Street Outlaws” might be drag racing’s best-known example.
Videos of Daddy Dave and the others on the 1320 Video and Big Rob Entertainment YouTube channels led Pilgrim Media Group to approach them about a reality TV series, which morphed into the “Street Outlaws” show on the Discovery Channel that we know today.
Daddy Dave had already built a name for himself as a local hot shoe. On an early version of “PINK’s Lose the Race – Lose Your Ride,” he was behind the wheel of a nitrous 355 SBC-powered
’89 Mustang that won. Throughout “Street Outlaws” he’s been in a variety of vehicles with different combinations under the hood. While he’s been involved in some memorable encounters, races and scrapes, his favorite moment of all was his wedding to Cassi, which took place during the show’s first season.
His current ride is a ’63 Chevy II named Goliath 2.0. Originally built by the nowdefunct California Chassis, both Andy McCoy and Larry Larson Race Cars have upgraded the stretched chassis, which has a 111-inch wheelbase. The car features a conventional coil-over
front suspension with Chris Alston spindlemounted VariStruts. On the other end, Goliath runs a 4-link rear with JRi five-way CO2-assisted drag shocks and Moser 9-inch rear packing 4.30:1 gears.
When photographed, Daddy Dave was running a Scoggin-Dickey 540-ci combination. A blow-through top end with an APD carb, ProCharger F-1X, Brodix heads and Edelbrock intake sat atop a short-block with a Callies crank, GRP aluminum rods and 13.5:1 Diamond pistons. Recently, rumors have flown that he will be switching to a Pro Line Racing Engines 481X billet engine combo with an even larger ProCharger blower.
“I’m just a normal guy that started with nothing,” Dave says humbly. “Racing is what I love and all I know, so I’ve stuck with it. Nothing is for free. Just work hard for what you want!”
ABOVE. Goliath’s strength emanates from a ProCharged Scoggin-Dickey 540-incher containing quality internals.
RIGHT. The rear view is all business. Power is effectively transmitted to the track via a 4-link rear with JRi 5-way CO assisted drag shocks and Moser 9-inch rear.
BELOW. The spartan interior provides a snapshot of the California Chassis that was further massaged by Andy McCoy and Larry Larson Race Cars.
You’ll never see Goliath 2.0 on an auditorium floor, hovering above mirrors, swathed in angel hair. It’s a brutal race car, plain and simple.
Daddy Dave draws crowds as large as
Big Show superstars.