Longtime Nevada motorsports figure Norm "Mother" Schultz

dies at 68

Norm Schultz, who was a fixture on the Las Vegas racing scene for more than a quarter century, died Friday morning after a brief illness. He was 68.

Schultz, who was known to the racing community as "Mother," worked at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from its inception as Las Vegas Raceway Park in 1985 until his retirement in 2001. Schultz spent his final year at LVMS as the Bullring's race director.

"Mother was somewhat of an institution in Las Vegas racing circles," said LVMS General Manager Chris Powell. "His racing days in Las Vegas date back to the old Craig Road Speedway days. He was a race official who was respected by all of the competitors, and he even spent time on the fire and safety crew during his last years of employment at the speedway. We offer our condolences and prayers to his family. He will be missed."

Obituary published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal (July 3):


Norman Lee Schultz, 68, of Las Vegas, died July 1, 2005. He was born April 1, 1937, in Conde, S.D. Norm was a Las Vegas resident for over 60 years and a 1955 graduate of Las Vegas High School. Norm was to be the MC of the Las Vegas High School 50th year reunion in September. He was a member of the "Demole' Club", owner/operator of "Mother's Auto Parts", member of "Vegas Radio Control Car Club", owner/builder of "Car 99" at Craig Road Speedway, later to become track crew supervisor at Craig Road Speedway, the Bullring, and then fire safety truck operator at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is survived by his wife, Karlene; daughter, Cindy; son, Barry and wife, Marianne; son, Lance and wife, Holli; daughter, Lori and husband, Todd, all of Las Vegas; and six grandchildren. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, with services to follow, both at at Bunkers Mortuary, 925 N. Maine St.