(Photographs Courtesy of MOPAR Media Relations) – Geoff Turk made historical past when he drove his Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to the primary 7-second clocking within the historical past of drag racing for a manufacturing unit stocker on the NMCA race in Bradenton, earlier this yr, operating an epic 7.996-second elapsed time at 170.10 mph.
Final weekend, Turk flew his “Blackbird” Mopar Dodge straight and true all the way in which to the winner’s circle on the 17th Annual Nationwide Muscle Automobile Affiliation (NMCA) World Avenue Finals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on September 23.
Turk, a Yorkville, Illinois, native had an epic cause to rejoice — he additionally wrapped up the 2018 Holley EFI Manufacturing facility Tremendous Vehicles NMCA class championship, and his ailing spouse Sandy was there to expertise their shared triumph.After his spouse skilled critical well being points requiring in depth remedy, Turk doubted he would compete in any respect throughout the 2018 NMCA season.
He completed runner-up at Bradenton in March, and added a victory on the NMCA cease close to Atlanta in April. Turk was unable to succeed in the ultimate on the subsequent three occasions after a collection of unlucky mishaps, leaving him trailing within the factors chase heading into the season-ending occasion at Indy – the primary at which spouse Sandy could be in attendance to supply her assist.
Turk’s “Blackbird” promptly soared to the highest of the qualifying charts, incomes him treasured championship factors on a scorching 7.984-second elapsed time in his Drag Pak Challenger — setting a brand new class report and clocking the one sub-eight second go of qualifying. With the championship locked down after the third spherical, Turk marched to the ultimate, the place regardless of a 120-ft wheelie he was in a position to work his automobile again into the groove to stay it for an eight.06 go in his supercharged, 354-cubic-inch, HEMI®-engine-powered Drag Pak to outrun Scott Libersher for the occasion win.
“This season began out tough as a result of I didn’t even know if I used to be going to have a season,” mentioned Turk, who in 2017-2018 assisted Mopar and Dodge//SRT engineers and Don Schumacher Racing in on-track improvement of the mix that has led to back-to-back NHRA Manufacturing facility Inventory wins for Leah Pritchett. “This championship is massively particular. The heavy hitters are right here. It’s a excessive caliber of competitors.
“It’s particular in so some ways, but it surely’s particular most of all that Sandy was in a position to be on the final race. She couldn’t be there at Bradenton or Atlanta, and for her to be there and be part of what occurred was by far one of the best. Second finest was doing the wheelie within the last, yanking it again to the centerline, pulling the gearshift and watching (his opponent) disappear out of my facet view.”
In NHRA Mello Yello competitors, Geoff Turk certified his 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak “Blackbird” for the Manufacturing facility Inventory Showdown throughout the NHRA 4-Broad Nationals at zMAX Dragway in April.
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