Geoff Turk flew his “Blackbird” Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak straight and true all the best way to the winner’s circle on the 17th Annual Nationwide Muscle Automobile Affiliation (NMCA) World Road Finals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on September 23. The Yorkville, Illinois, native had ample motive to have fun — he additionally wrapped up the 2018 Holley EFI Manufacturing unit Tremendous Vehicles class championship, and his ailing spouse Sandy was there to expertise their shared triumph.
After Sandy skilled severe well being points requiring in depth therapy, Turk doubted he would compete in any respect in the course of the 2018 NMCA season. On the final minute, he determined to enter his “Blackbird” Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak within the season-opening NMCA Bradenton occasion in March. Regardless of little time to prep his automobile, Turk etched his title within the document books, turning into the primary driver to interrupt into the s
even-second vary with a 7.996-second elapsed time at 170.10 mph.
He would go on to finish-runner-up at Bradenton, 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 Sandy can 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 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak — setting a brand new class document and clocking the one sub-eight second cross 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 cross 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 unit Inventory wins for Leah Pritchett. “This championship is vastly particular. The heavy hitters are right here. It’s a excessive caliber of competitors.
“It’s particular in so some ways, however it’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 remaining, yanking it again to the centerline, pulling the gearshift and watching (his opponent) disappear out of my aspect view.”