Mustang Racers Shine Bring at the NMCA Memphis Homecoming

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Turk Cobra Jet Mustang

Several generations of the Mustang were represented in the winner’s circle, including Geoff Turk’s Cobra Jet.

This past weekend, the racers of the National Muscle Car Association rolled into Memphis International Raceway for the Inaugural Comp Cams NMCA Memphis Homecoming, and when the tire smoke had cleared, a Ford Mustang had claimed the top spot in three of the key classes. This includes a wins by Geoff Turk in the Holley EFI Factory Super Cars class (above), Rich Nye in the FST Carburetors NA 10.5 class (below) and Shawn Pevlor in the NMCA Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw class and Joel Greathouse in the Edelbrock Xtreme Street class.

Final Round Battles

In the Edelbrock Xtreme Street class, Joel Greathouse was the top qualifier in his Mustang with a 4.66. In the finals, he went head-to-head with Tim Knieriem, running a 4.69 to Knieriem’s 4.75 to get the win.

In the NMCA Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw class, Shawn Pevlor drove Tony Bischoff’s Ford Mustang to a win, running a 4.40 and beating Mike Cerminaro.

The FST Carburetors NA 10.5 class, Rich Nye put his Fox Body Mustang in the top spot in qualifying with a 7.81, giving him his career personal best elapsed time and his first number 1 qualifying position. He made the most of it, running a 7.93 and beating Don Baskin, who ran an 8.15 in his Chevy Cobalt. This was Nye’s first win in the class.

Nye Fox Body Mustang

Finally, in the Holley EFI Factory Super Cars , Bill Skillman and his Cobra Jet Mustang was the quickest in qualifying, laying down a 7.85. In the finals, he would take on Geoff Turk in his Cobra Jet and although Skillman bested his qualifying time, his 7.84 came up short of Turk’s 7.81.

Other Notable Mustangs

In addition to those four drivers above winning their classes, there were several other top competitors at the Inaugural Comp Cams NMCA Memphis Homecoming piloted Ford Mustangs race cars.

This included Susan Roush McClenaghan, who lost in the finals of the MagnaFuel Open Comp class due to a red light start, and a pair of drivers from the Gear Vendors True Street class. This class awards the win based on average times, and Troy Eaton took the class win in his Mustang with an 8.57 average, followed by fellow Mustang racer Randy Thomas in second with an average of 9.29.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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