Geoff Turk made history at the NMCA race in Bradenton, Florida last weekend when he drove his Challenger Drag Pak to the first 7-second clocking in the history of drag racing for a factory stock style car. The supercharged 354ci Gen II hemi, built by BES Racing Engines was beastly and Turk’s chassis tuning was spot on as well. The car was the only factory super car among nearly two dozen to crack the barrier at Bradenton and when Geoff did it, he earned $10,000 from Holley EFI.
This is the story of how Geoff Turk broke through the 8s and made history for stockers, for Mopar, and for the sport of drag racing at Bradenton Motorsports Park last weekend.
NMCA Factory Super Car competition is the ultimate platform for drag racing’s late-model factory hot rods and showcases Dodge Challenger Drag Paks, Chevy COPO Camaros, and Ford Cobra Jet Mustangs competing heads-up on the quarter-mile. The power for Turk’s history-making run came from a Tony Bischoff/BES Racing Engines powerplant, a Whipple supercharger, and a complete Holley EFI system. “The smartest decision I made was to run Holley EFI, and I really mean that,” he said. “It can just do so many things and gives you so much control over everything.”
Turk shot off the starting line with a 1.20 60-foot time, reached the 330-foot mark in 3.33 seconds, and blasted through the half-track speed traps at 137 mph. When he crossed the finish and the 7.996 flashed on the scoreboard, he was traveling in excess of 170 mph. People around the world actually knew of his once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment before he did. “I was probably six or seven cars back in line waiting for my E.T. slip, sitting there wondering if it was a 7 or not, when the guy behind me in line [Ted Hughes] got out of his car and walked up to congratulate me,” Turk said. “He spun the tires off the starting line and was just coasting down the track, and he said he had the best seat in the house when the 7.99 came up on the scoreboard.”
“This whole thing is beyond my wildest expectations,” Turk said. “It’s been a long journey. BES builds a great engine, and Robin Lawrence from Holley helped me so much. Holley EFI just does what you expect it to do, and the smooth, easy-to-control timing retard was a huge part of that 7-second run. So many people were a part of this. At the track, it’s pretty much just my wife [Sandy] and me most of the time, and I almost wasn’t going to go to this race because she couldn’t go. I didn’t decide for sure that I was going until two hours before I left, and now I’ve got the 10 grand from Holley.”
Four more spots are available for membership in the exclusive Holley EFI 7 Second Club. The next four drivers to break into the 7-second zone during qualifying or eliminations for an NMCA race will receive a $1,000 Holley product certificate and a special jacket to commemorate their achievement.
For the full story from NMCA’s official site, click here. To see the history-making run, click on the video below.