Turk Clinches NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars Championship in Indy With Another 7-Second Blast
Geoff Turk, who became the first member of the Holley EFI 7 Second Club with an historic 7.99 at the NMCA season opener, Muscle Car Mayhem, in Bradenton, Fla., ended 2018 in style with another 7-second charge at the World Street Finals in Indianapolis. He paced the field with a 7.98 and wrapped up the NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars Championship with another victory. At the wheel of his Holley EFI-powered Blackbird '15 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, Turk led all qualifiers with the only seven-second pass of the weekend, then plowed through eliminations with times of 8.03, 8.10, 8.13, and 8.06, all at between 169 and 171 mph, to win going away.
"I've said all along that Holley EFI is a huge part of it," Turk said. "It's just a great control system – it does what you tell it to do. First of all, it's durable and reliable, and that's not something to take lightly. If you have a problem with one of your boxes at the track, that can be chaos – even if you have spare parts. It's perfectly suited for a high-vibration, high-heat environment, and that's exactly what you have at the race track. It's great for circle track racing and road racing too, but in drag racing, with all the constant dynamic rapid changes, that's really important. Most control systems can't respond instantly – Holley EFI does. Then there's the functionality. It does everything from straightforward stuff any user would want to really advanced stuff, and it's all presented in a way that's easy to understand."
In the final round, Turk knocked off defending series champion Scott Libersher, who did everything he could to make up the performance deficit with a telepathic, near-perfect .001 reaction time. Turk rolled around him near the half-track mark, where he had the faster speed, 136 mph to 132 – and pulled away for maybe the biggest win of his career. "He's no slouch on the Tree," said Turk, who also ran in the seven-second zone en route to victory earlier this season at the NMCA All-Star Nationals in Atlanta. "That's one of the funnest runs I've ever made. It did a wheelie for 120 feet, and sometimes when that happens the car can wander out of the groove, but I just stayed on the bars till it came down, made the 1-2 shift and yanked it back in the groove, and I knew he was done. I've been racing for 40 years and won a lot of races, but this is the first time in six years of marriage that my wife [Sandy] has been with me for a win, and that's what makes this so special."
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