A SUPER STOCK WIN TO MAKE THE MOPAR HISTORIANS CRINGE
Super Stock racer Gene Mosbeck carded a nearly perfect reaction time (.001) to win his sixth NHRA national event over Vic Penrod's Super Stock/C Automatch Camaro.
Mosbeck's victory story isn't what he did in eliminations with "double-oh" reactions in the final two rounds or brutally consistent competition which started with a first-round defeat of hitter Bill Skillman in the first round. His story has everything with what weapon he brought to the horsepower battlefield.
Mosbeck races a 1964 Plymouth Savoy in Super Stock/F-Automatic, and once Mopar enthusiasts understand just how rare the car is, they will cringe with each run down the strip.
"There was 50 aluminum Max Wedge cars built," Mosbeck explained. "They made 23 with automatics, 27 with sticks. This is one of the 23 automatic cars."
Equally, cringe-worthy is the car had 10.9 miles on the odometer when it was converted to a drag car.
"It's still got most of the original paint and the interior," Mosbeck explained. "It's got the weather-stripping, and all of the aluminum pieces are still on it."
Mosbeck's latest victory came on his birthday.
"My son's first win came about ten years ago, and the only thing he did that I didn't was run the world champion," Mosbeck said. "I'm still one down on him."