RahMoc Enterprises

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Rahmoc Enterprises
Owner(s)Bob Rahilly (1978–2018)
Butch Mock (1978–1992)
BaseNorth Carolina
SeriesWinston Cup, Busch Grand National
Race driversNeil Bonnett, Morgan Shepherd, Dick Trickle
SponsorsValvoline
ManufacturerChevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Ford
Opened1978
ClosedRahmoc Ent. still exists today in its original location in Concord, NC as a racing engine building business
Career
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories9

Rahmoc Enterprises is a former NASCAR Winston Cup team that operated from 1978 to 1993. The team was owned by long-time engine builder Bob Rahilly and Butch Mock. Mock left Rahmoc in 1993 to form his own team. Rahmoc Enterprises is still operating today, with Dick and Bob Rahilly still turning the wrenches, as an engine builder and supplier for many NASCAR teams. They also build racecars and manage several smaller race teams.

Beginnings[edit]

Rahmoc's debut in NASCAR came in 1978 competing in two events, at the NAPA National 500. Mock drove the No. 75 Chevrolet to a 26th-place finish. He also ran the Dixie 500at Atlanta, finishing 24th. Mock ran the 1979 Daytona 500 the next year, but finished 35th when he was involved in a wreck not of his making early in the race. After the Daytona wreck, Mock ceased driving and Rahmoc had several different drivers. Some were, Lennie Pond at Atlanta & Daytona, Bobby Brack at Charlotte, and Bill Elswick for numerous races, his best finish being 16th at Richmond. Harry Gant drove in 1980 for the team at Riverside International Raceway, finishing twelfth and Texas world Speedway, finishing tenth. Elswick returned over the next eleven races, and the team also picked up sponsorship from his Performer Boats Company. John Anderson, Chuck Bown, Joe Millikan, and Elswick finished out the year. Millikan came back in 1981, but was replaced after the Gabriel 400 by Tim Richmond. Richmond got his first top 10 finish in that event at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Gary Balough drove for the rest of the 1981 season.

Balough returned in 1982, posting a top-ten at the Coca-Cola 500, but was released after his legal issues just five races into the season. Joe Ruttman took over for the rest of the season, Except for the Riverside Event, posting four top-fives, and numerous top tens.Jimmy Insolo filled in for the team at Riverside.

1983–1992[edit]

In 1983, Rahmoc signed a one year driver/sponsor agreement for Neil Bonnett to drive their first time for the team, full time sponsored Hodgdon Chevy. Bonnett picked up wins in the Busch Clash and the UNO 125 at Daytona, the World 600 at Charlotte and the Atlanta Journal 500. He finished fourth in points that year. For the 1984 season, and again without any sponsorship, long-time independent Dave Marcis was named driver, and had nine top-tens and a thirteenth place in points. Lake Speed took over in 1985, finishing second in The Daytona 500 in his first start with the team. This result brought full time sponsor Nationwize Auto Parts to them and they finished 10th in the points. Speed had two tenth-place finishes in 1986, but was released after four races by the sponsor. Jody Ridley stepped in as an interim driver and had one top-ten before moving on after 10 races. Jim Sauter had four starts, before Morgan Shepherd took over for the balance of the season, posting two top-tens.

Rahmoc's 1989 racecar.

In 1987, Bonnett returned with Valvoline as the sponsor of Rahmoc's Pontiacs. Bonnett had fifteen top-tens and was on his way to a top-ten points run, when he broke his hip in a crash at the Oakwood Homes 500. Morgan Shepard returned to the team to finish the season for the team, nearly winning the Rockingham Event.

Bonnett returned in 1988, finished 4th in the Daytona 500 and won at Richmond and Rockingham and at a special race at Calder Park in Australia, all in the first four races of the season. But eventually, he began to have health issues, fell off the pace, misseing several races. Due to Neil's health, sponsor Valvoline called for a new driver going into the 1989 season.

Shepherd, who had filled in for Bonnett twice in 1988, was named as the full time driver in 1989 with Valvoline again as the sponsor, the final of their 3 year agreement with Rahmoc. He garnered one pole and thirteen top-tens. Valvoline indicated they would return as a sponsor in 1990 if a younger driver could be had. So for 1990, Rick Wilson joined the team, which switched to Oldsmobile and with a late partial limited sponsorship from Food Lion/Dinner Bell Foods since Valvoline had ultimately decided instead to sit out the 1990 season. Wilson struggled heavily in his tenure, and mutually agreed to split with the team at season end. In 1991, Joe Ruttman, and with full sponsorship from Dinner Bell joined Rahmoc for the second time in his career. He finished third in The Daytona 500 and had four top-ten finishes and finished 20th in points.

Without a sponsor for 1992, Dick Trickle drove the car for Rahmoc in the Daytona 500, finishing fifth. After that event, team co-owner Bob Rahilly elected to retire from Winston Cup Racing, and return to his roots as an engine builder/supplier. Mock went on to form his own new team, Butch Mock Motorsports.

Final years[edit]

After the 1992 Daytona 500, Bob Rahilly and Butch Mock split. Bob & Dick Rahilly continue building engines and race cars under the name "RAHMOC Racing Engines". Bob Rahilly had no more involvement in Winston Cup Racing after 1992. Butch Mock was the sole owner of a new team he formed, Butch Mock Motorsports. Bob and Dick Rahilly still continue to build Championship Winning Race Engines and Race Cars at the original Rahmoc facility on Flowes Store Rd. in Concord, NC to this day. 2018

Driver history[edit]

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