Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
September 27, 2005

Jeff Schmell
2nd place
11.44 /119

Currently ranked Second in the NMRA Factory Stock class, Jeff Schmell of Jackson, Michigan, sold his '98 Cobra and picked up one of the first production Mach Is in November 2002.

Racking up a total of 6,500 miles so far, the Mach hits the 11s with ease and still maintains most of the amenities offered by Ford.

Strip Specs
Owner: Jeff Schmell
Hometown: Jackson, Michigan
Driver: Jeff Schmell
Year/Model: '03 Mach 1
Weight w/Driver: 3,364 lbs
Engine: 284 ci
Built By: Al Papitto
Intake Manifold: Stock
Cylinder Heads: Al Papitto
Compression Ratio: 10.1:1
Camshafts: Stock
Tuner: Paul's High Performance, Jackson, Michigan
Exhaust: JBA/Bassani/DynoMax
Transmission: G-Force T5
Converter/Clutch: McLeod
Rear Type: 8.8 with Moser axles and 4.56 gear
Wheels: Bogart
Tires: Bogart
Suspension Front: PHP springs, Tokico five-way struts
Suspension Rear PHP springs, upper and lower control arms, Maximum Motorsports rear swaybar
Best ET/MPH: 11.44 /119

STRIP TUNING LOG

Car #

60-FT

1/4 E.T.

1/4 MPH

4 1.59 11.76 110.98
4 1.59 11.79 111.03
4 1.58 11.83 110.33

Carlos Sobrino
3rd place
11.58/116

Banging gears in the NMRA factory stock ranks, Carlos Sobrino is currently ranked Fourth in the point's race. While behind the wheel of his own '86 ex-Florida Highway Patrol Factory Stock racer, Carlos often found himself in the opposite lane of one Bob Cosby, whose '99 Cobra had taken him to the championship.

During a rain delay, the two were discussing the sale of Bob's motor, and a deal was struck to buy the whole car. At our shootout, Carlos battled clutch problems, first snapping a cable and later having trouble finding the proper adjustment and subsequent gear selection. Still, his one and only clean pass was fast enough to take him to the Third-Place spot.

Strip Specs
Owner: Carlos Sobrino
Hometown: Fairview, New Jersey
Driver: Carlos Sobrino
Year/Model: '99 Ford Cobra
Weight w/Driver: 3,326 lbs
Engine: 284 ci
Built By: Al Papitto of Boss 330 Racing, Vero Beach, Florida
Intake Manifold: Stock
Cylinder Heads: Stock
Compression Ratio: 9.85:1
Camshafts: Stock
Tuner: SCT
Exhaust: JBA 15/8-in shorties, SLP Loud Mouth after-cat
Transmission: Hanlon Motorsports T5
Converter/Clutch: Fidanza flywheel, McLeod clutch
Rear Type: 8.8 with Moser axles and spool, 4.56 gear
Wheels F/R: Centerline Convo Pro 15x3.5, 15x9
Tires F/R: 165R75 radials / BFG drag radials 275/50/15
Suspension Front: Tokico struts, stock springs
Suspension Rear: QA1 rear shocks, stock springs
Best ET/MPH: 11.58/116

STRIP TUNING LOG

Car #

60-FT

1/4 E.T.

1/4 MPH

8 1.79 11.98 113.75
8 1.73 12.80 107.68
8 1.62 12.54 105.52