Photos Courtesy of Richard Deaver
Good things come to those who wait, and after focusing on his kids’ sports endeavors instead of his own racing goals, Richard Deaver of Mount Washington, Kentucky, is ready to get back into the driver’s seat.
Now that his children are grown, Deaver can focus on himself again and return to the sport he left nearly two decades ago. “I would go to all the NMCA races at [Beech Bend Raceway Park in] Bowling Green, and I always liked it. It seemed like the track was always good, and I decided that’s where I was going to race,” noted Deaver, who acquired his current ’00 Ford Mustang Cobra two years ago and has been working on getting it race-ready ever since.
The 25.2-certified car was originally built for Outlaw Drag Radial use, and its previous owner campaigned it quite a bit, but it’s taken Deaver a while to get it refreshed and upgraded to his standards. Darin Sanders of Fast Chassis updated many areas of the Cobra, while Tim Knieriem of Knieriem Racing Engines built the 388 ci LS-based and Precision 76mm turbocharged engine for the car and a two-speed Turbo 400 transmission from M&M Transmission with a PTC torque converter was also obtained.
As for suspension, Deaver isn’t quite sure what’s on the car exactly, as the original chassis builder handled most of the set up on the four-link-style stock suspension set up. “It’s got Strangle axles, a Strange spool, AFCO coil-overs on the rear and Strange struts on the front, but I don’t know whose K-member it is,” laughed Deaver, who also runs Aerospace Components brakes.
After nearly 24 months of patiently waiting, Deaver is nearing the finish line of his Cobra’s build – all that’s left is paint and a few odds and ends. Rick’s Powder Coating has added their finishing touch to many of the car’s components, while the final “race red” paint and body work will be handled by Deaver’s brother-in-law, Mark Wells, at Senn’s Collision Repair Centers.
“I’m really excited to get back to racing,” shared Deaver, who will be racing alongside his buddies, Steve Dowell and Tim Knieriem in the class. “I really appreciate all the help everyone’s given me along the way, especially Tim [Knieriem] and Darin [Sanders].”
Deaver plans to hit the dyno at the end of January, and will be working with legendary tuner Cal Hartline of Hartline Performance to get the FAST XFI fuel injection system tuned up and the FAST XIM ignition module dialed in. Deaver then hopes to test as much as possible before coming out to Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, for his first NMCA race of the season in early April.