Score one for Team Mustang—one of our own, Don Walsh Jr., stood on top of the winner’s podium in the professional realm of NHRA Full-Throttle Drag Racing. He drove the Precision Turbo Mustang to victory in the professional category of Pro Modified during the NHRA-Norwalk national event. Walsh hoisted the full-size Wally above his head, as he was last man standing in a field full of supercharged, nitrous-injected, and turbocharged competitors. He ran 5.89 seconds at 251 mph to eliminate the hard-charging and red-hot Troy Coughlin Jr. in final eliminations. That backed up the team’s career best of 5.88 at 251 mph in the semi-finals of the same race. The win moved Walsh up to fourth in the championship point’s standings.
Walsh grew up in a Ford drag racing household as his father, Don Walsh Sr., worked for the beloved Blue Oval. He has enjoyed a storied career of Mustang drag racing that was ignited through his father’s passion, hobby, and career. It paved the road for the younger Walsh to take the reigns of the family’s racecars and eventually moving out on his own and becoming a 4-time NMRA Pro 5.0 Champion and winner of World Ford Challenge 6 in the same category. After the class was written into the history books Walsh concentrated on growing D&D Performance, a top Tremec dealer and manual-transmission specialty company, and also working on his own venture, Walsh Motorsports. It is a Michigan-based high-performance tuning shop. This year Precision Turbo tapped Walsh for his driving skills behind the wheel of a Don Ness-built 2010 Mustang GT in NHRA Pro Modified competition. The year started off with instant 6-oh performances and little by little the car got quicker and quicker. Best time to date is a 5.88 at 251 mph and the team also has a runner-up finish to go along with its victory in NHRA competition.
Photos Courtesy of Don Walsh Jr./Precision Turbo