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{{NASCAR former team| Company_Name = Rahmoc Enterprises Inc. Image = | Owner(s) Name = Bob Rahilly(1978-present)
Butch Mock(1978-1992) Racing Series = Winston Cup | Championships = 0 | Wins = 5 | Car Number(s) = 05, 57, 75 | Notable Driver(s) = Neil Bonnett, Morgan Shepherd, Dick Trickle | Notable Sponsor(s) = Valvoline | Manufacturer = Chevrolet, Buick, Ford | Shop Location = North Carolina | Year Opened = 1978 | Year Closed = [[Still open| }} Rahmoc Enterprises Inc. is a former NASCAR Winston Cup team and currently an engine building and race car building business. The team is solely owned by long-time engine builder Bob Rahilly

Beginnings Edit

Rahmoc's debut in NASCAR came in 1978, at the NAPA National 500. Mock drove the #75 Chevrolet to a 26th place finish. He also ran the Dixie 500, finishing 24th. Mock ran the Daytona 500 the next year, but finished 35th when he was involved in an accident not of his making that wrecked his Buick early in the race. Bobby Brack took over at Charlotte, finishing 35th as a result of an accident, and Bill Elswick for three races, his best finish being 16th at Richmond. Harry Gant began 1980 driving for the team at Riverside International Raceway, finishing twelvth. Elswick returned over the next eleven races, and the team also picked up sponsorship from Performer Boats, before he returned to boat racing. Gant returned for the next two races, before the team switched to part-time. John Anderson, Chuck Bown, Joe Millikan, and Elswick finished out the year. Millikan came back in 1981, but was released after the Gabriel 400. Elswick took over at Daytona, before running with Gary Balough and Tim Richmond for the rest of the season. Richmond got his first top 10 in the Rahmoc Car.

Balough won the Miller 300 and posted a top-ten at the Coca-Cola 500 at Charlotte. He returned for a few early races in 1982 but was replaced by Joe Ruttman. Joe Ruttman took over for the rest of the season, posting four top-fives, and winning the Sportsman race at Dover for the team, He resigned before the season final at Riverside. [Jimmy Insolo]] took his place for the season final race.

1983-1992 Edit

In 1983, Rahmoc signed Neil Bonnett to a one year deal to drive their Hodgdon sponsored Chevy. Bonnett picked up wins at Daytona in the Busch Clash, and the 125 qualifier, the World 600 and the Atlanta Journal 500, several pole positions as well as the winning Sportsman Race at Darlington. He finished fourth in points that year. After that year, Richard Petty and STP elected to move to the Rahmoc Team, but after successful testing at Daytona and high hopes, third party conflicts not related to Rahmoc prohibited Petty from driving for the Rahmoc team. Rahmoc picked up the pieces and signed long-time independent Dave Marcis to drive their unsponsored car in 1984, had nine top-tens and a thirteenth place in points. Lake Speed signed on in 1985 and finished second in the season opening Daytona 500. This upset brought Nationwise Auto Parts to the team as a two year sponsor. Speed had a good season and had a tenth-place finish in points. Speed had two tenth-place finishes in 1986, but was released by the sponsor in favor of Jody Ridley. Ridley 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.

In 1987, Bonnett returned with Valvoline as 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. Joe Ruttman returned to the team to finish the season for the team. Bonnett recovered and returned in 1988, and won two of the first three Cup Races, and the Goodyear 500 in Australia. Later in the season he began to have health issues and fell off the pace. Bonnett split with Rahmoc at the end of the season. Shepherd, who had filled in for Bonnett twice in 1988, took over the team full-time in 1989. He garnered one pole and thirteen top-tens. 1988 sponsor Valvoline wanted a younger driver and Rick Wilson joined to drive for the team. Wilson struggled in his tenure, and sponsor Dinner Bell Meats went bankrupt at mid season starving the team for funding. Wilson and Rahmoc mutually split at the end of the season. In 1991, Ruttman returned along with a re-organized and fully funded sponsorship from Dinner Bell and finished 3rd in the season opening Daytona 500. He later had four top-ten finishes and finished 20th in points.

Without a full-time sponsor for 1992, Dick Trickle drove the car un-sponsored in the Daytona 500, finishing a remarkable fifth. That was the last Cup race, after 350 starts since 1978, for Rahmoc Enterprises as a team. Bob Rahilly amicably split with Butch Mock, Mock tendered his 50% shares in Rahmoc to Bob Rahilly, and later formed his own race team. Rahmoc Ent. continues to exist today as a multi Championship winning engine building and race car building company. Bob and Dick Rahilly are still the operating powerhouses of the company after being in business for 38+ years.

Final years Edit

After a third place finish in the 1992 Daytona 500, Bob Rahilly elected to end his Winston Cup career as a car owner and Rahmoc Ent. ceased being an active Winston Cup race team. Rahmoc Ent., dba Rahmoc Racing Engines Inc. as it is now known, is currently a multi championship winning engine building and race car building facility, still located in it's original location after 31 years on Flowes Store Rd.in Concord, NC. Mock went on to start his own race team called Butch Mock Motorsports during the 1992 season.


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