Driver of the Empaco Equipment Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
Competing in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown Series
Birthday: Nov. 17, 1957
Residence: Akron, Ohio
Children: Kassandra and Kyle
Height/Weight: 6’2”, 205 lbs.
Hobbies: Golf, fitness, old cars
On the internet: Twitter/Instagram: @MarkPawuk_FSXX, Facebook: @MarkPawuk387
Factory Stock (2018 – present):
Three final rounds
Two No. 1 qualifiers
Pro Stock (1985 – 2006):
Six national event wins
21 final rounds
Four No. 1 qualifiers
E.T.: 7.864 seconds, Indianapolis 2019
Speed: 173.92 mph, St. Louis 2019
Won the 2018 NMCA event from the pole in Norwalk, Ohio
Recorded a third-place finish in 2020
Son Kyle is crew member on Pawuk’s Drag Pak
First Factory Stock Event: 2018
First Pro Stock Event: 1985
After hanging up his helmet in 2006, former NHRA Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk, known as ‘The Cowboy,’ returned to the driver’s seat in 2018 to compete in NHRA’s Factory Stock Showdown Series. Pawuk campaigns the Empaco Equipment Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak for Don Schumacher Racing’s two-car championship Sportsman team.
A family effort, Pawuk’s son, Kyle, serves as one of his father’s key crew members, and his daughter, Kassandra, a hospitality staff member at Don Schumacher Racing, never misses an opportunity to cheer her father on from the starting line.
While competing in Pro Stock, Pawuk roped in six victories before stepping out of the seat. Since his return to NHRA competition, the veteran racer has earned two No. 1 qualifiers (Indianapolis, 2019 and St. Louis, 2018) and three final round appearances (Norwalk and the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, 2018 and 2020).
In addition to his runner-up finish at the 2020 U.S. Nationals, Pawuk also recorded two consecutive semifinal finishes in 2020 at the back-to-back October Texas events. Pawuk’s strong and consistent performance allowed him to finish the year ranked third in a class that boasts 30 competitors.