|David Ragan Sets Half Mile Street Car Speed Record In Ford Mustang
Following today's Nascar Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway the track gave drivers a unique chance to set the closed course half mile speed record in various vehicles. The event, which was dubbed the "World's Fastest Half-Mile Speed Trials", featured vehicles ranging from a Tony Stewart owned sprint car, to a Yamaha superbike, and most interestingly a street legal 2011 Ford Mustang GT. The Mustang, driven by Nascar driver David Ragan, may not have been the fastest car to show up but it did set the record for fastest passenger car with a lap of 98.497 mph at 19.481 seconds. As we reported late last week the Mustang was powered by a supercharged 624 horsepower 5.0L and featured an FR3 handling package and Brembo brakes. Full press release is available below.
Jason Blonde was the fastest of the fast Saturday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway as he established a new world record during the World’s Fastest Half-Mile Speed Trials. Blonde, driving an Xtreme Sprint Series sprint car, clicked off a blistering lap of 144.871 mph in 13.245 seconds, shattering the previous track record of 138.442 mph in 13.860 seconds set by Sammy Swindell in June of 2000 at BMS during a World of Outlaws event. The 36-year-old Blonde, a veteran sprint car racer with more than 50 feature wins on both dirt and pavement, tagged the wall earlier in the afternoon, but was totally unfazed.
"No, I might have been a little apprehensive for a few seconds, but we came in, beat it out and got right back out there," said Blonde, a five-time Super Sprint Championships winner. "That last time out, I held my breath for two whole laps around this place. I just flat-footed it all the way around. I knew it was fast, but I didn’t know how fast. It was pretty great to find out that we had set the new world record. That’s pretty amazing."
Sprint Cup driver David Ragan piloted his Ford Mustang GT 5.0 to a lap of 98.497 mph at 19.481 seconds, a world record for a passenger car. Mike Lichty set a new half-mile Supermodified world record with a lap of 144.634 mph in 13.267 seconds. Scott Russell and his Yamaha superbike took on the World’s Fastest Half-Mile and set a half-mile closed course record for a Superbike with a run of 97.990 mph, which he covered in 19.582 seconds.
Others participating in the World’s Fastest Half-Mile Speed Trials were USAC Sprint Car driver Bryan Clauson and ISMA Supermodified driver Brad Noffsinger.
Source: Bristol Motor Speedway
Image source: Ford Racing
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