My first visit to Steele, AL - Alabama International Dragway - since April of 2009. A beautiful February day, 68*F. Great place to race, and I ran into some old racing buddies and met some new ones.
Out of the box, full weight+, stock street tires, only mod is the Borla Touring cat-back exhaust, I ran:
1/8th mile: 8.828 @ 81.87
1/4 mile: 13.523 @ 105.10
I met a fellow in a 2009 Ford Shelby GT500, a supercharged car with more than 550 HP to the wheels (mine is maybe 350). His mods are a cold-air intake, a pulley on the supercharger, and a cat-back exhaust. I challenged him to a heads-up race, promising to get it on video. Here we go with my handheld IPod video:
I ran a 2.031 60', firstname.lastname@example.org and he beat me handily with a 2.051 60', email@example.com. And fun was had by all. Since he was on street tires, his sixty could have been better, so technically I took him on the launch, but all I saw was tail lights after that. Nice race, Neal!
After some cool-down time chatting with other racers, I decided for one last run. Turned out to be my personal best (of 7 runs):
1/8th mile: 8.613 @ 83.77
1/4 mile: 13.224 @ 106.76
Good lane choice, a bit cooler (64*F and <190*f on the coolant), and a decent burnout (smoking the stock street tires) seemed to do the trick.
When I left, the car had 444 miles on the clock.