Drag Illustrated Issue 178, September / October 2022 - Page 136

TOP 8

TOP FUEL ELIMINATOR QUICKEST & FASTEST DRIVERS ( 1000-feet )
RANK PERF DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 3.623 Brittany Force Mohnton PA 9 / 14 / 2019
1 338.17 Brittany Force Las Vegas NV 11 / 1 / 2019
FUNNY CAR ELIMINATOR QUICKEST & FASTEST DRIVERS ( 1000-feet )
RANK PERF DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 3.793 Robert Hight Brainerd MN 8 / 18 / 2017
1 339.87 Robert Hight Sonoma CA 7 / 28 / 2017
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER QUICKEST & FASTEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
RANK PERF DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 5.090 Megan Meyer Clermont IN 9 / 6 / 2020
1 286.62 Aaron Cooper Ennis TX 10 / 8 / 2021
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR QUICKEST & FASTEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
RANK PERF DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 5.352 Sean Bellemeur Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2019
1 276.18 Annie Whiteley Gainesville FL 3 / 7 / 2020
NHRA PRO STOCK ELIMINATOR QUICKEST & FASTEST DRIVERS ( carbureted , quarter-mile )
RANK PERF DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 6.455 Jason Line Concord NC 3 / 29 / 2015
1 215.55 Erica Enders-Stevens Englishtown NJ 5 / 31 / 2014
NHRA PRO STOCK ELIMINATOR QUICKEST DRIVERS ( EFI , quarter-mile )
RANK E . T . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 6.450 Erica Enders Gainesville FL 3 / 13 / 2022
2 6.468 Aaron Stanfield Gainesville FL 3 / 12 / 2022
3 6.476 Jason Line Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2017
4 6.477 Bo Butner Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2017
5 6.478 Dallas Glenn Gainesville FL 3 / 13 / 2022
6 6.482 Kyle Koretsky Gainesville FL 3 / 12 / 2022
7 6.486 Alex Laughlin Mohnton PA 9 / 13 / 2019
8 6.490 Roger Brogdon Gainesville FL 3 / 16 / 2019
NHRA PRO STOCK ELIMINATOR FASTEST DRIVERS ( EFI , quarter-mile )
RANK M . P . H . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 214.59 Greg Anderson Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2017
2 214.31 Jeg Coughlin , Jr . Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2017
3 214.28 Bo Butner Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2017
4 214.11 Shane Gray Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2017
5 214.08 Vince Nobile Gainesville FL 3 / 18 / 2017
6 214.01 Erica Enders Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2017
7 213.87 Jason Line Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2017
8 213.47 Aaron Stanfield Gainesville FL 3 / 13 / 2022
THE INTERESTING STATE OF THE DI TOP 8 !
When the Drag Illustrated Top 8 program was conceived in early 2014 , it was designed to acknowledge and reward drivers in all aspects of drag racing who achieved performances which placed them within the eight quickest or fastest competitors in each class worldwide . It was a lofty idea which required an inordinate amount of work , intense confirmation research and constant surveillance of all activity in the sport around the globe every week . Moreover , it was an effort never before undertaken by any individual or publication in the history of drag racing periodicals . However , Drag Illustrated made it happen .
Readers may have noticed the disappearance of the Top 8 from the pages of DI for the past eleven issues . It certainly wasn ’ t due to a lack of racer or fan interest but , rather , it was caused by the biggest concern of the DI staff which was a lack of activity . The sport of drag racing changed during the Top 8 ’ s run of over seven years . In fact , the constant revision of drag racing ’ s regulations , presentation and general objective has made for far less movement among almost all drivers in almost all
categories . Those changes now dominate the sport is unusual ways which affect fans , racers , sponsors and even manufacturers .
A perfect example can be found in the sport ’ s premier divisions , Top Fuel Eliminator and Funny Car Eliminator . While the sport ’ s ultimate division hasn ’ t been an “ unlimited ” since 1957 and Funny Car has always been under multiple forms of restriction since 1969 , both have evolved into nearly the antithesis of their original design . While the rules revisions to each class have not been exceedingly quick , each was , indeed , amazingly effective in changing the performance of the vehicles in competition . From minimum weights to the abolition of computer control to a decrease in maximum nitromethane percentage to the annulment of different designs in superchargers , cylinder heads and blocks , each new rule has been enacted for the sole objective of slowing down the race cars . In many cases , the anticipated results were centered on driver and spectator safety but , more often than not , the revisions were styled to equalize competition and , most importantly , stop costs from escalating beyond the reach of the teams still able to field a car in Top Fuel or Funny Car in the first place .
It should always be remembered the switch to a racing distance of one thousand feet from the standardized quarter-mile was not initiated by the National Hot Rod Association . In fact , the NHRA spent months trying to figure out ways to continue a 1320-feet competition program but each NHRA option , ( all of which included new mechanical restrictions ), was perceived by the Professional Racers Organization , the sport ’ s “ union ” of fuel teams , as too expensive to enact and , instead , informed the
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NHRA PRO MODIFIED ELIMINATOR QUICKEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
UNLIMITED TURBOCHARGED PRO MODIFIED ELIMINATOR QUICKEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
UNLIMITED SUPERCHARGED PRO MODIFIED ELIMINATOR QUICKEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
UNLIMITED NITROUS OXIDE PRO MODIFIED ELIMINATOR QUICKEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
RANK E . T . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
RANK E . T . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
RANK E . T . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
RANK E . T . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 5.621 Jose Gonzalez Gainesville FL 3 / 14 / 2021
1 5.379 Khalid Mohammed Sakhir BAH 2 / 28 / 2018
1 5.424 John Zappia Dinwiddie VA 10 / 19 / 2017
1 5.572 Dean Marinis Budds Creek MD 10 / 5 / 2019
2 5.631 Justin Bond Concord NC 5 / 14 / 2021
2 5.403 Jose Gonzalez Cecil GA 3 / 10 / 2017
2 5.476 Frankie Taylor Madison IL 8 / 23 / 2014
2 5.622 Fred Scriba Budds Creek MD 10 / 5 / 2019
3 5.642 Kris Thorne Gainesville FL 3 / 13 / 2022
3 5.440 Eric Dillard Las Vegas NV 11 / 19 / 2017
3 5.513 Justin Jones Las Vegas NV 11 / 23 / 2019
3 5.689 Rickie Smith Bithlo FL 3 / 6 / 2020
4 5.643 Steve Jackson Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2019
4 5.461 Turki al Zafiri Madison IL 8 / 23 / 2014
4 5.521 Kevin McCurdy Budds Creek MD 10 / 5 / 2019
4 5.710 Khalid al Balooshi Gainesville FL 3 / 16 / 2019
5 5.645 Khalid al Balooshi Gainesville FL 3 / 13 / 2021
5 5.524 Rick Hord Las Vegas NV 11 / 15 / 2018
5 5.522 Aaron Wells Las Vegas NV 11 / 24 / 2019
5 5.713 Bob Rahaim Gainesville FL 3 / 16 / 2019
6 5.660 Brandon Snider Madison IL 10 / 2 / 2020
6 5.543 Ed Thornton Las Vegas NV 11 / 18 / 2018
6 5.527 Jason Scruggs Bradenton FL 3 / 15 / 2016
6 5.716 Tylor Miller Gainesville FL 3 / 13 / 2022
7 5.662 Todd Tutterow Gainesville FL 3 / 17 / 2019
7 5.565 Paul Mouhayet Las Vegas NV 11 / 21 / 2015
7 5.527 Scott McLean Willowbank QLD 6 / 2 / 2018
7 5.718 Chad Green Gainesville FL 3 / 16 / 2019
8 5.674 Jeremy Ray Gainesville FL 3 / 16 / 2019
8 5.565 Steve Summers Las Vegas NV 11 / 21 / 2021
8 5.534 Mattias Wulcan Poddington ENG 5 / 20 / 2018
8 5.722 Jeff Barker Gainesville FL 3 / 14 / 2021
NHRA PRO MODIFIED ELIMINATOR FASTEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
UNLIMITED TURBOCHARGED PRO MODIFIED ELIMINATOR FASTEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
UNLIMITED SUPERCHARGED PRO MODIFIED ELIMINATOR FASTEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
UNLIMITED NITROUS OXIDE PRO MODIFIED ELIMINATOR FASTEST DRIVERS ( quarter-mile )
RANK M . P . H . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
RANK M . P . H . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
RANK M . P . H . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
RANK M . P . H . DRIVER SITE STATE DATE
1 261.22 Erica Enders Norwalk OH 6 / 22 / 2019
1 278.79 Khalid Mohammed Sakhir BAH 2 / 28 / 2018
1 266.74 John Stanley Las Vegas NV 11 / 19 / 2017
1 255.19 Dean Marinis Budds Creek MD 10 / 5 / 2019
2 260.41 Steve Matusek Norwalk OH 6 / 22 / 2019
2 275.45 Eric Dillard Las Vegas NV 11 / 19 / 2017
2 266.42 Aaron Wells Las Vegas NV 11 / 24 / 2019
2 254.28 Rickie Smith Bithlo FL 3 / 6 / 2020
3 259.96 Jose Gonzalez Concord NC 4 / 27 / 2019
3 274.83 Troy Coughlin Las Vegas NV 11 / 21 / 2015
3 265.33 John Zappia Dinwiddie VA 10 / 19 / 2017
3 253.14 Jeff Barker Madison IL 10 / 2 / 2020
4 259.91 Mike Bowman Las Vegas NV 10 / 27 / 2017
4 274.78 Steve Summers Las Vegas NV 11 / 20 / 2021
4 263.82 Mike Maggio Las Vegas NV 11 / 24 / 2014
4 252.85 Khalid al Balooshi Gainesville FL 3 / 16 / 2019
5 259.66 Don Walsh Las Vegas NV 10 / 31 / 2015
5 274.61 Ed Thornton Las Vegas NV 11 / 18 / 2018
5 263.77 Frankie Taylor Madison IL 8 / 23 / 2014
5 252.43 Tylor Miller Gainesville FL 3 / 13 / 2022
6 259.56 Sidnei Frigo Concord NC 10 / 14 / 2018
6 274.33 Paul Mouhayet Madison IL 8 / 28 / 2015
6 262.67 Mattias Wulcan Poddington ENG 5 / 20 / 2018
6 251.58 Fred Scriba Budds Creek MD 10 / 5 / 2019
7 259.31 Troy Coughlin Norwalk OH 6 / 24 / 2017
7 272.83 Turki al Zafiri Madison IL 8 / 23 / 2014
7 261.02 Steve King Budds Creek MD 10 / 5 / 2019
7 251.49 Bob Rahaim Topeka KS 5 / 20 / 2017
8 259.16 Alex Laughlin Norwalk OH 6 / 22 / 2019
8 272.34 Greg Tsakiridis Eastern Creek NSW 7 / 20 / 2019
8 260.95 Paul Mouhayet Kwinana Beach WAU 3 / 3 / 2018
8 251.34 Chad Green Norwalk OH 6 / 22 / 2019
ATTENTION READERS & RACERS : The Drag Illustrated Top Eight lists do not include the eight quickest elapsed times or eight fastest speeds recorded in each class . The Lists also do not reflect the eight quickest or fastest vehicles . The DI Top Eight lists rank the quickest and fastest drivers in each Eliminator category . The DI Top Eight rankings do not necessarily reflect the current National or World Records of any association . For current official world records , consult the sanctioning body or racing organization . Listings are not subject to verification or confirmation by any other runs . A claim to any record may be made by submitting all pertinent information and a photo or scan of a timeslip to bret @ dragillustrated . com . Performances recorded outside organized drag racing events are accepted in all classes except NHRA Pro Modified , NHRA Pro Stock , NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster , NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car , Extreme Pro Stock and X275 Eliminators . Testing results may be subject to additional scrutiny . Drag Illustrated reserves the right to refuse a claim for any reason .
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