I found it cool that, even after the unfortunate and unexpected first round upset of the Matco team here in Kansas, some of the Matco crew jumped in to assist the Gray Motorsports team during an engine rebuild in the later rounds. It's no wonder why this particular team took its second consecutive overall Funny Car win that day either, putting Johnny Gray in the Funny Car points lead.
A look at the cockpit's Racepak data display, which shows oil pressure, fuel pressure (which Antron can control), RPM and ignition timing–of which is a whopping 65 degrees BTDC, thanks to the slow-burning nature of nitromethane. Check out the steering wheel. Forget those shuffle-steering days at the local autocross–you're strapped to an explosive rocket here!
FACT #10: If you staged a Top Fueler at the starting line and gave yourself a rolling start in your 550hp BMW M5 so that you both could cross the finish line together, you'd have to blast by the Top Fueler at the starting line at 180mph—a speed that most people, even in the tuning world have yet to experience—and stay floored. While you'd be momentarily side by side at the finish line, you'd be passed with a delta of 150mph (I wonder if you'd also be left picking up shattered window glass from your lap)!
Now click onto the next page for some crazy data logs!