U S Nationals Video Ride Along: 10,000 Horsepower = 0 to 312 mph in 3.95 Seconds

By Gary P Jackson

Rain may have postponed the Labor day classic until this weekend, but there was a lot of action during the week and weekend leading up to the rained out final day of qualifying Sunday and the washed out eliminations that were scheduled for Monday.

During Saturday evening qualifying at the Mac Tools U. S. Nationals Corey Michalek of CM Multimedia hung one of his cameras on Pat Dankin’s Top Fuel car as he qualified next to Troy Buff in the Bill Miller Engineering dragster.

These 10,000 horsepower nitromethane gulping monsters are the quickest and fastest wheel driven machines in the world. They cause a mini earthquake as soon as the driver hits the load pedal. They shake violently on a good run. About a second or so into the run you see one of the dzus fasteners that hold the body panels on take flight, and toward the finish line, another bounce around on the dashboard.

At the hit of the throttle, the drivers in Top Fuel experience more g-force than the space shuttle astronauts did at launch.

Turn up the speakers, kick back and take a 1000ft ride in 3.95 seconds at 312 mph.

The Mac Tool U.S. Nationals are back on schedule this weekend with the final two sessions of professional qualifying, continuation of sportsman eliminations, and the Traxxas Funny Car Shootout on Saturday, and final eliminations on Sunday.

All of the action will be covered on Espn2 on Sunday from 3-8 pm Eastern.


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