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Side by Side at 300 MPH

By Ron Dilley

The first side by side Top Fuel 300 mph run by Ron Dilley

A total of 15 runs were made in excess of 300 mph during the 1994 10th annual Pioneer Keystones Nationals, a record that tied the U.S. Nationals event held 2 weeks prior.

Don "the Snake" Prudhomme ran what would be his last 300 mph pass in the left lane during his Final Strike Tour. Snake ran a 4.79 @ 300.7 in the second round to defeat Tommy Johnson, Jr. in the Mopar entry.

Scott Kalitta became the first driver to eclipse 300 mph in all four rounds of Top Fuel competition. He also set the national speed record at 308.95 mph beating Kenny Bernstein in the semis.

The Snake has long since retired and many nitro burners have run over 308 mph and lost.

Onto the final note: Blaine Johnson became a 'first' on the day of 9-18-94, the first driver to lose a race after making a 300+ mph shot. This duel between Blaine Johnson & Mike Dunn was the first side by side 300 mph. This pic was shot from the 900' area with the clocks posted as viewed from the same spot.

Ron Dilley

 

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