While most of us were watching the American Le Mans Series kick off at Sebring, the Wrold's Fastest Half-Mile Speed Trials were underway at Bristol. During the event, Brian Ragan drove a supercharged Ford Racing Mustang GT to a record run of 98.497 mph around the half-mile banked oval.
By way of comparison, Sunday's NASCAR Jeff Byrd 500 pole speed was 128.014 mph, set by Carl Edwards. The all-time track record is Sammy Swindell's winged sprint car run at the World of Outlaws qualifier in June, 2000, at a blistering 138.442 mph. Ragan's run topped former AMA and World Superbike Champion Scott Russell's 97.990 mph run during the event, as well.
The car used to score the hot lap was a production 2011 Ford Mustang GT modified by Ford Racing with a 624-horsepower supercharger kit, Ford Racing FR3 handling back and Brembo big brake kit.
If you'd like to see the car in action, you can watch a 30-minute highlight show on SpeedTV on April 2 at 10 p.m. EST.