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Francisco Reyes
Dale City, VA
'03 Cobra

Francisco Reyes came to the SVT shootout with a car capable of mid-9-second laps, and got set to hang the hoops and see what kind of times he could record at the fabled New Jersey quarter-mile dragstrip. Packing a Kenne Bell 2.8L huffer, Reyes boiled the hides and lined up for a stab at the track. He let go of the transbrake button in the aftermarket slushbox, and after negotiating the first 200 feet wagging the rear end, motored to a 9.81 at 143 mph. Confident he could better that run, Reyes gave it another go, but at the 1,000-foot mark, the Terminator laid over and ran a 10.27 at a noticeably off-pace 117 mph. After a subsequent inspection, it was found that a vacuum line kept popping off, causing the lack of power. After trying three more times, it was clear that the line would not stay on, and Reyes was forced to settle for the 9.86-second pass.

Year: 2003
Model: Cobra
Owner: Francisco Reyes
Driver: Francisco Reyes
Engine: 281ci Four-Valve modular built
  by Springfield Custom Auto
Transmission: PA Performance automatic
Clutch/Converter: PA Performance
Supercharger: 2.8L Kenne Bell twin-screw
Boost: 24 psi
Weight: 3,406 pounds
Exhaust: Headers, 2-inch MAC
  mufflers, and 3-inch exhaust
Tuner: Johnny Lightning Performance
Rear: {{{Ford}}} 8.8-inch, 3.70 gears,
  spool, Moser axles
Best e.t./mph: 9.590/147.03
Run 60-foot E.T. MPH
1 1.484 9.815 143.03
2 1.527 10.272 117.00
3 1.524 16.450 45.46