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John Hawryluk
Atlantic City, NJ
'02 Lightning

John Hawryluk rolled the dice and made the trek from A.C. to R.P. for some quarter-mile slots. The silver '02 Lightning was prepped by JDM Engineering, and showcased the foundation for some serious power. The stock-displacement mod mill was fortified with a set of Comp Cams bumpsticks lying atop Patriot heads. Thanks to the Kenne Bell blower, the truck powered to a string of 10-second times. While the hauler didn't run as well as Hawryluk would have liked (it has dipped into the 10.60s before), Hawryluk was the only competitor who drove to the shootout. For that, we give him mad props.

The Full Monte
During the shootout, we rotated which team went first, starting with the Cobras. Each competitor was instructed to make at least three runs, though the option to make more hits was there. While the attrition was kept to just one car, it was a biggie to say the least. When all was said and done, the GT500 did come out on top, but thanks to the 9.56 by Johnny Lightning, it wasn't by much. At least one of each of Ford's factory supercharger flyers made it into the 9-second zone.

1 Nelson Whitlock GT500 9.438/149.30
2 Johnny Lightning Lightning 9.565/141.49
3 Mike Matarazzo Cobra 9.730/142.45
4 Francisco Reyes Cobra 9.815/143.03
5 Bob Walker Lightning 10.146/130.{{{90}}}
6 A.J. Tata Cobra 10.191/137.01
7 Brian Kimmel Lightning 10.315/131.84
8 Ted Lewchuk GT500 10.653/125.78
9 Gregory Kordis GT500 10.656/121.18
10 John Hawryluk Lightning 10.722/126.46
Year: 2000
Model: Lightning
Owner: John Hawryluk
Driver: John Hawryluk
Engine: 330ci Two-Valve modular built
  by JDM Engineering
Transmission: Brian’s {{{Truck}}} Shop built
  4R100 automatic
Clutch/Converter: Precision Industries
Supercharger: 2.3L Kenne Bell twin-screw
Boost: 20 psi
Weight: 4,574 pounds
Exhaust: Kook’s headers, MagnaFlow
Tuner: Jim D’Amore
  (JDM Engineering)
Rear: Ford 9.75-inch, 3.73 gears,
  TrueTrac differential, stock
Best e.t./mph: 10.{{{600}}}/127.00
Run 60-foot E.T. MPH
1 1.562 10.722 126.46
2 1.554 10.750 125.71
3 1.576 10.797 125.58