KJ Jones
Brand Manager, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
April 8, 2014
Photos By: Calin Head, KJ Jones

We think it's probably safe enough to assume that a fairly large portion of the Mustang Nation has either participated in at least one drag race (with their Ponies, of course), or probably has an interest in doing so.

Two cars squaring off in side-by-side, straight-line competition certainly isn't a "new" concept, and late-model Mustangs have been popular vehicles for engaging in such activity, for a long, long time.

Sure, blasting down the drag strip in a 'Stang is way cool, but what would you do if you had an opportunity to race down the quarter-mile in an NHRA Super Comp (8.90 index category) dragster?

Well, me and several other California-based, magazine and web editors were given that opportunity, when were invited to Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School's (www.frankhawley.com) 2014 Media Challenge, which was held in early April at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana.

The school put together the Media Challenge to introduce its new 1/2-day "Dragster Adventure ($399)" and full-day "Dragster Adventure Challenge ($599)" programs, which are being offered at Fontana and a few other tracks across the country, to anyone interested in learning how to drive and race down the quarter-mile, side-by-side, in full-sized competition-style dragsters.

While the cars are (unfortunately) powered by Brand-X engines, your editor still took advantage of the opportunity to race against industry colleagues, and actually took the Top Qualifier spot for the Media Challenge (a bracket race with a ladder based on drivers' reaction times for qualifying) with a perfect .000 reaction time, which was applauded by everyone, including special-guest "coaches," NHRA Funny Car drivers (and past champions) "Fast" Jack Beckman and Robert Hight. Jeff Arend also was on hand to support and offer guidance to all participants.

When it was all over with, KJ didn't capitalize on the #1 qualifier spot and emerge victorious (first-round runner up to Car Craft's Douglas Glad, and the overall win went to Donnie Couch from Speed Scene Live--a weekly Internet racing program).

However, the day and experience proved to be a LOT of fun; the kind of fun that you can also have, by getting in touch with the folks at Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School and signing up for a Dragster Adventure!

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