To say the least, this years Shakedown at E-Town was one of the most eventful races of the year. Many cars were making extremely fast passes with some records being broken, cars changing hands and unfortunately a few accidents as well. Amongst all the news surrounding the Englishtown event, Dwayne “Big Daddy” Gutridge joined the elite 6-second zone on a drag radial tire with an elapsed time of 6.99 at 204mph. His best run previous to this was very close at a 7.01.

Dwayne himself posted some details and the incrementals of the run on YellowBullet, explaining that the car wasn’t running as perfect as he would have liked with some boost issues, and believes that it has a lot more in it.

A 6-second run was something Dwayne has been in search of all season as he mentioned in the interview we did a while back and he had come very close on numerous occasions. Only 4 Mustangs are currently in the 6’s on drag radials which goes to show it is not a task many have completed. Not only did he break into the 6’s, he also took home the drag radial class win which was his 2nd career Shakedown drag radial win. A lot of people say Dwayne is at a disadvantage in his class, since he is using a much smaller motor than most with 394 cubic inches under the hood of his ’88 Mustang. Another notable item is that his car is the fastest one to still be equipped with an 8.8" Ford rear axle.

Dwayne has made many astounding accomplishments in his career but this is surely one that he will always remember and with some luck he may even improve upon his new best time in the near future.

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