2018 Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack Presented By Drag965 Recap: Crushing Records

Article by Corey Davis. Photography by Nathan Leach-Proffer and Ron Ronco.

Over Father’s Day weekend, the fifth annual Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack Presented by Drag965 kicked off and lived up to its hype as the largest event of its kind in the world. More than 7,000 spectators, 1.9 million live viewers, and 315 competitors, 41 sponsors and 60 media entities converged to the Colorado Springs Airport to witness history. As is the case with any Airstrip Attack, multiple engines were blown, egos tarnished, and records set.

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For 2018, Revvolution Shift-S3ctor decided to mix up the competition format- upping the ante. This change requires cars to run at each stage of the competition; qualifying, semi-finals and finals. In our past events, competitors were allowed to only run once and sit on their top speed throughout the day. This year, drivers are required to run at each stage to maintain their spot. This forces competitors to give it their all, every run. The breakdown is as follows:

Stage 1 is qualifying and competitors can do as many passes as they’d like from 9 AM – 1 PM. The top four cars from each class advance to the semi-finals. In Stage 2, the top four cars must do a minimum of one pass between 1 PM and 3 PM, with the top two vehicles moving into the Finals. The final run each day determines 1st and 2nd place for each class. Both vehicles line up and run at the same time, with the fastest trap speed taking 1st place. Its all or nothing, no re-runs.

Going into the event, the weather forecast seemed grim, and judging from the clouds building over Pikes Peak, we crossed our fingers. All day on Saturday and Sunday we saw 40 mph headwinds. Luckily, we were insulated in a bubble at the Colorado Springs Airport as we watched massive rain storms engulf Colorado Springs from a distance. Around 4 pm on Sunday the wind switched directions and cooled down, providing a 20 mph tailwind- perfect conditions for a world record.

During the finals between heavyweights Extreme Turbo Systems 2013 GTR and the Underground Racing 2016 Lamborghini Huracan, KC Howeth ripped a 259.67 mph pass, setting a new all time standing half mile top speed world record!

Myles Kerr of English Racing bested his record of 207 mph, posting yet another front-wheel-drive and Integra Platform record of 208.04 mph.

Sal Patel’s 1999 Dodge Viper was trapping 220+ mph all weekend, on his final pass he hit 244.43 mph, in a standing mile. A new rear-wheel-drive record.

In 2017 we saw a new world record set for the fastest woman in the standing half mile, this record was broken by Alex Christmas in her 2013 Nissan GTR, Alex crushed the record trapping 225.23 mph!

During the event, Jeffrey J. Hartdirected the production which broadcasted the entire event live on Facebook to our partners 1320Video, Street FX Motorsports & Graphics, That Racing Channel,Revvolution, and Shift-S3ctor’s pages and reached over1.9 million live viewers!

The 2018 Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack Presented by Drag965 is a Revvolution Shift-S3ctor event, held in conjunction with and in support from the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. The Revvolution Shift-S3ctor and Sports Corp team would like to send out many thanks to the Colorado Springs Airport, its director, staff and team, the City of Colorado Springs and its Mayor, El Paso County and all of our supporting sponsors, partners and media for all their help in making it such a successful weekend. The team looks forward to an even larger, more record-breaking 2019 event with many improvements in the works!

Top Speeds of the Weekend (Unique Competitor)

For a full list of all the results from the event, be sure to check out the Official Live TimingHERE

#97 KC Howeth, 2016 Lamborghini Huracan ( 259.67 mph )

#115 Lucas English, 2009 Nissan GTR ( 253.52 mph )

#160 Sal Patel, 1999 Dodge Viper ( 244.43 mph )

#73 Jatty Gill, 2013 Audi R8 ( 233.04 mph )

#26 Kevin Rudeen, 2014 Nissan GTR ( 228.54 mph )

#183 Alex Christmas, 2013 Nissan GTR ( 225.23 mph )

#140 Bad Boy Morris Malone, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 214.29 mph )

#184 Brian Spachman, 2015 Nissan GTR ( 214.29 mph )

#208 Will Dugas, 2016 Dodge Viper ACR-E ( 214.08 mph )

#182 Javid Khan, 2017 Nissan GTR ( 212.16 mph )



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