Ever See a 10,000-HP Burnout on Woodward Avenue?
Watch a pair of Mopar-backed NHRA drivers do big, nasty burnouts with their race cars on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue.
Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett are two of the quickest drag racers in the world thanks to their Mopar powered, Don Schumacher Racing race cars. Hagan drivers the Mopar Dodge Charger R/T in the NHRA Funny Car division while Pritchett drives the Papa John’s rail car in the Top Fuel class, with both cars sporting nitromethane-fed and supercharged Hemi engines. Each of these race cars uses a blown Hemi to create upwards of 10,000 horsepower — yes, 10,000 horsepower — to blast down the 1,000-foot track in the high-three-second range at speeds well over 300 miles per hour.
While there are other drivers who compete with Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett, each of these DSR drivers hold records around the country in addition to holding national records for each of their respective classes, so it can be said that Matt Hagan is the quickest man in the world while Leah Pritchett is the quickest woman in the world.
At the recent Roadkill Nights by Dodge event in Metro Detroit, Pritchett and Hagan brought their 10,000 horsepower Hemi cars out for a quick blast down Woodward Avenue. That might sound crazy to anyone who is not familiar with the Detroit Roadkill event, but starting last year, Dodge and the folks from the internet show Roadkill have hosted an automotive festival with legal 8th-mile street racing on Woodward Ave. Of course, the road is closed and there are all sorts of safety barriers in place, but the racers get to run their vehicles wide open on the public road and at this year’s event, the record-setting DSR drivers mentioned above came out with their race cars to put on a show for the massive crowd.
At one point early in the day, it was suggested that Pritchett and Hagan might attempt to make a short pass on Woodward Ave, but as you might imagine, the “track conditions” of the street were very poor. Rather than trying to get traction, each of the pro racers did 8th mile-long burnouts on the public street and we were there to catch the action up close.