-Bristol, Tennessee, Saturday, March 19, 2011
Jason Blonde was the fastest of the fast Saturday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway as he established a new world record during the World’s Fastest Half-Mile Speed Trials.
Blonde, driving a Weld Racing wheel equipped Xtreme Sprint Series sprint car, clicked off a blistering lap of 144.871 mph in 13.245 seconds, shattering the previous track record of 138.442 mph in 13.860 seconds set by Sammy Swindell in June of 2000 at BMS during a World of Outlaws event.
The 36-year-old Blonde, a veteran sprint car racer with more than 50 feature wins on both dirt and pavement, tagged the wall earlier in the afternoon, but was totally unfazed.“No, I might have been a little apprehensive for a few seconds, but we came in, beat it out and got right back out there,” said Blonde, a five-time Super Sprint Championships winner. “That last time out, I held my breath for two whole laps around this place. I flat-footed it all the way around.”
“I knew it was fast, but I didn’t know how fast. It was pretty great to find out that we had set the new world record. That’s pretty amazing.”