Members of the “Legion of Demons Car Club” held its first gathering January 18-20, at Houston Raceway Park. The sole purpose? The club wanted to break the current Dodge Demon race record, a 9.65-second pass set by Leah Pritchett.
The event was organized by Tim Godbee, founder of the Legion of Demons Car Club, in association with Mass Traction, a custom drag strip prep company owned by Brandon Mass.
Many naysayers said it wasn’t possible to consistently achieve 9 second passes which moved Brandon Mass to produce the event and work with a track that would approximate the conditions when Pritchett set her NHRA record.
“The engineers at Dodge called us during development stages asking us to prepare drag strips across the country,” says Mass. “They needed a consistent track condition to base all of their testing data. Wherever testing was taking place, we were there to provide Dodge a professional baseline track condition, and we were directly involved in preparing the track where Leah Pritchett set the record.”
“At this largest collection of Demons,” says Mass, “we came very close to beating the record set by Leah. We beat the mile per hour and the 60 foot time. In large part if there had not been 20-30 mph head winds it probably would have happened.”
Event milestones included a world record-breaking pass at 10.34 ET in a stock Hellcat Redeye Widebody. Other event achievements include:
- 48 Dodge Demons in total attendance (one as a show car)
- 5 modified Demons in attendance
- 42 stock Demons began the event
- 37 stock Demons competed in Sunday laps
- All 37 stock Demons achieved a 9 second time slip
- Highest stock Demon MPH at the ¼ mile mark: 140.12 (exceeded Pritchett’s time slip)
- 17 stock Demons ran within the 9.9 ET range
- 13 stock Demons ran within the 9.8 ET range
- 7 stock Demons ran within the 9.7 ET range
- The quickest stock ET of the event was 9.71 sec.
- Every car demonstrated wheel-lift at launch
- Every driver gained a new personal best accomplishment
- Every color of the Demon car produced was present
FireAde provided fire protection and Hot Shot’s Secret provided goodie bags for the racers. Each class winner received engine and oil additives with T-shirts.
All club members agreed that it was a valuable learning weekend where everyone shared their set-ups and learned from each other.
“What we really liked about this First Gathering event is that the participants were not racing against each other, they were racing with each other,” reflects Mass, “Seasoned drivers were helping first-timers, and the drivers could really get to know their cars. So stay tuned Demon followers, we plan to do it all over again soon.”
For more information and updates, see Legion of Demons Car Club.