When we arrived at Bonneville Speedway on Saturday for the start of the 2009 SCTA/BNI Speed Week, it was no surprise that the team of Poteet and Main had the first car on the line to make a pass. With salt conditions even better than last years once-in-a-lifetime surface, everyone in attendance was looking for big things, like a 400-mph pass. And the Poteet and Main D/Blown Gas Streamliner named Speed Demon did not disappoint, laying down a pass of 369 mph to start the week. This was enough to take and maintain the lead in the quest for the Hot Rod Top Time Trophy even though teams like Nish and Spirit of Rett were giving it their all. In fact, the Spirit of Rett team ran a 369 mph pass of their own, but it fell just .200 mph short of the Speed Demon.
After multiple attempts to best their own 369 mph on gas, which resulted in breaking three quickchange rearends, Poteet and Main decided to switch to alcohol, to only shift the trans through fourth gear (ignoring fifth), and to wing the snot out of it. We’re talking over 9,000 rpm. The result? 387 mph and change! When he got out of the car, Poteet exclaimed that he wanted to make sure he put some real estate between him and the other teams because he wants the team’s name on that Hot Rod Trophy home.
Nish will be running tomorrow morning again, the Spirit of Rett is planning to run it til it blows or beats the competition, and Tom Hannah has shown up with a new streamliner that is as big a piece of art as instrument of speed. We’ll keep you posted as the Poteet and Main team continue to reach for the elusive 400-mph mark, while also watching their butts.
We love Poteet’s reaction after climbing out of his 387-mph rocket ship below. For more photos, see the gallery here.