In the world of drag racing, where speed and performance reign supreme. Alex Laughlin recently achieved something truly remarkable behind the wheel of the BlackBirdX Dodge Challenger Drag Pak—a record-breaking 6.976-second pass at an incredible speed of 199.26 mph at Beech Bend Raceway Park. This achievement marks the first-ever 6-second pass in the Factory X car, unofficially.
Laughlin, in his rookie season in Funny Car, has already made a name for himself, piloting the Jim Dunn Racing Valvoline Dodge Charger and in the Pro Stock category.
Initially planned for trailblazing driver Geoff Turk, a testing accident in April dramatically altered Turk’s plans when he suffered a brain hemorrhage, compelling him to undergo immediate surgery. Despite his ongoing recovery, the decision to step aside and allow other drivers some seat time proved to be a wise one. The team won at the NHRA Midwest Nationals with 2012 NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Allen Johnson at the helm, becoming the first Factory X driver to break the 200 mph barrier.
During the recent test session, Laughlin’s performance was spectacular. The BlackBirdX Dodge Challenger Drag Pak displayed a series of consistent passes, including a 7.090 at 198.58 mph, 7.019 at 198.47 mph, and a stunning 7.003 at 198.79 mph, before finally breaking into the 6-second range with the record-setting run.