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Bill Skillman Runs 7.81 at 175 mph in NHRA/NMCA Cobra Jet | Presented by Nitto Tire

Photo by BME Photography

The conditions are awesome and the strip at Bradenton Motorsports Park is set on kill, providing great opportunities for racers to post big performances. The latest to add his name to the list of ridiculous runs is Bill Skillman, driving the family’s 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. He is the fourth NHRA/NMCA Factory Showdown/Super Car racer that we know of to drop into the 7s in pre-season testing and he is the definitely the quickest with a 7.81 at 175 mph run.

The car is sporting one of the highly discussed 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet spec engines, which includes a Whipple 3.0L supercharger and larger 5.2L displacement. As one can imagine, there are a lot of rumors floating around on the legality of the combination, what specific parts are on these cars, and what action will NHRA and NMCA officials given the recent swell of performances.

One of the unconfirmed rumors are that the superchargers feature bigger throttle bodies and pulley dimensions are unknown, both on the cars in testing and they are undeclared by the NHRA rules for the new combinations. The situation is moving quickly and we have several calls into NHRA and NMCA officials to get their side of the story with pre-season numbers that are nearly two-tenths quicker than last year’s performances.

Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.