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Buginga and Burton Set Radical 5-Second, Radial-tire Records at World Cup Finals: Import vs Domestic Race

Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography courtesy of Chris Simmons Photography Some radical quarter-mile, radial-tire records were reset while racing at the 25th Annual Haltech World Cup Finals: Import vs Domestic Presented by Wiseco as Manny Buginga and Don Burndown Burton both dipped deep into the 5-second zone. Held over November 3-7, 2021, at Maryland International Raceway, the epic annual throwdown event has a history of making the impossible possible thanks to great track prep and even greater atmospheric conditions. In addition to category wins by Andy Manson in Radial vs Modified for $20,000, Mike Cerminaro in X275 vs Hot Rod for $15,000, 2021 NHRA Pro Mod champion Jose Gonzalez in Warriors vs Tres Cuatro for $10,000, Louie Filippides in Street Fighter for $1,000 with Valerie Clements as the runner-up, Patrick Estevez Jr. in Super Street for $10,000, David Consentino in Wild Street for $10,000, Josh Tonksi in Stick Shift for $10,000, Warriors vs Tres Cuatro runner up Carlos Olivo in the Nitro Shootout for $10,000, Adam Hall in All Motor for $5,000, Rodney Williford in Pro Street Bike for $5,000, and Nichole Elff in True Street for $5,000, it was Outlaw vs Extreme winner Manny Buginga and runner up Don Burton who absolutely stole the show with their incredible performances. Buginga, driving his Pro Line Racing-powered and ProCharger-supercharged 2003 Mustang Cobra known as Fred in honor of the late Blake Copson, blasted into the number-one spot for Outlaw vs Extreme qualifying when he ran a jaw-dropping 5.759 at 228.23mph pass. The run, which occurred during the third round of qualifying on November 5 and included a 1.025-second 60-foot time, reset the overall quarter-mile drag radial elapsed time world record. Thanks to help from his talented crew and tuner Jamie Miller working the FuelTech EFI system, Buginga did the deed on a set of Mickey Thompson 315mm drag radials as opposed to Fred's typical 275s. Meanwhile, it was Burton who was able to claim the first to the 5s on 275s honors in the quarter-mile; he ran 5.881 at 228.92 mph in his 1992 Ford Mustang on 275mm tires with a 1.033-second short time, also on November 5, but during the earlier second session. With Pro Line Racing Hemi power under the hood of his entry and JPC Racing's Eric Holliday in charge of the FuelTech tune up, Burton only had to sacrifice a passenger door to the racing gods as it blew off on his way to claiming the number-two spot in qualifying. Unsurprisingly, Buginga and Burton both hustled with hardcore runs throughout eliminations and each earned a spot in the final round. Ultimately, however, Buginga took the tree on a single and made a 60-foot hit in order to receive the trophy and be crowned the overall winner.

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