Last weekend the NX DuraMax powered diesel dragster made its debut at the NHRDA FASS Nationals at the fabled home of the US Nationals in Indianapolis Indiana. With seventeen year old NHRA World Junior Dragster Champion Emily Herod at the wheel, the NX car rolled out of the trailer and set low ET of the meet on its first pass down the quarter mile racing surface! The NHRDA World Record for the Top Diesel class is 7.67 seconds, the NX dragster ran a 7.82@172 MPH. However a cracked exhaust header prevented us from trying to reset the existing record with a more aggressive tune-up, so we settled in satisfied to be the quickest and fastest car at the track. As the day of racing wore on the final round pitted Emily against a Cummins powered Altered who had already eliminated John Robinson’s mighty Cummins powered Funny car. Knowing the NX car was steadily losing performance from the damaged header Emily calmly did her burnout, staged the car and proceeded to put an excellent light on the Altered and she never looked back, taking the win with a decisive 7.96@170 MPH
The weekend was an unqualified success, low qualifier, top speed, and event winner, how much better could it get? The NX team is already hard at work repairing the car and getting ready to attend the NADM event in Numidia, Pennsylvania. We intend to be the quickest, fastest, most feared car on the diesel racing circuit.
Hughes Performance would like to congratulate Mike Wood, Emily Herod, and the entire Nitrous Express crew for their outstanding performance at the NHRDA FASS Nationals. Hughes Performance is proud to be a part of this elite racing operation, as the NX dragster relies on the all new and unbeatable Hughes Performance XP5 Powerglide transmission and custom XP5 10.5″ billet lock-up torque converter to get this dragster down track quickly and more efficiently than any of their competitors. This custom package provides all the torque-multiplying benefits and improved staging characteristics offered by a torque converter along with the advantages of 100% efficiency and drive ratio down track that was previously only achievable with a clutch and manual transmission. Hughes Performance has the revolutionary technology, high quality products, and customer service necessary to put your racing operation in the winner’s circle!