Like Western Star Trucks, the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) has some of the most loyal fans in the world. Since 1951, the NHRA has been putting on drag racing events where fans can get behind-the-scenes access to interact with the driving teams and their cars. It makes perfect sense that this 49oo EX long hood is the work horse for hauling NHRA’s Tim Wilkerson Racing’s Shelby Mustang to quarter tracks across North America during the racing season.
Powered by a Detroit Diesel™ DD15 505HP engine and 13 speed Eaton UltraShift® Plus transmission to turn the 40K Meritor DualTrac™ rear axles. A 13K front and 40K AirLiner suspension is stretched out on a 294” wheelbase on a set of 3/8 by 115/8” single-frame rails to ensure a very smooth ride for the 82” Stratosphere Sleeper. Look behind the sleeper to find the tool box which stores parts and tools required for this weekend warrior.
The 2014 Ford Shelby Mustang boasts a 9,000+ horsepower engine with a PSI supercharger and and flies down the ¼ mile track in 3.9 sec at 328 MPH while burning a 90% Nitromethane and 10% Methanol fuel mixture. That may be a record for the fastest land speed a WST logo has ever traveled.
Jason Curry does a great job leading the transport team for Curry’s, and thanks to Mark Goodding from Truck Country, in Davenport, Iowa for sharing this long nose Western Star !