The national and world records for Top Alcohol Funny Car have been perhaps among the most stagnant in all of drag racing over the last handful of years, but over the weekend, Swedish racer Jonnie Lindberg absolutely obliterated the previous bests for the category, as he made the first 5.3-second pass in history on his way to winning the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Lindberg and his Lindberg Bros. team had proven their capabilities in the performance department in the past in their native land, and when they came stateside to compete with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, it seemed only a matter of time before they’d be in record territory. That record — 5.410 set by Australian Craig Glassby in February — which bettered the previous mark of 5.411 set by Frank Manzo way back in October of 2011 by just one-thousandth of a second.
But Lindberg, taking full advantage of the impressive conditions at the zMax Dragway in Charlotte, blasted to an out-of-this-world 5.361 at 272.01 mph in the second session of qualifying, making it not only the quickest pass in history by a good margin, but the fastest, as well. Just a session earlier, Lindberg had already become to the first Top Alcohol Funny Car racer to surpass the 270 mph barrier with a 5.473-second, 270.10 mph lap.
After an off-pace (for him) 5.57 in the first round, Lindberg put his boot back on the throats of the rest of the class with a 5.481 at 270.64 in the second round to officially back up the 5.36 for a national record, then ran 5.52 in the semifinals and then another crushing 5.406 at 269.94 in the final to defeat Steve Harker — who also surpassed the previous world record with a 5.406 of his own in round two.
So impressive was Lindberg’s performance that his 5.36 would’ve qualified him 11th in Top Alcohol Dragster and would’ve outrun most of the qualified field in eliminations.