Over the winter, Jared Johnston and KBX Performance constructed a state-of-the-art new X275 Mustang Coupe that, given all of the individuals involved in the project, had the makings of front-running machine before it ever turned a tire. Well, that premonition has come true, as in the two most recent races, Johnston and tuner John Kolivas have been absolutely dominant, going unbeaten, untied, and scored upon in winning Lights Out 6 in South Georgia and, most recently, the Radial Tire Racing Association’s inaugural event at the North Star Dragway in Texas. And not only did they win — they broke the X275 record book over their knee.
If you’ll recall, in just its second event, Johnston’s Mustang qualified No. 1 at Donald Long’s Lights Out 6 at the South Georgia Motorsports Park last month, set low elapsed time, top speed, and won X275 against the toughest lineup of competitors in the sport.
Johnston and the KBX team then headed south to Denton, Texas this past weekend, where they once again found themselves up against some of the hitters in the country at the Texas Radial Round Up at North Star. Impressively, Johnston’s coupe had low elapsed time of all three qualifying sessions, and only missed out on top speed during one of those.
He eventually closed out qualifying atop the field with a stout 4.461 to lead the class into eliminations. There, Johnston rolled to a new world record elapsed time for the X275 class with a stunning 4.445 on a competition bye in the first round, getting the attention of small-tire drag racing fans everywhere. That was followed up with a 4.48 in round two, a weekend-worst 4.58 in round three, a 4.46 in the semis, and a 4.49 in the final to oust Jason Brock, putting a cap on what could only be considered a dream weekend for the Missouri racer.