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Never Lift Half Mile Racing

A look at some of the most impressive cars and top speeds of this year's hottest half-mile race

Austin Lott
Jun 29, 2018

Photos courtesy of Motovicity

What do you get when you mix more than 200 cars with an open runway for two days? Half mile racing, that's what - and lots of it! Motovicity hosted its first-ever Never Lift Half Mile event in Coalinga, California, with the help of Shift-S3ctor last April and they had an excellent turnout for both competitors and spectators. A few of the runs were good enough to set new world records for half mile runs, too.

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Half-mile racing, as the name suggests, is flat-out racing for 2,640 feet. The event is getting more popular, gaining traction if you will because it gives drivers a way to test the limits of not only their high-end supercars, but also hand out bragging rights to those who can build a truly fast car. While traction off the line is important, half mile racing isn't about reaction times. The half mile is simply about going as fast as you can by the time you pass the checkered flags at the end.

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Never Lift's half mile race featured six classes: FWD, RWD, AWD, Naturally Aspirated, Sedan, and BMW/AMG. They noted that naturally aspirated meant just that, with no allowance for nitrous or electric-assist motors. The competition was separate for each day, with a winner in each class on Saturday and Sunday. Participants lined up side-by-side and made as many passes as they could in the morning to qualify. Four moved on from the morning qualifying sessions and from those four the top two were chosen to compete in each class. Overall $30,000 in cash prizes were given out to the winners in each class each day.

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The overall top speed of the weekend, 236.10 mph, was set by Bad Boy Morris Malone in his 2,800 hp twin-turbo C6 Corvette. Props where it's due, he deserves the bragging rights associated with being "Fastest Badass" of the weekend. It also happened to be a half mile rear-wheel drive world record.

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In the FWD class, Myles Kerr of English Racing took first both days with his '94 Integra. Kerr posted a personal best speed of 207.47 mph on Sunday racing against Aaron O'Neal who was driving his '94 Civic. O'Neal also set a personal best record with a 195.14 mph pass. The Integra was putting down 1,050hp and the Civic put down 1,000hp.

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In the AWD class, the Nissan GT-R ruled the weekend. On Saturday Atif Awan took first in his 1,600hp '05 GT-R with a 219.41 mph pass, which was the fastest pass laid down in competition by any of the GT-Rs present.

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The sedan class played out a classic matchup: Evo versus WRX. This time an Evo came out on top when Lucas English took the top speed for the weekend on Saturday, with 210.47 mph from his 1,150 hp, '08 Mitsubishi Evo X. On Sunday Andy Hartogh's 905 hp, '08 Subaru WRX took the top spot with a 188.84 mph pass.

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The Results (by car #)

#0 ProAm 1, 2017 ProAm 1 ( 169.94 mph )
#1 Aaron ONeil, 1994 Honda Civic ( 199.38 mph )
#2 Aaron Kahn, 1993 Toyota Supra *
#3 Adam Hafajee, 2007 Porsche Turbo ( 168.10 mph )
#4 Adam Bullock, 2015 Porsche Turbo S ( 173.75 mph )
#5 Adan Martinez, 2008 Ford Shelby GT500 ( 199.47 mph )
#6 Alex Lopez, 2014 Ford Mustang GT ( 139.62 mph )
#8 Aminjit Sandhu, 2013 Dodge Viper ( 158.39 mph )
#9 Dominique Cruz, 2009 Nissan GTR ( 175.23 mph )
#10 Andy Hartogh, 2005 Subaru WRX ( 191.98 mph )
#11 Andy Costello, 2018 BMW M3 ( 172.22 mph )
#13 Anthony Scafuto, 2014 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE ( 141.02 mph )
#14 Atif Awan, 2005 Mitsubishi Evo IX ( 84.76 mph )
#15 Atif Awan, 2009 Nissan GTR ( 220.26 mph )
#16 Austin Wyly, 2001 Audi S4 Avant ( 132.55 mph )
#21 Brett Maxwell, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette ( 162.93 mph )
#24 Carl Brown, 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ( 181.38 mph )
#25 Charles Sager, 1996 Honda Civic ( 181.38 mph )
#26 Chris Brock, 2014 Nissan GTR ( 192.47 mph )
#27 Chris Snyder, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette ( 163.46 mph )
#28 Christian Martell, 2001 Audi S4 ( 155.07 mph )
#29 Chuy Ramos, 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ( 154.27 mph )
#30 Cliff Maupin, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 149.11 mph )
#32 Vay Moc, 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S ( 161.81 mph )
#33 Daryl Reyno, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS ( 141.73 mph )
#34 David Reyes, 2017 Acura NSX ( 152.59 mph )
#35 David Reyes, 2018 Jeep Trackhawk ( 143.59 mph )
#36 Debbie Blackwell, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro ( 170.00 mph )
#38 Drew Hughes, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( 168.16 mph )
#40 Edgar Perez, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 149.50 mph )
#41 Eli Hassine, 2013 Nissan GTR ( 207.28 mph )
#43 Eric Linnell, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( 170.84 mph )
#44 Erik Palmer, 2001 Audi S4 ( 147.35 mph )
#45 Evan Essary, 2014 Ford Mustang ( 156.20 mph )
#46 Evan Bolles, 2000 Subaru RSTI ( 154.91 mph )
#47 Gabriel Brouse, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette ( 152.80 mph )
#49 Hamzah Ahmed, 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( 183.45 mph )
#50 Hilal Al Mohannadi, 2004 Mitsubishi Evo ( 191.49 mph )
#51 Hussain Alabdullah, 2014 Dodge Viper GTS ( 202.98 mph )
#52 Isaac Bowser, 2014 Nissan GTR ( 163.76 mph )
#53 Isam Awwad, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 166.23 mph )
#54 Ivan Garcia, 2003 BMW M3 ( 174.22 mph )
#55 James Wie, 2012 Nissan GTR ( 203.34 mph )
#56 Jason Acton, 1975 Datsun 280z ( 130.51 mph )
#58 Jeffrey Paulick, 2013 Nissan GTR ( 200.71 mph )
#59 Jeffrey York, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 150.50 mph )
#60 Jerry Shumard, 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat ( 150.85 mph )
#61 Joe Ahumada, 2009 Nissan GTR ( 201.52 mph )
#62 Talal Aldousari, 2015 Ford Mustang ( 166.05 mph )
#63 John Spencer, 1993 Honda Del Sol ( 181.82 mph )
#65 John Paulo, 2013 Nissan GTR ( 163.16 mph )
#68 Ryan Raduechel, 1990 Mazda Miata ( 167.47 mph )
#69 Katsu Uto, 2013 Nissan GTR ( 205.67 mph )
#70 Kenny Miller, 2012 BMW 135i ( 151.01 mph )
#71 Kevin Linnell, 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( 178.64 mph )
#72 Kevin Heimlich, 2002 Porsche Turbo ( 143.31 mph )
#73 Kris Gutcheon, 2016 McLaren 570s ( 162.10 mph )
#74 Lance Freitas, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro ( 153.01 mph )
#75 Lawrence Henrard, 2014 BMW M5 ( 190.44 mph )
#76 Lori Brown, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 153.53 mph )
#77 Lucas Kunze, 2010 Cadillac CTS-V ( 154.32 mph )
#78 Lucas English, 2008 Mitsubishi Evolution ( 212.26 mph )
#79 Mac Butler, 2010 Nissan GTR ( 199.38 mph )
#80 Mahboob Karimi, 2014 Cadillac CTS-V ( 155.07 mph )
#82 Marat Martirosyan, 2017 Mercedes AMG GTS ( 163.93 mph )
#83 Abdul Aziz Almohunnadi, 2014 Ford Mustang ( 161.17 mph )
#84 Mark Knight, 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 ( 147.83 mph )
#85 Angel K Huerta, 2018 Chevrolet ZL1 ( 145.82 mph )
#86 Mark De George, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 138.50 mph )
#87 Marty Staggs, 2017 Porsche Cayman ( 134.93 mph )
#88 Matthew Ortogero, 2004 Ford Cobra ( 146.48 mph )
#89 Michael Dunwody, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette ( 156.63 mph )
#90 Michael Saidkhanian, 2016 Porsche Turbo S ( 170.78 mph )
#91 Michael Martin, 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS ( 162.93 mph )
#92 Bad Boy Morris Malone, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 236.10 mph )
#93 Myles Kerr, 1994 Acura Integra ( 207.47 mph )
#94 Christian Aguilar, 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ( 169.24 mph )
#96 Neeraj Sharma, 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 ( 158.12 mph )
#97 Nick Zaw, 2018 Mercedes AMG GTR ( 152.91 mph )
#98 Omran Isso, 2014 BMW M5 ( 159.12 mph )
#99 Oscar Perez, 2014 Nissan GTR ( 153.85 mph )
#100 Patrick Kennedy, 2015 Ford Mustang ( 148.76 mph )
#101 Paul Cardoza, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 162.57 mph )
#103 Ramzy Saleh, 2016 Ford Mustang ( 171.30 mph )
#104 Xavier Laris, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 154.16 mph )
#105 Ravi Dolwani, 2015 BMW M5 ( 152.91 mph )
#106 Ravi Dolwani, 2010 Mitsubishi Evo X ( 120.55 mph )
#107 Remy Rudeen, 2009 Nissan GTR ( 205.67 mph )
#108 Robert Driz, 2017 McLaren 570S ( 162.81 mph )
#109 Rock Rochmes, 2015 Nissan GTR ( 162.16 mph )
#110 Ronak Patel, 2015 BMW M6 ( 157.18 mph )
#113 Scott Dangel, 2008 Ford Shelby GT500 ( 153.85 mph )
#114 Scott Essary, 2018 Dodge Demon ( 160.37 mph )
#115 Scott Birdsall, 1949 Ford F1 Truck ( 142.09 mph )
#117 Sean Wilson, 2014 Nissan GTR ( 203.34 mph )
#118 Serge Gorelyshev, 2014 Nissan GTR ( 196.76 mph )
#120 Jaron Cappos, 2014 Nissan GTR ( 164.05 mph )
#121 Suzanne Maurice, 2009 BMW M3 ( 149.55 mph )
#122 Taylor Knight, 2014 Mercedes E63 ( 166.11 mph )
#123 Tedy Fugel, 2017 BMW M2 ( 135.54 mph )
#124 Tho Nguyen, 1994 Toyota Supra ( 186.57 mph )
#125 Thomas Dourgarian, 1997 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR ( 124.52 mph )
#127 Tom Phan, 2010 Nissan GTR ( 201.79 mph )
#128 Tom Phan, 2015 Lamborghini Huracan ( 192.88 mph )
#129 Bruno Santos, 2018 BMW M3 ( 144.09 mph )
#130 Philip Lizzi, 2018 Audi TT-RS ( 143.36 mph )
#131 Wes Walz, 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R ( 154.37 mph )
#133 Joseph Kennedy, 2015 Nissan GTR ( 208.91 mph )
#135 Abraham Gutierrez, 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 ( 145.54 mph )
#136 Alexandre Decleves, 1993 Toyota Supra ( 167.04 mph )
#137 Amir Nazary, 2012 Nissan GTR ( 192.88 mph )
#138 Ando Ghevandyan, 2016 Infiniti Q50 ( 129.12 mph )
#140 Andy Singh, 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat ( 155.01 mph )
#141 Anthony Vargas, 2008 BMW 335i ( 162.87 mph )
#142 Anthony Powell, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 160.31 mph )
#144 Ari Shiralian, 2011 Mercedes SLS ( 148.71 mph )
#145 Armando Otero, 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ( 144.88 mph )
#146 Aron Kardashian, 2018 Dodge Challenger ( 153.06 mph )
#149 Brandon Tran, 2015 BMW M3 ( 154.43 mph )
#151 Bruce Busch, 2015 Kawasaki ZX14 ( 177.58 mph )
#153 Clark Harikian, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 149.30 mph )
#156 David Horn, 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( 176.06 mph )
#157 Eric Ortiz, 2012 Mercedes C63 ( 143.18 mph )
#158 Faisal Al Bulushi, 2010 Nissan GTR ( 158.01 mph )
#159 Frank Jud, 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa ( 186.64 mph )
#160 Gary Dhaliwal, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ( 150.55 mph )
#161 George Tsitlakidis, 2018 Audi RS3 ( 168.54 mph )
#162 Gigs Ziraki, 2004 Mitsubishi Evo 8 ( 164.65 mph )
#163 Abdul Aziz, 2017 chevrolet corvette ( 161.87 mph )
#164 Harib Al Said, 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 ( 147.06 mph )
#165 James Haskell, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ( 150.35 mph )
#166 Jason D'Ambrossi, 2015 BMW M3 ( 167.79 mph )
#167 Jeffrey Crosbie, 2015 Chevrolet SS ( 123.39 mph )
#168 Jeremy Bertron, 2003 Ford Cobra ( 132.67 mph )
#169 Jerry Sample, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette ( 165.20 mph )
#170 Jesus Pedroza, 2015 Mitubishi Evo ( 155.82 mph )
#171 Jim Higgins, 2004 Suzuki Hayabusa ( 189.63 mph )
#172 Jon Furst, 2009 BMW 335i ( 163.16 mph )
#173 Joseph Heartsner, 1965 Ford Mustang ( 132.74 mph )
#174 Joseph Busto, 2017 McLaren 570S ( 159.74 mph )
#175 Justin Proffitt, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ( 150.60 mph )
#177 Kenton Von Hollen, 2003 BMW M3 ( 188.36 mph )
#178 Kenzo Ventanilla, 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 ( 145.96 mph )
#179 Kevin Cordova, 2015 BMW M3 ( 141.73 mph )
#180 Kevin Yeung, 2015 Nissan GTR ( 149.55 mph )
#181 Kyle Strasburg, 2013 Scion FRS ( 156.74 mph )
#182 Lee Martinez, 1987 Ford Mustang ( 124.31 mph )
#184 Mark Johnson, 2012 McLaren MP4-12c ( 166.54 mph )
#185 Mark Unipan, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette ( 172.28 mph )
#186 Michael Becerra, 2016 Mercedes C63S ( 153.06 mph )
#187 Miguel Cervantes, 2008 BMW 335i ( 163.10 mph )
#188 Mike Tamrazyan, 2015 Mitsubishi Evo X ( 127.51 mph )
#190 Nicholas Faz, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ( 145.91 mph )
#191 Nick Stonawski, 1994 Toyota Supra ( 163.87 mph )
#192 Owen Klaiss, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS ( 138.08 mph )
#193 Paul Khatchadourian, 2003 Mitsubishi Evo ( 147.78 mph )
#194 Payam Harouni, 2007 BMW 335i ( 161.35 mph )
#195 Peter Fajarillo, 2009 Mercedes C63 AMG ( 147.25 mph )
#196 Philip Yeung, 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra ( 141.29 mph )
#197 Ravi Singh, 2006 Chrysler 300 ( 148.61 mph )
#198 Ravi Patel, 2007 BMW 335i ( 149.30 mph )
#199 Renan Mendes, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ( 153.74 mph )
#201 Richard Barrington, 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ( 142.95 mph )
#203 Rod Howard, 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 ( 152.85 mph )
#204 Sam Williamson, 2008 BMW 535xi ( 152.44 mph )
#205 Shaheen Alghanim, 2018 Mercedes E63S ( 158.33 mph )
#206 Shashi Dookhee, 2018 McLaren 570S Spider ( 157.95 mph )
#207 Shea Harney, 2017 BMW M2 ( 127.95 mph )
#208 Spencer Robertson, 2017 Dodge Challenger ( 123.19 mph )
#209 Steven Thu, 2007 BMW 335i ( 149.45 mph )
#211 Terry Burger, 2015 BMW M5 ( 162.51 mph )
#213 Tom Van Steyn, 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP ( 155.82 mph )
#214 Vahagn Martirosyan, 2016 Dodge Challenger ( 154.16 mph )
#215 Memo Munoz, 1993 Toyota Supra ( 163.70 mph )
#217 Rob Dahm, 1993 Mazda RX7 ( 180.80 mph )
#219 Marty Gamache, 2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special ( 131.16 mph )
#220 Faisal Alsaid, 2012 Mercedes C63 ( 143.27 mph )
#221 Aro Kagramanyan, 2017 McLaren 720S ( 176.47 mph )
#222 Mr Gorilla, 1995 Toyota Supra ( 184.65 mph )
#224 Dean Hodel, 2015 EBR 1190SX ( 157.51 mph )
#225 Joey Schiffman, 2011 BMW 335i ( 128.83 mph )
#226 Jason Frantz, 2010 Lexus ISF ( 158.06 mph )
#227 Josh Wong, 2003 Mitsubishi Evo 8 ( 169.62 mph )
#228 Marisa Clark, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ( 165.00 mph )
#229 Orbell Ovaness, 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo ( 166.85 mph )
#230 David Tran, 2016 BMW M3 ( 155.01 mph )
#231 Ruben Ojeda, 2009 BMW 335i ( 146.63 mph )
#232 Wes Sabri, 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo ( 159.57 mph )
#233 Jeff Dapra, 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo ( 175.44 mph )
#234 Jerry Oganyan, 2016 Nissan GTR ( 157.34 mph )
#235 Alex Vardanyan, 2016 Nissan GTR ( 163.22 mph )
#236 Fahad Alwheeb, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ( 142.86 mph )
#237 Arthur Baseghian, 2013 BMW 135i ( 139.10 mph )
#238 Josh Jenkins, 2015 Kawasaki 1400 ( 181.38 mph )
#239 Adrian Mireles, 2016 BMW S1000RR ( 162.40 mph )
#240 Msary Albatah, 2013 Ford Mustang ( 142.18 mph )
#241 Eddy Garcia, 2018 BMW M3 ( 147.83 mph )
#242 Stephanie Cemo, 2009 Chevrolet ZR1 ( 147.44 mph )
#243 David Nguyen, 1998 Acura NSX ( 136.49 mph )
#250 Fawaz Alarashidi, 2013 Ford Mustang GT ( 138.55 mph )

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