Mustang Stomps Demon During Failed Launch

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Mustang gets a great start while the Challenger driver struggles with to get off the line.

The video above comes to us from the 728 Autos YouTube channel and it features an S197 Ford Mustang GT destroying a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Well, to be exact, the Ford won so effortlessly because the Demon driver didn’t leave the starting line when the green lights dropped, so while the Mustang did demolish the Dodge, it might have been a bit more interesting if both cars had left on green.

Eyeing Up the Competitors

The video begins like many YouTube clips, with a few minutes of pointless banter with the drivers, one of which is the gentleman who runs the Demonology YouTube channel.

Demonology Demon

The other vehicle is a black S197 Mustang GT, but we don’t get any details on that car or the driver. We know that it has drag radials and a manual transmission and we know that it is loud, but that is all that we know for sure. This murdered-out pony car could be capable of beating a new Dodge Demon when both cars do leave the line at the same time, but on this night, the Ford was the only vehicle up to the task.

Black Ford Mustang GT Burnout

Problems in the Burnout Box

After both cars clean off and heat up their tires, the narrator begins to talk about how the Demon driver didn’t have enough water in his burnout box, so he wasn’t able to do a proper burnout. As a result, his tires weren’t hot enough and he wasn’t able to launch. Some people in the video’s comment section are insisting that he incorrectly used the transbrake and based on what we have seen in videos of incorrect transbrake usage, that certainly appears to be what happened.

Mustang Staging Against Demon

When the green lights dropped, the Mustang ripped away from the line while the Demon just casually coasted a few inches from the starting point. In the comments, people are insisting that “Demonology” does not use the transbrake and that this bad start was due to the problematic burnout box, but more realistically, it looks like the driver failed to correctly use one of the high tech launch features of the new Dodge Demon.

Mustang Walks Demon

In any case, the Ford Mustang GT got away from the line in a hurry, laying down a solid run while the Demon owner worked on getting the car headed down track.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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