Englishtown: Scranton's Celica breaks 200-mph barrier

Scranton breaks the illusive 200-mph barrier in a Toyota Celica. ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 6, 2002) - Matt Scranton made history when he became the first person in sport compact/import drag racing to break the 200-mph barrier in his Turbonetics ...

Scranton breaks the illusive 200-mph barrier in a Toyota Celica.

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 6, 2002) - Matt Scranton made history when he became the first person in sport compact/import drag racing to break the 200-mph barrier in his Turbonetics Toyota Celica at the Nitto Extreme Performance NHRA Sport Compact Nationals on Sunday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Scranton, 30 of Land O'Lakes, Fla., made a 7.15-second pass at 202.55 mph in the twin-turbo V8 powered Celica during the finals of the Pro V-8 class to claim his second consecutive victory of the season. Craig Paisley finished second with a career-best 7.96-second quarter-mile run in his new Toyota Tundra truck.

"This record couldn't have been possible without the help of the people at Toyota Racing Development," said Scranton from victory circle.

In addition to winning his second of two events to start the 2002 NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, Scranton earned a $25,000 bonus check posted by series title sponsor Summit for the first sport compact driver to break the illusive 200-mph barrier.

Scranton came close to the 200-mph hurdle in qualifying first in class with a 7.10-second run at 198.99 mph, which also set an NHRA national record at the time. After two races in the 10-event schedule, he holds a 25-point lead in the Pro V-8 class over Paisley and his Tundra truck.

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