1989 ARCA Champ Keselowski Sets Speed Records in Utah

1989 ARCA Champ Keselowski Sets Speed Records in Utah

While Brad Keselowski was in Las Vegas last weekend winning his third consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in a row, his father was in Utah setting an all-time stock car speed record.

Former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards national champion Bob Keselowski broke the elusive 270 mile per hour barrier in a specially modified NASCAR Cup Series chassis during the recent speed trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

The last time it was used in NASCAR competition was at Martinsville in 2010. The car was fast on its first lap of practice, but brake failure on the second lap resulted in a big crash and frame damage. The car was rebuilt by Bob and son Brian. Brian is a former ARCA late model champion at Toledo Speedway and has three career ARCA Racing series victories to his credit.

The car was eventually repaired and for the last couple of years has been used for land speed record runs. 

Keselowski, the 1989 ARCA champion, registered an official run at 271.846 miles per hour over a five-mile run on the famous Bonneville salt. That speed beat the previous stock car record by 31 miles per hour.

The car, a former Chip Gansssi Racing Dodge Charger with a Gen 5 body on it, was modified for straight-line speed by adding a different spoiler, special streamline wheels and tires, and a taller gear ratio. The engine was a Dodge R5 engine designed for what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series that was last used in NASCAR competition in 2012.

Bobby Gerhart, an eight-time ARCA winner at Daytona, was also in Utah with the Keselowskis making runs to earn his license to run. His top speed was over 266 miles per hour.


good job on the run.

David DeFord

Good going Bob.  You told me you were doing this a few years ago, you finally made it.

Bryan H.

Very Cool.

Timothy E.

I want to see that thing go around talladega!