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Challenger 1320 quarter mile record reset for a good cause

by Patrick Rall on

Tommy Barron’s Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 recently reset the world record for the quickest stock-power 1320 car, but for Tommy and his wife Carly, It is about more than just drag racing. The family uses their Indigo Blue Challenger 1320 to help raise money for their nonprofit, Slicks for Hope. Slicks for Hope is a charity group that helps raise money to support the fight against pediatric cancer in honor of Peyton, Barron’s daughter who passed away after a hard-fought battle with the disease.

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We cover a great many track records here on Allpar, but this one is special. While the key focus of this story is the fact that the Barron’s Challenger 1320 set the stock-power world record for this package, but in the same way that the family uses this car to raise money for children’s cancer research, we are featuring this record run to showcase the family’s charitable efforts and a great cause. We will start by discussing the record, but we have also included the story of how this Challenger 1320 became a part of their lives.

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Challenger 1320 Record

The Dodge Challenger 1320 shown here in Indigo Blue is piloted by both Tommy and Barron. It is stock including the single-seat interior configuration, with the exception of the skinny front wheels from a 2018 Demon, wrapped in skinny tires. Everything else is factory stock, including the 20-inch Nexen drag radials out back. That is a key aspect of this story, as the vast majority of 1320 owners have swapped to a far better drag radial. However, the Barrons have stuck with the Nexens and the results are very impressive.

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While racing at Atco Dragway on November 3rd as part of the final Modern Street Hemi Shootout event of 2019, Tommy Barron ran an 11.30 at 119.43 miles per hour, beating the previous stock-power 1320 ran of 11.37. Next, Carly Barron made a pass in the car and laid down an 11.35 at 119.91 miles per hour. Tommy’s run was the record-setting elapsed time while Carly’s run set the quarter mile trap speed record for the 1320 package. The video below shows Carly’s record run.

While we don’t have video of the 11.30 run, Tommy also ran an 11.32, and you can check out the run in the video below.

For those wondering, the previous record for a stock-power Challenger 1320 was set by Kenzie Peterson, who ran an 11.37 at 118.76 miles per hour. She set the record with stock power and a bit of weight reduction, including aftermarket wheels, Mickey Thompson tires and a lightweight battery. So the differences for the Barron’s record runs included different rear wheels and tires, no lightweight battery and better air. However, considering the short mod list, the times turned in by both of these cars are impressive, considering the fact that Dodge expected them to run 11.60-11.70 stock.

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Slicks of Hope

Now for the heartbreaking part of this story. A few years back, Tommy Barron didn’t have this Indigo Blue Challenger 1320. He has an old GMC pickup, but his little girl, Peyton, loved when dad would go fast. When they were out riding around in that truck, Peyton would say “go fast dad”, and Tommy would do the best that he could in the old truck. While on those cruises, Peyton would see Dodge Challengers and proclaim “that’s fast”, at which point Tommy would tell his little girl that they were going to get one of the Mopar muscle cars to go racing.

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Sadly, Tommy lost Peyton to brain cancer in 2017, before he was able to buy the Challenger for her to enjoy. However, with Peyton’s older sister, Brooklyn, and Tommy’s wife, Carly, the family bought the 1320 and founded Slicks of Hope. Their small charitable group uses the race car to raise money for pediatric cancer, and that money is sent to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a larger organization which also focuses on pediatric cancer.

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Tommy Barron explained that he met Carly shortly before Peyton passed, and not only did she help him get through the loss of his little girl, but she also supported Tommy’s mission to remember Peyton and to raise money to help other kids with cancer. For more on Slicks of Hope, click here to check out their Facebook page. It includes pictures of Peyton, the car, and the family along with information on the Barron’s fundraising efforts. There are also more videos of their record setting Challenger, along with pictures from car shows and track events.

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Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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