Even though the Tesla Model S Plaid and Dodge Demon were banned on the drag strip, it doesn't mean you couldn't go the track and race your Tesla or Dodge. According to an article by Jalopnik, Demon owners found a loophole; all it required was a not-so-heavy right foot. Since the Demon can do the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph, you could still have fun on the track if you maintained 9.99 seconds or slower than 135 mph. Tesla owners could use the same technique to circumnavigate the rules, with some owners applying the brakes mid-way to keep everything tidy (per Teslarati).
However, something magnificent happened in March 2022, and it had something to do with the NHRA changing its mind once again to bend the rules. The agency updated its Street Legal program to allow faster cars like the Tesla Model S Plaid and Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to do what they do best within the confines of a drag strip.
"We continue to see manufacturers make faster vehicles available right off the showroom floor while increasing features that couldn't be overlooked anymore," said Matt Deyoung, Tucson Dragway Track Manager. "We believe our racers will embrace these changes, and it will grow our grudge racing and Street Legal Program while helping prevent faster OEM cars taking to the streets."