The Speed Demon Racing Team has won the Hot Rod Magazine Bonneville Top Speed Trophy for the last seven consecutive Speed Week events. That extraordinary record is due to George Poteet, Ken Duttweiler, Crew Chief Steve Watt and, in very large measure, the relentlessly hard working crew, aptly named the Men in Black in 2016 by a novice reporter whose intended slight resulted in the coveted shirts proudly worn by the Demon record assault team.
As of Speed Week 2017 Poteet has penetrated the rare air of 400 mph speeds a total of 43 times. That is very close to, and in fact, may well be more times than everyone else combined. He owns almost the entire top half of the Blown Fuel Streamliner class at Bonneville. Chassis dimensions will likely prevent the Demon from ever challenging the AA class record because the small block and LS engines cannot be built to 500 cubic inches. But there's no need. All of the Speed Demon's lower class records except one already exceed the standing AA record.
The Speed Demon is not an anomaly. Its performance is too consistent to be labeled a lucky shot, yet it flies in the face of convention where all-wheel drive and big block or multi-engine power are thought to enjoy significant advantages. Kenny Duttweiler's thoughtful approach to torque-managed small block power and rear wheel drive may soon deliver the first piston powered 450 mph speed record.