NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge during U.S. Nationals to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Mopar-powered 1968 Super Stock Cars

Posted on 27. Apr, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

April 26, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Dodge code announced pretension sponsorship of a NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, returning a fan-favorite eventuality to a prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals for a 18th uninterrupted year. The 2018 NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, scheduled to take place Aug 30-31 during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis, will also applaud a 50th anniversary of a Mopar-powered 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that contest head-to-head in a event.

The proclamation arrives on Apr 26 — a date (4/26) distinguished by Dodge and Mopar enthusiasts as HEMI Day in respect of a ancestral 426 HEMI engine that powers a classical Super Stock cars, as good as all stream NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel machines. A special HEMI Day jubilee video can be noticed during Dodge Garage.

The NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge showcases Super Stock/A-HEMI (SS/AH) NHRA Sportsman category competitors battling on a quarter-mile in 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda machines. The mythological 1968 Mopar “package” cars — so named since they were purpose built as a graphic “package” for use only on a drag frame — offer as precursors to a modern-day package car, a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.

“The Dodge code is unapproachable to offer as pretension unite of a NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, an eventuality that spotlights a bequest and energy of a 426 HEMI engine,” pronounced Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “This year outlines a 50th anniversary of a Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that debuted behind in 1968 and are still competing today, that creates a support of this book of a HEMI Challenge additional special.”

On a line will be bragging rights and a singular 42.6-lb NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy, combined as a callout to a 426 HEMI engine. All 16 drivers to strech a rejecting rounds will accept money rewards, including a ultimate esteem of a $15,000 winner’s purse.

“The Dodge HEMI Challenge is one of a many hotly contested events for a Sportsman racers during a season,” pronounced Brad Gerber, NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “The seductiveness Dodge has in this module is severely appreciated by a competitors.”

Dodge in NHRA
In further to a NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, a code also recognizes dedicated and ardent Sportsman racers by a Dodge Top Finisher award, initial introduced in 2017. The endowment includes a $500 prerogative to a Stock and Super Stock competitors who allege a farthest during all 24 inhabitant events behind a circle of a Mopar-powered vehicle. 

“At any inhabitant event, a Mopar-powered racers are keenly wakeful of a reward presented by Dodge,” pronounced Graham Light, NHRA Senior Vice President, Racing Operations. “In a second year of this program, a advantages have been felt by those racing in a dual categories.”

Earlier this year, Dodge also announced title sponsorship of a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, scheduled for Jul 20–22 during Bandimere Speedway nearby Denver. This year will also symbol a third uninterrupted in that Dodge will offer as a pretension unite of a Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania, that runs Sep 13-16.
The supercharged partnership of Dodge and Mopar in NHRA also includes increasing sponsorship of Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel dragster, stability support as primary unite of Matt Hagan’s Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car and a new 4,800-square-foot vaunt that combines a brands’ rigs to form one of a largest displays on a NHRA Manufacturers Midway.

NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge: Roster of Champions
The initial Mopar HEMI Challenge was won by Bucky Hess during Indianapolis in 2001. Richard Beshore claimed a tip esteem a following year, Jerry Jenkins took a feat in 2003 and Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. triumphed in 2004. In 2005, Charlie Westcott Jr. of Parma, Michigan, began a run of 6 career Mopar HEMI Challenge wins (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014).

His strain of victories was interrupted by Rick Houser in 2007 and 2013; his father Charlie Westcott Sr. in 2009; and Jim Daniels, who took bragging rights in 2010. Lloyd Wofford claimed feat in 2015 during a 15th anniversary event. Jim Daniels’ son, Jimmy Daniels, is a fortifying champ, with back-to-back victories in 2016 and 2017 during a event.

Dodge Garage: New Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
Fans now have a new one-stop end for Mopar and Dodge drag racing news. Dodge Garage is a digital calm heart and premier end for drag racing and flesh automobile enthusiasts.

Fans can perspective daily updates and get entrance to an online racing HQ filled with news, eventuality information, galleries, accessible downloads, sell and disdainful calm during Dodge Garage .

About Mopar
Mopar (a elementary contraction of a difference MOtor and PARts) is a service, tools and customer-care code for FCA vehicles around a globe. Born in 1937 as a name of a line of antifreeze products, a Mopar code has developed over some-more than 80 years to paint both finish caring and authentic opening for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar done a symbol in a 1960s during a muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to raise speed and doing for both highway and racing use, and stretched to embody technical use and patron support. Today, a Mopar brand’s tellurian strech distributes some-more than 500,000 tools and accessories in over 150 markets around a world. With some-more than 50 tools placement centers and 25 patron hit centers globally, Mopar integrates service, tools and customer-care operations in sequence to raise patron and play support worldwide.

Mopar is a source for genuine tools and accessories for all FCA US LLC automobile brands. Mopar tools are engineered together with a same teams that emanate factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, charity a approach tie that no other aftermarket tools association can provide. Complete information on a Mopar code is accessible at www.mopar.com.
About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a finish lineup of opening vehicles that mount out in their possess segments. Dodge is FCA North America’s mainstream opening brand, and SRT is positioned as a ultimate opening halo of a Dodge brand, together formulating a finish and offset opening code with one prophesy and one voice.
For some-more than 100 years, a Dodge code has carried on a suggestion of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded a association in 1914. Their change continues today. New for 2018, a 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a fastest quarter-mile prolongation automobile in a universe and many absolute flesh automobile ever, is holding a universe by storm, along with a new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, many absolute and many able three-row SUV, and a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. These new SRT ultimate opening models join a code lineup that includes a Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including a 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat and a Charger SRT Hellcat, a quickest, fastest and many absolute sedan in a world.
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