Record-tying 30-car Field Set to Battle for NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge Title during U.S. Nationals

Posted on 24. Aug, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

August 23, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

A record-tying 30 drivers hailing from 17 states will accumulate during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis on Aug 30-31 to quarrel it out in a NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, hold during a ancestral NHRA U.S. Nationals, Aug 29 – Sep 3. The victor’s Wally prize will have even some-more of a “golden” dash this year, as 2018 also outlines a 50th anniversary jubilee of a Mopar-powered 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that foe in a fan-favorite event.
The stream margin of entries, relating a largest in a event’s 18-year history, will duke it out for a iconic, 42.6-lb NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy, combined as a callout to a 426 HEMI engine, and a $15,000 winner’s purse. Three returning Indy HEMI Challenge champions will be among those opposed for a win in a initial eventuality with Dodge as pretension sponsor, including two-time and fortifying champion James Daniels in his Dodge Dart, 2015 leader and Plymouth ‘Cuda commander Lloyd Wofford and initial 2001 HEMI Challenge foe leader Bucky Hess.
Also fasten a 22-year-old Daniels in a brew for a 2018 pretension will be final year’s runner-up and New Brunswick, Canada, local Wendell Howes, one of 3 Canadian competitors who will run during Indy. Stephen Hebert, runner-up in 2016, will lead a organisation of 5 drivers with Louisiana roots, a largest audience from a singular state, followed by 3 member any from Pennsylvania and Ohio. The “Fish” cars will have numbers on their side: 21 Plymouth ‘Cudas will block off with 9 Dodge Dart entries.
All NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge competitors will be parked together in a Lucas Oil Raceway array area. All drivers finishing in a tip 16 will accept money rewards. A march of HEMI Challenge cars will take place Friday morning, Aug 31, before eliminations commence, with a final turn to climax a 2018 champion scheduled for primary time on Friday night, usually before to NHRA Nitro qualifying.
The NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge showcases Super Stock/A-HEMI (SS/AH) NHRA Sportsman category competitors battling on a quarter-mile in 1968 Mopar “package” cars, powered by a mythological 426 HEMI engine, nicknamed a “Elephant” engine for a distance and power. The Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stockers are one of a beginning and many iconic iterations of a purpose-built vehicles combined during a factory. The cars underline graphic foe “packages” and are for use usually on a drag strip. The Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracudas are precursors to a modern-day package automobile — a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.
Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak drivers aim to say Factory Stock Showdown dominance
Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak drivers will see their initial NHRA Factory Stock Showdown foe given a historically widespread opening during a NHRA Norwalk, Ohio, eventuality in late June, in that Drag Pak racers swept a tip 4 subordinate spots and claimed feat in a first-ever all-Mopar Dodge Factory Stock final round.

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak drivers Mark Pawuk, runner-up during Norwalk, and Leah Pritchett, who will again lift double-duty in Top Fuel and Factory Stock, are seeking their initial category wins. Joe Welch, owners of back-to-back Factory Stock wins, will go for 3 in a quarrel during Indy. Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson raced to a quarterfinals during Norwalk, his best tour given his transition to Factory Stock, and will demeanour to allege deeper in a field. Geoff Turk done story in his Drag Pak progressing this year by apropos a initial motorist to mangle into a seven-second operation in a Factory Stock automobile and will also lapse to movement during a U.S. Nationals.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Nitro drivers manoeuvre for Countdown to a Championship playoff positioning
Heading into a U.S. Nationals, a final eventuality before to a start of a six-race NHRA Countdown a Championship, all 6 of a DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT teams in NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel are sealed into top-10 playoff berths, with usually their final positions left to be determined.

Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Matt Hagan, a 2016 Indy winner, and Infinite Hero Dodge commander Jack Beckman, a 2015 champion, have eyes on visiting winner’s round for a second time during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis. Their DSR Funny Car teammates Ron Capps, runner-up final year, and Tommy Johnson Jr. are acid for their initial victories during a venue. Also anticipating to close down that initial Indy Wally prize is Mopar Dodge Top Fuel motorist Leah Pritchett, while her teammate Tony Schumacher aims to supplement to his record 10 U.S. Nationals eventuality wins.

Five rounds of NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel subordinate will take place Aug 31 – Sep 2, with rejecting rounds set for Labor Day Monday, Sep 3.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Simulator “Drag Strip Showdown” to continue in Indy
Visitors to a Mopar Dodge//SRT fan arrangement during a U.S. Nationals can try their fitness during a “Drag Strip Showdown,” a head-to-head foe in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators. The foe runs by Nov 11, and will send a tip 4 drivers with a best foe times on a outing to a Dodge//SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School nearby Phoenix. Winners will be interconnected with possibly Mopar Dodge NHRA racers Leah Pritchett or Matt Hagan for a final foe that will take place during Bondurant in a tangible 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon automobile – a many absolute flesh automobile ever.

The “Drag Strip Showdown” includes stops during Dodge-sponsored NHRA races via a country, as good as during a Mopar vaunt during a 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) uncover in Las Vegas, set for Oct 30 – Nov 2. Two additional winners will be incidentally comparison by entering a “Drag Strip Showdown” online sweepstakes member of a graduation during Dodge Garage, that also facilities a stream leaderboard of a top-four drivers in a contest.

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a finish lineup of opening vehicles that mount out in their possess segments. Dodge is America’s mainstream opening code 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 code in 1914. Their change continues today. New for 2019, a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is hexed by a Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine creates it a many powerful, quickest and fastest flesh automobile reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds and a fastest GT prolongation automobile with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds during 131 mph. It also reaches a new tip speed of 203 mph. Joining a Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with a some-more absolute 717-horsepower engine, a Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, that facilities buffer flares from a SRT Hellcat Widebody and adds 3.5 inches of breadth to Scat Pack’s footprint, as good as and a new Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. Infused with disdainful drag frame record from a iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal flesh automobile and a vacant board for a critical grassroots drag racer.  The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, many absolute and many able three-row SUV with a best-in-class draw rating of 8,700 lbs. fills out a brands’ opening lineup. These abdominal opening models join a 2019 code lineup that includes a Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a salon that offers opening during each cost point.
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.

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