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Daniels Powers to initial NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge Pole during U.S. Nationals

August 29, 2019

, Indianapolis

After creation a fifth-best quarter-mile pass in Wednesday’s opening subordinate event for a 19th annual NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, three-time uninterrupted and reigning champion Jimmy Daniels couldn’t wait to make his second and final subordinate run Thursday afternoon. The 23-year-old motorist delivered a best run of a day powering his Super Stock 1968 Dodge Dart to acquire his initial career No. 1 qualifier position during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis. 

“I didn’t unequivocally consider removing that No. 1 position was unequivocally probable with a warmer continue today,” pronounced a Yardley, Penn. native, who will strive for his record-setting fourth true delight Friday. “We unequivocally worked on it entrance into today. For us to come behind tomorrow and win another Dodge HEMI Challenge, it’s going to take a lot of consistency, a lot of excellent tuning by Ray and Dave Barton and we have to do a good pursuit on a tree.”

Now in a 19th year, a HEMI Challenge contested during a NHRA U.S. Nationals continues to showcase Mopar-powered 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars. Drivers contest for a iconic 42.6-pound NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge prize and $15,000 winner’s purse awarded after Friday’s rejecting rounds.

Daniels hold a fifth position following Wednesday’s initial subordinate event and certified some teenager adjustments were indispensable currently in sequence to explain a tip spot. Daniels was symbol on in a left line Thursday afternoon after clocking a run of 8.473 to corner Wednesday’s provisional stick hilt Steve Comella, who’s run of 8.480 seconds in his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda hold adult for a No. 2 spot. Comella’s 156.68 mph from Wednesday’s subordinate run surfaced a field.

Gary Wolkwitz, final year’s runner-up and No. 2 qualifier, raced his Super Stock 1968 Dodge Dart to a No. 3 position forward of Canadian curtain Wendell Howes while initial 2001 HEMI Challenge leader Bucky Hess finished a top-five in his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda.

Qualifying spots sixth by 10 are Doug Fazzolare, Jim Pancake, Rich Locker, Stephen Hebert and Gus Mantas. 

The margin of HEMI Challenge cars will attend in a march on Friday, Aug 30, before to a first-round eliminations, with a championship final turn slated for Friday evening, usually before 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. 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 competition 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.

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