Mopar HEMI Challenge Race Series to Debut at NHRA US Nationals

Chrysler's Mopar parts division announced this week that the 800 horsepower monsters 1968 Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas will attend, for the 40th time, the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) US Nationals, set to debut at Mac Tools US Nationals in Indianapolis, starting September 2. Following this event, the series will take to JEGS Northern Sports nationals in Columbus, Ohio (September 25) and finally reach the Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, on October 22.

The Mopar HEMI Challenge illustrates the amazing dedication of the grassroots racers who are the core of the series,” Jim Sassorossi, Mopar Global Parts sales and marketing director said in a release. “The dedicated racers who compete in the Mopar HEMI Challenge buy parts from a Dodge, Chrysler or Jeep dealership and pour money, time and sweat into
their Mopar HEMI-powered race cars. They are great examples of the passion that exists in the drag racing community for the Mopar brand.”

For the event, the expected drivers and teams include 2008 HEMI Challenge series champion Charlie Westcott Jr. and his father, Charlie Westcott Sr, third-place finisher John Raines, as well as Jim Daniels, winner of the final 2008 Mopar HEMI Challenge event at Maple Grove Raceway. Bucky Hess, Larry Woo, Joe Teuton Jr., Rick Houser, Darrell Marvel, and Fred Henson will also attend the race.

Charlie Westcott Jr. will replace the 1968 “Warfish” Barracuda which he used in the 2008 series with a newly-built 1968 Plymouth Barracuda. If he manages to win at Mac Tools, he will go home with $10,000, while the winners of the other two events will go away with $5,000.
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