Date published: May 28, 2010
Journal code: NDRG
Mopar has renewed its agreement with NHRA to support the Mopar Hemi Challenge Race Series, an extremely popular three-event schedule that showcases the world's fastest Super Stock race cars.
The Mopar Hemi Challenge Race Series will open at the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., June 18-20 before heading to the marquee 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, Sept. 1-6. The Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas that are most associated with the series will compete for the lucrative $10,000 winner's purse at the world's most prestigious drag race Labor Day weekend.
The Mopar Hemi Challenge Series will conclude at the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, Sept. 24-26, at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio. The event winners of the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion and JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals will earn $5,000 apiece.
"The Mopar Hemi Challenge Race Series brings together the best SS/AA Hemi cars from all over the country to compete against each other in a program that continues to grow in popularity," said NHRA Director of Field Marketing and Contingency Program Eric Lotz. "The $10,000 Hemi Challenge race at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals has grown into an annual must-see event for all Sportsman enthusiasts."
All three Mopar Hemi Challenge races will be stand-alone events.
Drivers expected to compete in the Mopar Hemi Challenge Series this season include past winners Bucky Hess and Charlie Westcott Jr., along with Jim Daniels, Joe Teuton Jr., David Barton, Darrell Marvel, and Fred Henson.
"The Mopar Hemi Challenge is for the weekend drag racers who are the core of the series," said Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care, Chrysler Group LLC President and CEO Pietro Gorlier. "These dedicated racers who compete in the Mopar Hemi Challenge buy Mopar parts from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, or Ram dealerships and pour money, time, and sweat into their Mopar Hemi-powered race cars. They are great examples of the passion for the Mopar brand that exists in the drag racing community."