VOLUME XIII, ISSUE - JAN - FEB, 2018
MoparMax covers all automotive things Mopar. A new issue of MoparMax.com is published on or around the 15th of each month and is updated throughout the month.
CEO, Jeff Burk
Editor & Publisher, Richard Kratz
Managing Editor, COO Kay Burk
Contributing Editor, Chuck Green, Chris Holley, Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong, Mark A. Posner
Contributing Writers, Jim Baker, Steve Magnante, Geoff Stunkard, Matt Strong, Mark A. Posner
Senior Photographer - Ron Lewis
Contributing Photographers - Tim Marshall, Dennis Mothershed
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Beckman takes Charger R/T Funny ...
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Edmunds has named the 2018 Dodge Charger the winner of the Edmunds Best Retained Value® Award for the large car segment.
The 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards recognize new 2018 vehicles and brands with the highest projected residual values after five years. The awards are determined based on the qualifying new models that have the highest projected private-party residual value five years after their launch, expressed as a percentage of their initial True Market Value®.
With the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world to efficient V-6 power and all-wheel-drive capability, the Dodge Charger lineup is designed and engineered to provide the ultimate in high-performance comfort and road-ready confidence as America’s only four-door muscle car. Dodge Charger’s rear-wheel-drive architecture enables a model lineup highlighted by extensive performance-driven powertrains with the latest technology under the hood and behind the wheel – further building on the Dodge brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class power, efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling. [04/26/18]
After forging long-standing partnerships across the European performance and premium automotive market, BILSTEIN continues to expand its sphere of influence to the domestic market, partnering with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and SRT as an OEM supplier of suspension components.
Motorsports and racing provide the proving grounds for technology that ultimately trickle down into shocks that provide performance, safety and comfort to your daily driver. Because BILSTEIN recognizes the importance of this exchange of knowledge, the industry leader has partnered with the innovative and exciting talent at Wesley Motorsports and their aggressive 2018 race calendar.
Competing in illustrious events such as the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), Global Time Attack, and #GRIDLIFE, Kevin Wesley is expected to drive the Hellcat to victory in multiple arenas of competition.
“The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is an amazing platform that handles unbelievably well,” Wesley said. [04/26/18]
Jacob Pitt from Mansfield, Texas, doubled-up this weekend at the NHRA Spring Nationals as he was the Dodge Top Finisher winner in both Stock Eliminator and Super Stock. Competing in two classes, Pitt drove his 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 C/SA (shown) entry to the Stock Eliminator semifinals before a red light foul after leaving the starting line too early ended his march to the final round. In Super Stock, Pitt piloted his FGT/H 2003 Dodge Stratus powered by a Mopar 360 small block to a round-three finish.[04/26/18]
Alan Prusiensky from Rockaway, NJ, is the only racer not driving a Chevrolet in the NHRA Pro Stock class. Unfortunately, at the latest NHRA national event in Houston, TX, he let out the clutch too early on his 2016 Dart powered by a 500 c.i. Dodge engine and turned on the dreaded red light in his first-round match with Jeg Coughlin Jr. [04/26/18]
A trio of Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers went rounds in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Race Series during the NHRA SpringNationals on April 22 at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, near Houston. Leah Pritchett, Jack Beckman and Tony Schumacher took their nitro machines to the semifinals in the ultra-competitive weekend, with Beckman leaving the event atop the NHRA Funny Car standings and Schumacher now tied for first in Top Fuel points.
Defending SpringNationals event winner Pritchett turned heads on Saturday afternoon when the Mopar Dodge dragster rocketed to the top with an impressive 3.680-second pass, which set a track record for a Top Fuel dragster. The team earned their first No. 1 qualifier of the season and was set up for success on race day. Led by crew chief duo Todd Okuhara and Joe Barlam, the team dismissed of Top Fuel newbie Terry Brian in the opening round on Sunday with another sub 3.7-second pass, the lowest elapsed time of the opening round.
In the second round, Pritchett defeated rival Steve Torrence in one of the best side-by-side races of the day. Pritchett got the edge on the starting line and posted a 3.740, 320-mph lap over Torrence’s 3.778-second effort.
For the first time all weekend at the track near Houston, teams faced sunny skies for the semifinal round and Prichett’s dragster hazed the tires in the semifinal race against Terry McMillen. McMillen also struggled down the tricky 1,000-ft course but was able to take the win light.
Funny Car points leader Jack Beckman’s race day started with a pedal-fest against opponent Richard Townsend. Beckman was able to get Terry and Doug Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car to recover quickly and earned the round win. In the quarterfinals, Beckman once again masterfully pedaled his way to victory, and set off the win lights before Del Worsham.
The semifinal matchup found the 2012 Funny Car world champion facing Robert Hight, the reigning world champ. Beckman was first off of the starting line, but his 4.113-second pass was no match for Hight’s 3.959.
Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster team advanced to the semifinals on Sunday in Baytown, Texas as the NHRA began its three-race swing. Schumacher defeated Bill Litton in the opening session with his 3.703-second pass on a tricky race track. In round two, he had the starting line advantage over Clay Millican and powered the Army dragster to a 3.737-second winning pass.
In the semifinals, Schumacher went into tire smoke for the first time during the weekend and coasted to a 5.074 as Brittany Force got the round win with her 3.766-second run. The Army team will leave Baytown tied for the Top Fuel points lead with Steve Torrence.
Matt Hagan’s first trip to the winner’s circle came during the 2010 Houston race. His attempt to add a 2018 NHRA SpringNationals Wally to his trophy collection started with a tough draw, his DSR teammate, Mopar-powered driver Ron Capps. Hagan and Capps charged hard out of the gate, with Capps pulling away first in the battle of DSR Dodge race cars. Both vehicles were neck-and-neck until about the 650-ft. mark, when Hagan was able to motor down the track and score the win when Capps’ car went silent near halftrack.
In the quarterfinals, Hagan squared off against Tim Wilkerson. Both drivers had nearly identical reaction times and the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil Dodge was even with Wilkerson’s machine until about 330-feet when dropped cylinders caused Hagan to slow and his opponent was able to pull away for the win. Hagan moved up to second in NHRA Funny Car points heading to Charlotte’s 4-Wide race next weekend.
Tommy Johnson Jr.’s first round loss against opponent J.R. Todd was the ultimate example of ‘wrong place at the wrong time.’ Johnson, who was previously 3-0 against Todd, charged out of the gate with all candles lit. Both Johnson and Todd were straight down the groove in an exciting side-by-side race. Unfortunately for Johnson, Todd edged past and was able to take the win with his 3.955-second pass vs. Johnson’s 3.989. [04/26/18]
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