VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 2 - MAY- JUNE, 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.
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Capps gets 300th win for Don ...
It was a Father’s Day to remember for Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers ...
Barnett resets leaf-spring E.T. records
Lyle Barnett, who's been resetting his own leaf-spring Elapsed Time records ...
Meet Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong ...
Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong of Mopar Max’s drag racing team will appear along ...
Lyle Barnett, who's been resetting his own leaf-spring Elapsed Time records from the time he took the wheel of dentist Jason Digby's Holley EFI-powered '69 "Tooth Jerker" Dart, just lowered it again. Barnett, who came back from life-threatening injuries in an October 2015 fire at South Georgia Motorsports Park, ripped off an amazing 4.139 at the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion V showdown at Beech Bend Raceway Park.
"When I got back in the car in October 2016, the quickest it had ever gone was a 4.41," said the 27-year-old Limited Drag Radial star from Robbins, N.C. "Early last year, we ran a 4.31 at Darlington to unofficially break the record, then a 4.27 at Bradenton to make it official. At Lights Out 8 at South Georgia we ran a 4.24 and won the race, then made the first run in the 'teens,' a 4.19, in qualifying at Memphis and ran a 4.18 in eliminations – that was the record until we got to Bowling Green."
Power for the record-breaking runs comes from a Pete Harrell-built 547 cubic-inch big-block Chrysler with a complete Holley Dominator EFI system and a set of Holley Smart Coils. "Once you get that Holley EFI set, it's just dead-on," Barnett said. "You don't have to mess with it any more. From the time we started running it, we've had no problems with it, and I mean zero."
At OSCR at Beech Bend, just minutes from Holley headquarters in Bowling Green, Ky., Barnett and crew had to rally back from a huge explosion in pre-event testing. The car broke the tires loose off the line, over-revved, and sent more than 50 pounds of boost through the intake. Holley technicians stepped in to help with the machine work, and, believe it or not, .051-inch piano wire from a local piano repair shop was used for O-ring material and sealed the combustion chambers on one side on the barrier-breaking run.
"The guys from Holley really stepped up to help," Barnett said. "I mean, it was all hands on deck. Who would have ever thought that piano wire would actually work? We kept throwing power at it, and it just kept running faster every time – 4.20, 4.17, and then the 4.13 in the first round of eliminations, all right in a row, back to back to back. In the second round, we lost the cam signal and the motor shut itself off and put us out of the race. If that hadn't happened, we would have won the round and maybe the race. A Holley crank trigger and Holley Hall Effect cam sync will be on there the next time this car goes out, and we won't have that problem again. We're really just getting started, as far as I'm concerned. We're nowhere near how fast this car is eventually going to run." [05/25/18]
Three talented high school students from Miami, Florida, and Buffalo, New York, have earned top honors in the 2018 Drive for Design contest, sponsored by the FCA US Product Design Office. The contest, in its sixth year, challenged U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Jeep® Wrangler for the year 2030. The FCA design team partnered with EyesOn Design and Lawrence Technological University for this year's contest.
The three student winners are:
First place: Eduard Cret, Design and Architecture Senior High (Miami, FL)
Second place: Emily Bryson, Design and Architecture Senior High (Miami, FL)
Third place: Jinho So, Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
Launched in 2013, the FCA US Product Design Office created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Starting locally in Detroit, Drive for Design has grown to become a national contest that has awarded talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to help further develop their design skills.
A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, a not-for-profit corporation, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO’s research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System. [05/25/18]
Nancy Gennarelli drove her 840 horsepower 2018 Dodge Demon through the quarter mile in a jaw-dropping 9.907 seconds Saturday, May 5, to turn back Georgia’s Tim Godbee and win the Demon Invitational portion of Rockingham Dragway’s Whipple Superchargers Modern Street Hemi Shootout.
Mopar racers from 17 states and Canada participated but Bill McFadden of Scotch Plains, NJ, was the only one who left with multiple trophies. McFadden drove his 2007 Dodge Magnum past the Dodge Charger of Chris Dufresne of Pomfret, MD, to win the King of the Hill title and then beat Raymond Minich of Doylestown, PA, to win the Mopar Dial-In class. Dufresne would come back to win the 10.50 Index class.
Demon Invitational: Nancy Gennarelli, Gates, NC, .241 RT, 9.907, 137.26 mph, def. Tim Godbee, Guyton, GA, .161 RT, 10.137, 135.13 mph.
Demon Performance: Harrison Zauke, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 2007 Jeep, .040, 8.348, 164.81, def. Todd Barber, Orange, CT, 2010 Challenger, .018, 8.356, 165.44
King of the Hill: Bill McFadden, Scotch Plains, NJ, 2007 Magnum, .125, 11.929 on an 11.400, 86.27 mph, def. Chris Dufresne, Pomfret, MD, 2016 Charger, .169 19.718 on a 10.520, no speed recorded.
Mopars Dial-in: Bill McFadden, Scotch Plains, NJ, 2007 Magnum, .020, 11.555 on an 11.400, 103.54 mph, def. Raymond Minich, Doylestown, PA, 2016 Challenger, .353, 12.205 breakout on a 12.270, 112.29 mph.
9.50 Index: Brian Brunt, Wixom, MI, 2007 Jeep, .077, 9.548, 135.47 mph, def. Jon Deter, Shrewsbury, MA, 2008 Jeep, .050, 9.607, 143.72 mph.
10.00 Index: Don Keller, .193, 10.081, 124.90 mph, def. Unknown #457, .294, 10.181, 139.67 mph.
10.50 Index: Chris Dufresne, Pomfret, MD, 2016 Charger, .009, 10.637, 120.85 mph, def. Justin Skudder, Plainview, NY, 2006 Charger, .048, 10.621, 120.38 mph.
11.50 Index: Delano McFarlane, Fayetteville, NC, 2015 Challenger def. Nick Billet, NA, 2016 Hellcat – no times available
12.50 Index: Gary Sanders, Eagle Springs, NC, 2017 Charger, .093, 12.275, 100.88 def. Mike Waiwood, Parma Heights, OH, 2015 Challenger, .054, 12.223, 103.25
Rookie: Edward Peraza, Edgewood, MD, 2015 Challenger, .503, 13.778 on a 13.050 dial, 83.03 mph, def. Brian Carbonaco, Seagrove, NC, 2017 Charger, .514, 14.370 on a 12.500 dial, 88.63 mph
“It was a great weekend,” said track owner Steve Earwood. Event promoter Dan Van Horn attracted some of the fastest street Hemi’s in the country. Brandon and Sunny Mass and the Mass Traction crew did an outstanding job keeping the track in optimum condition to get these high-horsepower cars down the track. The Rockingham crew and I are already looking forward to next year’s event.” [05/25/18]
Steve Best (left) and Bill Lee Jr. drove the 2018 Dodge Demon and 2018 Jeep Track Hawk at Bowling Green.
The 17th annual National Muscle Car Association’s Bluegrass Nationals were held at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY, over May 18-20. in the Dodge//Mopar Hemi Shootout, Steve Best’s ’18 Dodge Demon was devilishly quick when it was the only car in the 10-second zone and averaged 10.442-seconds in the quarter-mile for the big win.
J. Orrand’s ’16 Hellcat was crowned the runner-up as it averaged 11.209 seconds, Jenny McClain went home a winner for the 11-second bunch, Trenton Smith won the 12-second honors, Travis McKenne won for the 13-second drivers, Michael Oellrich walked away on top for the 14-second group a and Don Fielder finished the weekend on a high note in the 15-second pack.[05/25/18]
The Mopar Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Center Line, Michigan, earned Bronze status in FCA’s World Class Logistics (WCL) methodology, making it the first FCA distribution unit in North America to reach an award level in the program.
Similar to the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodology, WCL empowers distribution operations through FCA US LLC to systematically reduce waste and improve quality by focusing on 10 technical and 10 managerial key pillars.
The Center Line PDC, located in Metro Detroit, earned its Bronze status during a recent two-day audit. Dr. Luciano Massone, lead auditor and former president of the World Class Manufacturing Association, along with WCL auditor John Weist, commended Center Line for its workplace and logistics integration to improve productivity. The auditors also recognized the achievements in safety and quality, as well as the overall approach toward the development of cost-effective parts distribution processes.
Center Line shipped close to 72 million parts last year and is one of more than 50 Mopar PDCs around the world, with 23 located in North America. [05/25/18]
Dodge is expanding its police vehicle lineup, adding a new Pursuit version of its Dodge Durango.
“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “The Dodge Durango is already known as the Charger of SUVs, so it is only natural that the new Durango Pursuit complements the Charger Pursuit in police fleets across the country.”
The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is powered by the legendary 5.7L HEMI® V-8, coupled with a full-time, active all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. This is the same powertrain combination most commonly deployed in the Dodge Charger Pursuit, the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. market. The Durango Pursuit also offers a two-speed transfer case for true low-range off-road capability and incorporates larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes that deliver a 60-0 mile per hour (mph) stopping distance of 134 feet. [05/25/18]
New agency Reuters reports that the France family, the majority owners of NASCAR, are exploring options related to the sale of the stock car racing series. The family is said to be working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to identify a potential sale of their majority stake in NASCAR.
NASCAR President Brent Dewar has released a memo obtained by AP stating that there would be no comment on “industry rumors” and the France family “remains dedicated to the long term growth of our sport.” [05/25/18]
Some days are better than others and Pro Mod racer Pete Farber can say he had a string of bad ones trying to race at Houston in the NHRA SpringNationals.
While testing his supercharged CRC Automotive Brākleen ’69 Dodge Daytona on Wednesday prior to the race, Farber was on a 5.70-second pass when things went awry. His engine let go during the run and not only sprayed his windshield with aluminum, but grenaded his engine in the process and completely destroyed the power plant.
The team quickly got to work pulling the damaged engine and replacing it with a spare. Back in action the following day for more testing, the car continued its carnage and chewed up a transmission as well.
Refusing to quit, Farber and his crew made the necessary repairs and were ready for the call to start the first round of NHRA Pro Mod qualifying when the main event began on Friday evening. Trouble tends to happen in threes, though, and the Daytona had trouble at before staging and had to be pushed off the starting line during the first session.
Later that evening, though, Farber was able to make a run and started the pass off perfectly. Towards the top end, his car started to drift out of the groove and got close to the wall so Farber smartly chose to click it off, going 6.090 at 190.19 mph to provisionally rank twenty-fourth.
Qualifying resumed on Saturday afternoon, and Farber had a great third hit. Running his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend, Farber’s 5.894 at 242.54 mph trip moved him up into twenty-first. He followed up the performance with a 5.912 at 238.43 mph blast in the fourth and final qualifying session to finish twenty-second overall, just a 0.063 seconds shy of making it into the big show. [05/25/18]
General Motors and Volvo have partnered with Amazon to offer customers in-vehicle delivery of packages in the United States. The service became available for both automakers’ vehicles beginning Tuesday, April 24, in 37 cities with plans to expand the service coast to coast.
Packages can be delivered to a location registered by the customer. With Amazon Key In-Car Delivery, packages can be delivered to a vehicle when it’s parked in a publicly accessible area, such as on the street in front of an apartment building, at a workplace surface parking lot or in a home driveway. Delivery is available on tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com and works with Same Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping.
The service is available on more than 7 million 2015 model year or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles for GM. It comes free for Amazon Prime members with an active OnStar account.
Volvo has offered in-car delivery in Europe as part of its Volvo On Call app since 2015. The service is available in Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. [05/25/18]
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