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Two races, two cars, two wins – Jim Pancake is a happy man. Pancake now has a partner for his first Hemi Challenge trophy, won earlier this year at the JEG's NHRA SPORTSnationals in Columbus, Ohio. Driving his new bright yellow 1968 426 Hemi Dodge Dart, Pancake powered to the Hemi Challenge win at the 36th annual Pennsylvania Dutch Classic, held at Maple Grove Raceway on Oct. 19-22.

Pancake triumphed in a highly competitive field of 24 Super Stock/A-Hemi (SS/AH) 1968 Plymouth Barracudas and Dodge Darts, including past Hemi Challenge winners Bucky Hess and Charlie Westcott Jr.

Bucky Hess (shown) qualified in the No. 1 spot with an 8.515/155.17, but was eliminated in the first round by Bob Reed, 9.056/145.42 to Reed’s 8.890/152.30.

Pancake, from Delaware, Ohio, and owner of the Carriage Towne Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership, qualified third in his Dodge Dart, built by John Holt Race Cars and powered by a Mopar Performance Hemi built by Ray Barton. Pancake defeated Mark Howes, Joe Teuton and David Barton to get to the final round.

On the other side of the ladder, Wilkes got past John Baughman and Bob Reed, and then got a bye run in the semi finals.

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