HEMI Challenge Notebook

Westcott Jr takes U.S. Nationals Mopar HEMI Challenge

Words by Darren Jacobs and Darr Hawthorne
Photos by Chris Haverly

Michigan native Charlie Westcott Jr. took his 1968 “Warfish” Plymouth Barracuda all the way to the bank on Friday at the 12th Annual Mopar HEMI Challenge during the NHRA U.S. Nationals.  Westcott Jr defeated Jim Daniels in his ‘68 Dart for his second straight sweep at the Indianapolis Mopar HEMI Challenge, seizing his fifth overall victory at Indy, grabbing bragging rights and pocketing the $15,000 cash from Mopar.

An impressive field of 23 Hemi-powered Super Stock A/HEMI ‘68 Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas battled it out at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indy. Westcott Jr. paced qualifying with an incredible 8.386 ET in his Cuda.

Second was Pennsylvania’s Jim Daniels (pictured) in his ‘68 Dart with an 8.458 mark, followed by Charlie Westcott Sr., taking third at an 8.488 ET in his ’68 ‘Cuda.