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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Editor & Publisher, Richard Kratz
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Arizona Mopars on Display
Matt Hagan re-wrote the record book twice during qualifying at Heartland Park Topeka for the NHRA Heartland Nationals. Hagan was event low qualifier for the second time this season, turning in a record-shattering pass of 3.802 seconds at an eye-popping 338.85 mph in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T.
Both elapsed time and speed represent new national records in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car class. The top qualifying spot was the 28th of Hagan's career, while the 338-mph speed is the fastest in any category in the sport's history.
"This is as extreme as it gets, man,” said Hagan. “I mean 338 mph and you've got a steering wheel in your lap? That's just craziness. It's not even that it's 330 mph, it's that we're doing it in a thousand feet. It's just insane. There you go for your extreme sports.”
Ron Capps took home the Wally trophy in Funny Car for the 53rd time in his career and fourth race in a row at the NHRA Heartland Nationals, driving his Dodge Charger R/T to the victory over his Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan.
Capps defeated Hagan with a pass of 3.924 seconds at 321.42 mph after a .054-second reaction time. Hagan turned in a pass of 3.985 at 318.92 with a .057 reaction time off the starting line.
Capps’ win, his fourth at the Topeka track, also extends a streak of at least one Mopar HEMI car winning a Nitro category to nine consecutive events, dating all the way back to the season-ending event at Pomona last year. [05/26/17]
VOLUME XII, ISSUE 2 - MAY/JUNE, 2017
Mopar enthusiasts from as far away as Canada, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and Florida took part in the day-long Modern Street Hemi Shootout at Rockingham (NC) Dragway that featured Chrysler Corporation’s full complement of late model street Hemi muscle cars.
Mooresville, North Carolina’s Leon Epling directed his 2015 Dodge Challenger down the Rockingham Dragway quarter mile in 9.570 seconds at more than 150 miles per hour to win the featured High Horsepower Hellcat class. Epling earlier turned the quickest elapsed time ever for a manual Challenger Hellcat at 9.08 seconds.
Jeremy Webb doubled-up at the wheel of his 2009 Jeep at the inaugural Modern Street Hemi Shootout. Webb, from Mohrsville, Pa., won the True Street Performance title and then claimed the King of the Hill championship, collecting $5,000 from Van Drake Racing.
High Horsepower Hellcat: Leon Epling, Mooresville, 2015 Challenger, .296, 9.570, 151.51 mph, def. Jason Epling, Bean Station, Tenn., 2015 Challenger, no time.
ThitekPro (9.50): George Muller, NA, 2007 Jeep, .191, 9.542, 136.93 mph, def. Chris Harrigan, Orlando, Fla., 2006 Dodge Charger, .162, 14.254, 69.39 mph.
True Street Performance (10.50): Jeremy Webb, Mohrsville, Pa., 2009 Jeep, .103, 10.532, 120.43 mph, def. Ron Polidora, Hubert, 2017 Dodge Challenger, .037, 10.654, 130.30 mph.
Legmaker Intakes (11.50): Bill McFadden, Scotch Plains, N.J., 2007 Dodge, .205, 11.851, 100.32 mph, def. Jason Fradenburgh, West End, 2007 Jeep SRT, .516, 11.556, 113.12 mph.
RK Motors (12.50): Gary Rhudy, NA, 2014 Dodge Challenger, .070, 12.564, 111.12 mph, def. Gary Sanders, Eagle Springs, 2017 Dodge Challenger, .004, 12.478 breakout, 97.14 mph.
East Coast Mopars: Jon Dalton, Ashtabula, Ohio, 2014 Dodge Charger, .058, 12.673 on a 12.650, 97.39 mph, def. Ron Polidora, Hubert, .195, 10.732 on a 10.660, 130.02 mph.
King of the Hill: Jeremy Webb, Mohrsville, Pa., 2009 Jeep, .082, 10.567 on a 10.490, 118.85 mph, def. Gary Rhudy, NA, 2014 Dodge Challenger, .131, 13.818 on a 13.780, 102.97 mph.
Demon Performance Super Pro: Todd Barber, Orange, Conn., 2010 Dodge Challenger, .432, 8.985, 156.15 mph, def. Dan Poltkin, Palm City, Fla., 2007 Dodge Charger, .149, 9.582, 112.50 mph.[05/26/17]
Gigi Carleton, Doug Evans, and Barry Meguiar will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame during the SEMA Installation Gala on Friday, July 28, at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, CA.
Ms. Carleton worked side-by-side with Robert E. Petersen and his wife as they created the Petersen publishing empire. Today she serves as the president of the Robert E. Petersen Foundation.
Evans spent more than 30 years as a senior executive at various publishing houses. He currently is the SEMA Chairman of the Board.
Meguiar is the president of the car care company that was founded by his grandfather in 1901. In addition to being one of the earliest exhibitors of the SEMA Show, Meguiar hosts “Car Crazy” TV. [05/26/17]
The Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated this year on July 14. At the request of SEMA, this holiday has been marked each year since 2010 by a U.S. Senate Resolution recognizing that the “collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.”
We should note that the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act still needs to be passed by Congress. Without this protection, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contends it would be illegal to convert a motor vehicle into a dedicated race vehicle if the emissions system is no longer in its original configuration.
This means that old cars could not be converted and the market for aftermarket products would cease. Let your lawmakers know you want this RPM law to pass at www.sema.org/rpm. [05/26/17]
The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has introduced www.fuelcurve.com, a new performance lifestyle website. Fuel Curve is a destination site for performance news and more, blending photos, video and podcasts from America and around the world to give gearheads the information they crave. Whatever “moves the needle” will find a home on its pages. [05/26/17]
Paul Smith was back behind the wheel in Joe Magin's “The Entertainer” Challenger AA/FC at Palm Beach International Raceway for two exhibition runs with Jim Gifford driving Mike Harrigan’s Duster AA/FC.
Smith took it two straight with a shut-off 4.15 in the first round for the eighth mile. The second round saw both cars leave before the tree was activated and no times came up, but Smith said it was better than when he ran 3.90 in the Jungle Vega. [05/26/17]
Hedman Hedders has announced its new 2-inch Long Tube Race Headers for the 2006-2017 SRT8 and the 2009-2017 R/T Dodge Charger, Magnum, Challenger, and Chrysler 300 vehicles. These headers feature full Stainless Steel construction and are designed to deliver maximum exhaust flow and power from a modified HEMI engine. Built in the USA, Hedman’s 2-inch Long Tube Race Headers are constructed with 304 Stainless Steel and feature sturdy 3/8-inch flanges, 2-inch 16-gauge mandrel bent primaries, and 3-inch ball/socket collectors for maximum exhaust flow. Hedman’s long tube headers are designed to fit 2006-2017 SRT8 6.1L and 6.4L and 2009-2017 R/T 5.7L Dodge Charger, Magnum and Challenger and Chrysler 300 vehicles with floor shift automatic and manual transmissions. Independent dyno testing has also demonstrated a 12% increase in horsepower on highly modified vehicles. These headers are available in your choice of either a raw stainless finish (Part Number 72640), silver HTC high-temp ceramic-metallic coating (Part Number 72646), or Black Maxx satin black (Part Number 72643). They come with all necessary mounting hardware, gaskets, and installation instructions. [05/26/17]
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Holley is now able to offer their in-depth, informational Holley EFI training seminars in the western region of the country through EFI University.
Racers, engine builders, tuning shops, and performance enthusiasts don't have to travel to Holley headquarters in Bowling Green, KY, to learn the intricacies of Holley electronic fuel injection. Now, those on the West Coast have a much closer option – EFI University in Lake Havasu, AZ, where they can receive the same software training offered at Holley and learn advanced tuning techniques.
"Holley EFI has experienced tremendous growth over the past five years," Holley’s Robin Lawrence said. "Several years ago, we tapped Tom Kise to lead our on-site training program, and as word spread, classes typically would be booked eight months to a year in advance. A lot of people can't wait that long, and now, with EFI University, they won't have to."
At EFI University, courses are available at three different levels: Introduction to EFI, Advanced EFI Concepts, and High Performance Engine Tuner Certification. [05/26/17]
The Amsoil Engine Masters Challenge Presented by Hot Rod is an elite engine building competition that combines all aspects of engine building and has become the world's largest dyno racing event ever. This is the 16th year of the Engine Masters Challenge, and will take place Oct. 2-6 at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH).
There are three classes of competition, each with their own rules and specific requirements. Vortech Superchargers has been named the exclusive supercharger manufacturer of the 2017 Engine Masters Challenge, and the Vortech V-7 YSi-B centrifugal supercharger will be featured on every engine in the Spec Blower Shootout Class.
The competition level should be extremely high, with engine builders in the class able to select from the GM LS, Ford Modular, and Gen. 3 Chrysler HEMI engines. The other two competing engine classes are the Vintage Class and Traditional Muscle Class, both of which will feature naturally aspirated engines, and each having their own specific rules and requirements.
If you think you have what it takes to compete in the Engine Masters Challenge, click HERE for an application along with this year’s rules and class of engines that will be competing. [05/26/17]