VOLUME XIV,  ISSUE 2 - MARCH - APRIL  2019

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Mantel adds Fire Truck to ‘Little Red Wagon’ stable

The “Little Red Wagon” wheelstander was most famously driven by Bill “Maverick” Golden until 2003. Stunt driver Mike Mantel purchased the original vehicle shortly after Golden passed away in 2015 and has been displaying it at events.

 

Mantel, who recently brought out a new “Hemi Under Glass” 1968 Barracuda, has finished construction on a new Little Red Wagon truck that will tour with the original, along with the Little Red Fire Truck wheelstander, a Hemi-powered Ram. Mantel is the only person to drive both the “Little Red Wagon” and the “Hemi Under Glass.”  [04/26/19]

Rain shortens Mopar event at Rockingham

Dave Crosswhite won a family feud Saturday, Apr. 20, to claim the Bob Reed Memorial Hemi Shootout title before rain forced cancelation of the final rounds of racing in the 28th annual Griffin Motors Mopars at the Rock all-Chrysler drag race and car show at Rockingham Dragway.

 

Crosswhite used the 572-inch aluminum hemi in his 1968 Dodge Dart to turn back brother Tank Crosswhite’s 1964 Dodge Coronet in a showdown on The Rock’s eighth-mile course. The winner stopped the timers in 5.520 seconds at 126.42 mph.

 

Because of the weather, money posted in the other racing categories was split among those still active when the rains came. In the Challenger Shootout that included Eric and Stephanie Wallace of Union Grove. Eric also still was in contention in the Trophy Class when officials were forced to suspend competition.

 

See all the results at here[04/26/19]

Racers meet with lawmakers in DC

Representatives from the National Motorsports Coalition met with Members of Congress to highlight the impact of motorsports throughout the U.S. and to encourage support for the Motorsports Fairness and Permanency Act.

 

Several representatives from various auto racing bodies met in Washington D.C. with congressional offices representing racing communities all around the country. The National Motorsports Coalition urged congress to take action to ensure the motorsports industry has the tax certainty it needs to continue making long-term investments in their facilities.

 

Several drivers joined the National Motorsports Coalition in visiting with a group of nearly 200 Congressional members and their staff, including: Trent Hindman (IMSA); Mario Andretti (IndyCar); Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano (NASCAR); and Tracey Gardiner and Samantha Tan (USAC). Guests heard remarks from ACCUS President George Silbermann and Representatives Mike Thompson, Bill Posey and Richard Hudson. Other special guests included representation from Speedway Motorsports, Inc., and Iowa Speedway.

 

With motorsports having a presence in nearly every state across the country, Representatives Bill Posey and Mike Thompson recently launched the Congressional Motorsports Caucus (CMC), whose members include more than 50 members of Congress. CMC, with The National Motorsports Coalition, will continue to work closely with industry stakeholders and Congressional leaders to advocate for issues in the best interests of the motorsports industry.   [04/26/19]

New name for Gateway facility

It’s been called many things over the years, but now the Madison, IL, race facility just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis will be known as World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. With the long-term naming rights agreement WWT, a technology solution provider, also becomes the official technology partner of the track and will use the venue to advance development programs for the company and its community outreach initiatives.

 

 

The multi-faceted racing venue serves as home to NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region, where World Wide Technology (www.wwt.com) is headquartered. The facility includes a quarter-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, state-of-the-art karting facility, and a 14-acre multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.     [04/26/19]

‘Angry Bee’ OK’d for NHRA competition

The drag-oriented, street-legal 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is now NHRA approved. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 was recently given the green light to be modified for competition in NHRA Stock and Super Stock Sportsman class competition for the 2019 season.

 

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is powered by the 392 HEMI® V-8 engine that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. With a quarter-mile elapsed time (E.T.) of 11.70 seconds at 115 mph, the showroom-stock Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car available.

 

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 can be modified for competition in NHRA according to Stock and Super Stock class rules. The vehicle will feature a class weight break of 8.72 and carry a minimum weight of 3,400 lbs. Contestants intending to compete at an NHRA event must meet any and all rules and regulations for the category they intend to enter.

A new “Angry Bee” interpretation of the legendary Dodge Super Bee logo marks the vehicle’s front fenders, instrument panel, headlamps, instrument gauge cluster startup splash screen and key fob.

 

Owners of the new cars will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the NHRA and the NMCA for the 2019 season, courtesy of Dodge.  [04/26/19]

Runner-up finish for Hagan at Mopar-sponsored NHRA SpringNationals

Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver Matt Hagan was shooting for the perfect outcome during the April 12-14 32nd Annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil. The two-time Funny Car world champion raced his Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat into Sunday’s final at Houston Raceway Park Powered by Pennzoil, but came up just short of scoring the victory.

 

Hagan was the highest finisher among six Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars in Sunday’s field. Ron Capps reached the semifinal while Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson, Jr., Cruz Pedregon, and Jim Campbell were unable to advance past round one. Leah Pritchett drove the HEMI-powered Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster into the second round.

 

Hagan and his Pennzoil team, led by crew chief Dickie Venables, had a solid beginning to the weekend with four consistent qualifying runs Friday and Saturday, earning the No. 6 spot in Sunday’s elimination ladder.

 

Up first on Sunday was a matchup with fellow Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driver Tommy Johnson, Jr. Hagan’s lap of 3.946 seconds knocked out Johnson and advanced the 2010 SpringNationals winner into the second round. Hagan dismissed Blake Alexander with another consistent run of 3.948 to setup a semifinal showdown with another DSR teammate, Ron Capps. Hagan legged his way to a victory over Capps after losing traction near halftrack, ultimately crossing the finish line with a run of 4.613 to reach his 56th career final and first in Houston since 2010, when he won his first career Funny Car Wally.

 

In the final, Hagan lost the starting line advantage to Robert Hight, a .076 reaction time to a .056, and was never able to catch up. His run of 3.966 trailed Hight’s winning pass of 3.941. The run to the final moved Hagan from fifth to second in the championship standings through five of 24 events.

Capps, a four-time Houston winner, qualified second and defeated a tire-smoking Jeff Diehl in the first round with a pass of 3.950 seconds and then navigated his way into his first semifinal of the season by defeating Shawn Langdon with a 3.939-second lap. His quest for a fifth Houston triumph ended when his machine gave way to tire smoke at the hit of the throttle and he was unable to catch Hagan. Capps leaves Houston tied for seventh in the Funny Car rankings.

Despite Sunday’s first-round loss to Bob Tasca III, the weekend was a huge success for Beckman thanks to Doug Chandler, husband of the late Terry Chandler, who elected to banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the side of Beckman’s Hellcat in honor of his wife. Before Sunday’s elimination rounds got underway, Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to Bobby Dean, Executive Director of Philanthropic Resources for MD Anderson, on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation.

 

Following a runner-up finish in Las Vegas last Sunday, Tommy Johnson, Jr. felt like his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car was on the verge of breaking through this weekend in Houston. After qualifying 11th, he faced his DSR teammate Hagan in the round one. Johnson had a slight starting line advantage, but he lost traction shortly thereafter, allowing Hagan to drive away for the victory. Johnson’s run of 4.807 seconds at 166.87 resulted in his first opening-round loss of 2019. Johnson leaves Houston sixth in the point standings.   [04/26/19]

Pedregon returns to tuning; still hoping car will gain momentum

Cruz Pedregon and team headed to the Lone Star State with the momentum of five very consistent runs and some personal successes aced in Las Vegas the previous weekend.

 

"Now that I'm back as the tuner, it felt so great to have hit that 3.91 run. That’s the quickest run of my tuning career," Pedregon said. "We're all holding our heads high, and we're excited to get to Houston Raceway to keep the positive energy moving forward with this Snap-on Dodge."

 

"We had the quickest quad of cars, and we could have taken 11 other cars on race day. So, we're feeling good about the way things are coming together for the car and the team" said crew chief Glenn Huszar.

 

Unfortunately, the team, which had qualified in the No. 7 spot, lost in the first round on April 14 to Shawn Langdon when Pedregon’s car lost a cylinder and then started to lose traction. [04/26/19]

Dodge salutes armed forces with ‘Stars & Stripes’ editions

Dodge is celebrating the men and women of the U.S. armed forces by introducing the Stars & Stripes Edition on select Challenger and Charger models.

 

On display at the New York International Auto Show, the Stars & Stripes Edition is available on Challenger and Charger models and features a unique Satin Black and Silver accent center stripe, Satin Black American Flag fender decals, 20 x 9-inch Mid-gloss Black wheels and Black badging. Bronze four-piston Brembo brake calipers come standard on Challenger R/T Scat Pack and Charger Scat Pack models, and are packaged with the Performance Handing Group on GT and R/T models.

 

Inside, Stars & Stripes Edition models feature Gloss Black interior accents, unique Black-on-Black cloth seats with an embroidered Bronze star, Dark Brushed II interior bezels, unique Antique Bronze instrument panel badge and Bronze accent stitching throughout.

 

In addition, the "Honoring Those Who Serve" program through FCA US LLC provides a special offer to active military, active military reserve, retired military, retired military reserve or honorably discharged veterans within 12 months of discharged date. Eligible customers may receive up to $500 in Military bonus cash. The offer applies to purchases and leases on select 2018 and 2019 vehicles.  [04/26/19]

‘Hemi Under Glass’ Hellephant coming for 2020

Mike Mantel, owner and driver of the iconic “Hemi Under Glass,” has announced that there will be a new version of the car targeted for 2020.

 

“The ’68 car I am currently driving is the longest performing Hemi Under Glass with significant history,” Mantel said. “We will continue to tour with the ‘68 car and plan to have it where ever the new generation car goes so people can enjoy seeing more than 50 years of history and evolution of the brand.“

 

Mantel continued, “I have been considering a new generation Hemi Under Glass for three years and I believe timing is right to do it. The new Gen 3 426 Hellephant engine with its 950 lb-ft of torque and 1,000 hp will have the power we need to wheelie the car down the full quarter mile and is a proper fit for the year and make of the car. Right now, our plan is to use the LX platform Challenger. There is rumor that Chrysler may be coming out with a Barracuda and we would love to use that if the chassis and look of the car would work. Otherwise, the current Challenger is a good fit for us.   [04/26/19]

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow begin qualifications for 2019 Championship

Teams have already begun qualifying for the 2019 Dual Championships bringing the total to 18 teams so far. More qualifying competitions will be held around the country throughout the year. The final teams will be competing at the SEMA Show held Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas and at the PRI Show Dec. 12-14 at Indianapolis.

 

The event has grown from five high school teams at one event back in 2008 to 14 events in 11 states last season. Fifty-five teams qualified for the 2018 Dual National Championship at the SEMA and PRI shows. Last year over $4.2 million in scholarships were presented to participating students from SAM Tech, UTI and OTC.[04/26/19]

Johnson is runner up at Vegas Four-Wide Nationals

From bottom lane up: Tommy Johnson Jr., Tim Wilkerson, J.R. Todd and Jack Beckman.

 

Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson, Jr. raced to a runner-up finish Sunday, April 7, in the Four-Wide NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

Johnson, who was competing in the 450th professional event of his career, charged his way to his first final of the season behind the wheel of the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, but his final run of 3.975 seconds at 313.29 mph wasn’t enough to defeat reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd. Fellow DSR and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driver Jack Beckman advanced to the final elimination quad and finished third behind Todd and Johnson.

 

Matt Hagan and Ron Capps were also Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat drivers that raced past the first round. Leah Pritchett qualified the Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster fourth, but she was unable to advance past the opening round.

 

The run to his sixth career final appearance began with Johnson turning the fastest pass in his first-round quad to advance to a loaded second round quad where he was joined by DSR teammates Beckman and Capps as well as 16-time world champion John Force. In the second round, Johnson was first off the line with his .058 reaction time and he never trailed posting a pass of 3.994 to reach the 49th final of his career and second consecutive Vegas Four-Wide Nationals final.

 

Beckman, who defeated Johnson at “The Strip” in 2006 to earn his first career Funny Car Wally, followed Force to the finish line in his first quad driving his DSR Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat before coming home second behind Johnson in the second quad to reach his second final of the season. The run to the final pushed Beckman up to second in the championship standings.

 

Hagan’s bid to capture his second victory of 2019 came up short in the second round. After qualifying the DSR Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car fifth, the two-time Funny Car world champion raced to an opening round win with his pass of 4.073/288.03 to defeat Todd, Gary Densham and Jim Campbell. In the second round, Hagan posted an impressive lap of 4.017, but lost on a holeshot to Todd. Hagan heads to the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals ranking fifth in the Funny Car standings.

 

Capps started from the second position Sunday in the DSR NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and followed Johnson to the second-round quad with his run of 4.280. Despite making a solid run of 4.037, he wasn’t able to race past Johnson or Beckman to advance to the final.

 

Cruz Pedregon had lane choice as a result of his best qualifying positions of the season, but lost to John Force and Beckman in the first round quad. Jim Campbell was the sixth Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver in competition Sunday and was defeated by Hagan and Todd in round one.

In Stock Eliminator, Justin Jerome from Fullerton, Calif., raced his 1974 Plymouth Duster to his first career NHRA national event win by defeating Ryan Mangus in the final with his lap of 10.818 seconds at 120.11 mph. 

 

Wayne Taylor drove his 1999 Chrysler Sebring to a second-round finish in Super Stock. After defeating Wes King with his run of 10.038 seconds, Taylor red-lighted with a very close -0.009 reaction time to give his opponent Don Thomas the win.

 

Both Jerome and Taylor will receive $500 for being the Dodge Top Finisher by advancing the furthest in their classes.  [04/26/19]

DENSO opens Pennsylvania technical center

DENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, has announced the opening of the Connected Services Pennsylvania Technical Center in Scranton, PA. It was previously part of EASE Simulation, Inc., an automotive diagnostics developer, that was fully acquired by DENSO in 2018. The technical center will operate under DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc.

 

“Advanced diagnostics technology continues to take on increasing importance as vehicles rapidly become more connected and complex,” said Kenichiro Ito, executive director for DENSO Corporation and chief executive officer of DENSO's North American Headquarters. “Through the technical center, DENSO looks to make it easier for fleet managers and technicians to access data in vehicles that will empower them to make cars safer and more fuel efficient.”   [04/26/19]

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