VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 2 - MARCH - APRIL 2019
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.
CEO, Jeff Burk
Editor & Publisher, Richard Kratz
Managing Editor, COO Kay Burk
Contributing Editor, Chuck Green, Chris Holley, Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong, Mark A. Posner
Contributing Writers, Jim Baker, Steve Magnante, Geoff Stunkard, Matt Strong, Mark A. Posner
Senior Photographer - Ron Lewis
Contributing Photographers - Tim Marshall, Dennis Mothershed
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Dodge//SRT brought a Charger design concept car to Spring Fest 14 as part of its Drive for Design program. Get a look at all the cars in attendance at the Pomona, CA, event at here. [04/01/19]
Jim Daniels’ son, Jimmy Daniels, made history last year by becoming the first driver to triumph in three consecutive events, claiming the 2018 NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge win to go along with his 2016-2017 victories.
The Dodge//SRT brand will return as title sponsor of the NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, marking the 19th consecutive year of FCA US LLC sponsorship of the popular NHRA Sportsman event at the historic NHRA U.S. Nationals.
The 19th Annual NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge will fire up August 29-30 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis as part of the six days of race action at the 65th Annual U.S. Nationals. The event showcases Super Stock/A-HEMI (SS/AH) NHRA Sportsman class competitors battling on the quarter-mile in 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda machines powered by the Mopar 426 HEMI engine.
Competitors will vie for the unique 42.6-lb NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy, created as a callout to the 426 HEMI engine. All 16 drivers to reach the elimination rounds will receive cash rewards, with the winner walking away with the ultimate prize of the $15,000 winner’s purse. [04/01/19]
(Adam Cranmer photo)
Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver “Fast Jack” Beckman reached the semifinals Sunday, March 17, in the 50th Annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Florida) Raceway and now ranks second in the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championships standings.
Beckman was looking to become the seventh driver to win back-to-back Gatornationals this weekend behind the wheel of his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car and was joined in Sunday’s second round by four other Charger SRT Hellcat drivers — Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson, Jr. and Cruz Pedregon.
Jack Beckman narrowly defeated teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in the second round of eliminations.
The run to the semifinals for Beckman began with the 2018 Gatornationals champion defeating reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd in the opening round. Next, it was an all-Hellcat matchup between Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make-A-Wish Charger SRT Hellcat. Johnson defeated John Smith in round one, but Beckman came out on top in round two by 0.0007 seconds (approximately 4 inches). Beckman’s six-round winning streak in Gainesville came to a close versus Tim Wilkerson in the semis.
Hagan entered the Gatornationals as the most recent winner in the class and he raced the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car past Jonnie Lindberg in the opening round before losing to John Force.
Pedregon was victorious over Shawn Langdon before bowing out to Wilkerson and Capps drove the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a first-round win over Bob Tasca III before being defeated by Hight. Jim Campbell was the sixth Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver in competition Sunday and was defeated in the first round by Force.
Leah Pritchett raced her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster into the second round as well and holds the second position in the Top Fuel championship standings through the first three events. She began her defense of the 2018 Factory Stock class championship in her Dodge Challenger Drag Pak (shown), but was eliminated in the first round.
In Stock Eliminator, Dwayne Scheitlin from Brighton, CO, drove his 1970 A/SA Dodge Challenger R/T to a second-round finish at the 50th Annual NHRA Gatornationals. Powered by a Mopar 440 Six Pack cubic-inch big-block V8, Scheitlin had dialed a 10.14 ET but just missed his mark by 0.010 of a second while his opponent, Lindsey Brand, was closer to her 10.74 dial with a 10.744 ET for the win.
Stephen Comella from Webster, NY, drove his 1968 SS/AH HEMI Dodge Dart to a semifinal finish in Super Stock. Comella red-lighted with a very close -0.001 reaction time to give his opponent Kevin Riner the win.
Both Scheitlin and Comella will receive $500 for being the Dodge Top Finisher by advancing the furthest in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively. The Dodge Top Finisher program, now in its third year, recognizes Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth racers in Stock and Super Stock at all 24 NHRA national events. [04/01/19]
As any parent can tell you, getting the kids clothes for a new school year can be expensive. Just image the job involved in outfitting an entire racing team. New Era Cap has expanded its relationship with Don Schumacher Racing by equipping more than 100 DSR traveling employees with new gear.
The drag racing teams consists of Mopar Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr., and Leah Pritchett, and Top Fuel dragster drivers Antron Brown (shown) and Tony Schumacher. [04/01/19]
This 1969 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi is one of five cars that will be part of the Newport Car Museum’s new display. The Portsmouth, RI, museum will also add a 1956 Porsche 356a Speedster, 1971 DeTomaso Pantera, a 1964 Cobra 289 and a 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GTR Coupe over the next three months.
The museum, which opened in mid-2017 in a former missile manufacturing facility, displays more than 70 rare cars presented as works of art in six galleries. [04/01/19]
Tucson Dragway was the site of the third edition of the K&N Southwest Showdown promoted by Shawn Langdon and Chris Forsythe. There were 231 racers vying for wins on March 7-10.
The three Super Pro winners who got $10,000 each were Lori Warden, Peter Biondo and Andy Morris. Tibor Kadar, Tony Marconi and Matt Hawk each got $4,500 for their Pro category wins.
Two 64-car bonus fields were scheduled for Friday night, but were moved to Saturday because of the weather. Ken Whitfield picked up $20K in Pro and Biondo another $10.
Best Appearing Car was awarded to Kale Menzel from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His wheel-standing Dodge Dart was a crowd favorite and was runner-up to Kadar on Friday. [04/01/19]
UTI student Jonathan Fanstill (left) receives a $2,5000 scholarship from Brian Kaner, president of service for Icahn Automotive Group and Pep Boys.
Icahn Automotive Group LLC, which owns and operates leading auto repair and maintenance providers Pep Boys, AAMCO and Precision Tune Auto Care, has announced a new program designed to invest in and support promising future automotive technicians, as they make their way from the classroom to the service bay. Through the new program, “Race to 2026,” Icahn Automotive is encouraging more men and women to pursue viable careers in the skilled trades by rolling out partnerships with technical training schools; offering scholarships, tuition reimbursement and apprentice programs; and creating internship programs, job placement and continuing education opportunities.
In 2015, Icahn Enterprises automotive company Federal-Mogul Motorparts developed and launched Garage Gurus, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive technical education platform offering on-site, online and on-demand training and related support to thousands of technicians, service writers, shop owners and other industry professionals.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the automotive repair industry will need nearly 46,000 more technicians by 2026 to meet anticipated demand. Additionally, in any given year there are as many as 75,000 job openings, due in large part to the retirement of the last generation of technicians who benefitted from broadly available vocational education programs. [04/01/19]
These decals will be available at the Nitro Fish Racing merchandise trailer at NHRA events this season. Cool!
It’s always good to have a backup plan and that is especially true in professional drag racing. Cruz Pedregon moved into a Dodge Charger Funny Car this season and his crew is building a second car, just in case.[04/01/19]
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