2010 Mopar HEMI® Challenge Series Concludes at Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals

By Auto News Log • September 20th, 2010

The 2010 edition and 10th anniversary celebration of the Mopar HEMI Challenge Race Series will conclude this weekend as a large gathering of Super Stock/A HEMI (SS/AH) drivers do battle on Sept. 24–25 in the Mopar HEMI Challenge event during the Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio.

The Mopar HEMI Challenge Race Series, formed in 2001, pits owners of SS/AH 1968 Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas against each other in fierce quarter-mile competition. Jim Daniels, winner of the previous Mopar HEMI Challenge event at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind., and the defending Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals HEMI Challenge champion, will compete in his Ray Barton Racing Engines Dodge Dart at National Trail Raceway.

“It was huge to get a win at the U.S. Nationals for both me and my team,” said Daniels, of Bristol, Pa., who has earned four career HEMI Challenge victories, including three of the last four events. “To go back to Columbus and win again would be amazing. We all have some pretty fast cars now. We’re just looking to win.”

Among the contenders to claim the $5,000 winner’s purse is the formidable father-and-son duo of Charlie Westcott Jr. and Charlie Westcott Sr. Westcott Jr., owner of more Mopar HEMI Challenge wins than any other driver, including the first 2010 HEMI Challenge event at the NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Ky., qualified No. 1 at the U.S. Nationals. He and his father were forced to withdraw prior to eliminations due to engine problems. The pair of Parma, Mich. natives will look to rebound at Columbus.

Other drivers confirmed to compete at the event include David Barton, Tyler Hard, Jim Pancake and Gary Wolkwitz, with many more expected in attendance.

Mopar HEMI Challenge attendees can stop by the Mopar Direct Connection Trailer during the three-day Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals event, Sept. 24–26. Fans can check out Mopar parts displays and test their racing skills by taking the wheel of a video-game version of a Mopar-powered NHRA Funny Car. The Mopar HEMI Challenge ladder board will also be on display so fans can track the progress of their favorite Mopar HEMI Challenge drivers.

Race fans looking to show their love for Mopar can also stop by the Mopar Rolling Speedshop at National Trail Raceway. The Speedshop offers 100 percent Authentic Performance Mopar Gear, including Mopar t-shirts, caps, jackets and diecasts.

For more info on the Mopar HEMI Challenge, visit http://www.moparspeed.com.

Source: Mopar Speed


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