Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Mopar-Powered 1968 Super Stock Cars
Dodge recently announced their title sponsorship of the NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, returning the fan-favorite event to the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals for the 18th year in a row. The 2018 NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, slated for August 30-31 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mopar-powered 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that compete head-to-head in the event. Take a look at our current inventory of Dodge Dart models to see how they’ve changed over the years!
“The Dodge brand is proud to serve as title sponsor of the NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, an event that spotlights the legacy and power of the 426 HEMI engine,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that debuted back in 1968 and are still competing today, which makes our support of this edition of the HEMI Challenge extra special.”
The NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge showcases Super Stock/A-HEMI (SS/AH) NHRA Sportsman class competitors racing down the quarter-mile in 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda machines. The legendary 1968 Mopar “package” cars — so named because they were purpose-built as a distinct “package” for use solely on the drag strip — serve as precursors to the modern-day package car, the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.
The big prizes on the line for this race are the obvious bragging rights as well as the unique 42.6-lb NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy. It was created as a callout to the 426 HEMI engine. All 16 drivers to reach the elimination rounds will receive cash rewards, including the ultimate prize of the $15,000 winner’s purse. Stay up to date on details for this event and others like it with the brand new one-stop-shop The Dodge Garage. It’s a digital hub and premier destination for drag racing and muscle car enthusiasts.
“The Dodge HEMI Challenge is one of the most hotly contested events for our Sportsman racers during the season,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “The interest Dodge has in this program is greatly appreciated by the competitors.”
Earlier this year, Dodge also announced title sponsorship of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, scheduled for July 20–22 at Bandimere Speedway near Denver. This year will also mark the third consecutive in which Dodge will serve as the title sponsor of the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania, which runs September 13-16.
Keep up with all the exciting news for Dodge racing and Mopar events on The Dodge Garage site. However, if you want to take a look at the performance cars available for you to test drive today, see our online inventory now. Just because you’re not racing in these events doesn’t mean that you can’t bring that feeling to your everyday drive. Upgrade your daily commute into a trip around the racetrack with the Dodge performance car of your dreams! Stop by to test drive one today!
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