High-horsepower Mopars will take center stage at the 2008 NHRA Mopar Hemi Challenge during Super Stock class eliminations Friday, Aug. 29, at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Featuring Hemi-powered '68 Plymouth Barracudas and Dodge Darts, the Hemi Challenge has become one of the premier events for NHRA Sportsman competitors. This year, a field of close to 30 SS/AH entries is expected to compete for the $10,000 bonus from Mopar.
"This is a special year for our Mopar Hemi Challenge race series as it's the 40th anniversary of the original factory-built Super Stock Hemi-powered 'Cudas and Darts," said Sunil Lahoti, senior manager-Mopar Marketing and Brand, Chrysler LLC. "The grassroots racers and enthusiasts who compete in our series are the core of this authentic event. The Hemi Challenge highlights our continuous modifications to our 426 Hemi engine program and showcases Mopar's influence on drag racing history."
To help celebrate the occasion, Mopar plans to display the Super Stock '68 'Cuda of former factory-backed racer Arlen Vanke at the Mopar Direct Connection rig. Vanke was behind the wheel of the 'Cuda when he won the Super Stock title at the 1968 U.S. Nationals. The final 2008 Hemi Challenge event will be held during the annual Pennsylvania Dutch Classic, an NHRA National Open set for Oct. 23-26 at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading. The series points leader will be crowned and receive a $5,000 bonus from Mopar.