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INTRODUCING THE NEW DODGE CHARGER HELLCAT FUNNY CAR BODY

 

A new, wickedly quick, Mopar-powered National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car version of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has been let loose and is coming soon to a drag strip near you.
 
The new 2019 Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car body will make its competition debut this weekend at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, July 20-22. The Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands will show the new body for the first time this afternoon during a pre-race press conference.

DODGE CHALLENGER UNVEILS NEW R/T SCAT PACK 1320

Dodge//SRT engineers are regulars at the drag strip and well known for creating the record-setting Challenger SRT Demon. Now, once again, they are using their proven experience to create a new street-to-strip drag car. The result: the drag-oriented, street-legal 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, unveiled today in Denver prior to the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, taking place July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway.
 

DELAGO TO HELP TUNE CARRILLO’S TF ENTRY IN DENVER

 

World champion NHRA nitro Funny Car crew chief Tommy Delago will be returning to work this weekend at the Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colo., near Denver.

Delago, who was released as the co-crew chief of the Funny Car driven by Shawn Langdon for Kalitta Motorsports earlier this season, will help tune the Top Fuel dragster driven by Greg Carrillo at Bandimere Speedway.

“This should be cool,” Delago said. “I just got here to the track (Wednesday) and we will get to work to see what we can do.”

WILL HATCHER GEARS UP FOR SECOND PRO STOCK SHOWING IN DENVER

After gaining some much-needed seat time behind the wheel of the American Ethanol 2017 Dodge Dart Pro Stock car in Topeka, longtime sportsman racer Will Hatcher looks forward to the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals powered by Mopar this weekend in Denver. This will be his second time competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

“It’s really cool to get to race a Dodge vehicle at the Dodge Mile-Highs,” said Hatcher. “And the track in Denver is just fantastic. I’ve raced my Comp Eliminator car here more times than I can count. The Bandimere family does an outstanding job with this facility and we see so many hardcore racing fans packing the stands. I’m really looking forward to this.”

MWPMS PLANS TO BRING IT WITH SHOWCASE $50K PM RACE

 

There's a saying in Texas, the bigger the better. 

Midwest Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) promoter Keith Haney plans to deliver an incredible $50,000 payday to the Texas Motorplex, November 1-3, 2018, when the series presents the ELITE 16 presented by Elite Motorsports, LLC.

Haney has wanted to present a winner-take-all event for the rapidly growing series for a long time.

AUSSIE SUPERSTAR ZAPPIA DELIVERS FOR NEW SPONSOR

 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and for multi-time Australian doorslammer champion John Zappia, he welcomed in a new major sponsor with a convincing win.

Zappia announced in the days leading into the Darwin 2018/19 400 Thunder season-opener Muscle Car Warehouse as a major sponsor. The Nitro Up North event at Darwin's Hidden Valley Drag Strip delivered an impressive first impression.

Zappia overcame mixed results in testing to find consistency for race day, where he defeated Paul Mouhayet in the final round with a 5.73 elapsed time.

BRITTANY FORCE HIGHLIGHTS CARQUEST BRAKES THIS WEEK IN DENVER

For Brittany Force the 39th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals will be a chance for the reigning Top Fuel champion to get her first win on the mountain and also highlight a new sponsorship partner with Carquest Brakes emblazoned on the side of her 10,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster as well as her parachutes.
 
“We will have a new look with Carquest Brakes and that is exciting. You want to get those wins for the new sponsors. Carquest is running a special promotion this month with Speed Perks members. They can get a nice discount on Carquest Platinum Professional Brake Pads from advanceautoparts.com. We are glad they came on board and we are going to give them our best,” said Force.

SACKMAN CLEAN SWEEPS IN TAD DEBUT

 

Matt Sackman entered last weekend’s Burndown at Sundown at Route 66 Raceway with just a handful of Top Alcohol Dragster passes under his belt. Late Sunday evening, he left the event with five additional passes, the No. 1 qualifier award and the NHRA North Central Region event victory. 
 
“To be able to qualify No. 1 and win the race in my debut is pretty unbelievable,” said Sackman, a cylinder head specialist on Don Schumacher Racing’s Antron Brown-driven Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. “It definitely shows there's light at the end of the tunnel, that all of the hard work is worth it. This opportunity will hopefully lead to more opportunities in the future. I'm just very fortunate that everything worked out the way it did.”

NHRA CONTENDS CONCUSSION PROTOCOL IS IN PLACE

 

While its policy might not be common knowledge among its competitors, NHRA contends it has an effective concussion protocol in place. This, according to NHRA's Medical Consultant Dr. Phillip Surface.

“I think the NHRA is proactive and becoming more so every day,” Surface said. “I think in the past few seasons they have really taken ahold of the closed head injury concussion issue and updated policies and procedures and made certain that all the training is standardized and up to date and everything.

"This has been going on for several seasons, but especially in the past three to four seasons there’s been a renewed interest, an increased interest in it.”

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS: HAGAN TO DEBUT 2019 CHARGER BODY AT MILE-HIGH NATIONALS

 

Things couldn’t be going much better lately for Matt Hagan.

The two-time NHRA nitro Funny Car world champion has won the last two races on tour in Norwalk, Ohio, and Epping, N.H.

It doesn’t seem like a time to make any changes, but that’s what is going to happen when Hagan competes at the Dodge Mile-High Nationals July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

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