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2009 Mopar® HEMI® Challenge Race Series Kicks Off

2009 Mopar® HEMI® Challenge Race Series Kicks Off
at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals

23 HEMI® cars will battle at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis on Friday, Sept. 4

Auburn Hills, Mich. , Sep 1, 2009 -

The ninth edition of the Mopar® HEMI® Challenge Race Series at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals pits nearly two dozen of the famous SS/AH 1968 HEMI Darts and Barracudas against each other to see if Charlie Westcott Jr., will win his fourth Indy HEMI Challenge event in the last five years and collect the $10,000 payout.

Westcott Jr., the usual favorite in these events, has a brand-new ’68 HEMI Barracuda named War Fish running for the first time, so all eyes will be on him to see whether he will again be a threat. “The new car is ready and it’s running well,” said Westcott.

Westcott Jr.’s old War Fish may be the winningest Super Stock HEMI in history, surpassing even the ’68 HEMI Barracudas of Ronnie Sox (1969 U.S. Nationals winner) and Arlen Vanke (1968 U.S. Nationals winner).

No matter what happens to Charlie this year, chances are that the name Westcott will still be listed as one of the favorites. Charlie’s father, Charlie Westcott Sr., is also a fast runner. He holds the top speed record in the SS/AH class at just a tick below 160 mph.

The field also includes Melvin Daniels, a Yardley, Pa., dentist who won the most recent Mopar HEMI Challenge. Ohio Chrysler dealer and recent winner Jim Pancake will compete in his ’68 HEMI Dart, as will Dodge dealer Darrell Marvel of Big Rapids, Mich. Randy Warford of Nashville, Ind., will compete in his ’68 HEMI Barracuda and is also bringing a new Dodge Challenger Drag Pak by Mopar to run in A/Stock Automatic during the weekend.

The Mopar HEMI Challenge Race Series will visit the Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals, Sept. 25–27, at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio, and the Dutch Classic, Oct. 22–25, at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. Each event offers $5,000 prize money to the winner.

The Mopar Brand: Authentic Motor Parts and Accessories for Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar—a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts—was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC.

The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s—the muscle car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

In addition to its proud muscle-car heritage, Mopar established a solid reputation as a one-stop shop for proven, quality-tested, reliable and original parts. Just this year, in 2009, Mopar has introduced more than 200 new parts and accessories.

“Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered by the same team that creates all of our factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicles,” said Pietro Gorlier, President & CEO, Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care, Chrysler Group LLC. “At Mopar, we offer more than 280,000 parts and accessories for customers who want to customize and refresh their rides.”

Today, Mopar is responsible for the distribution of authentic Mopar replacement parts, components and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles sold in more than 90 countries. To assure quality, reliability and durability, all Mopar parts and accessories are designed in strict adherence to Chrysler engineering standards.

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Elder Westcott wins HEMI Challenge at U.S. Nationals

Elder Westcott wins HEMI Challenge at U.S. Nationals
September 5th, 2009

Working together, the Westcotts, Charlie Sr. and Charlie Jr., pulled off another victory last night in the Mopar NHRA HEMI Challenge at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. It was Charlie Senior’s turn this time; he and his 1968 Hemi Barracuda bested David Barton, of Robesonia, Pennsylvania.

To get the job done, Westcott needed a lot of help from his son, Charlie Jr., and a bunch of their competitors. The elder Westcott’s engine dropped a valve on the bye run that put him into the finals. The junior Westcott, Thursday’s fastest qualifier, had the same engine which prevented him from appearing in an earlier round.

“I figured there was nothing we could do but go home,” Charlie Senior said, “but my son is a workaholic.”

The younger Westcott reclaimed a Mopar 426 Hemi engine he had just delivered to John Raines, of Santa Paula, California, and moved the Barracuda to Californian Jim DeFrank’s well-equipped trailer to do an engine swap.

With the help of many HEMI Challenge racers, the job took 90 minutes; just enough time to get to the starting line where finalist Barton’s Barracuda was waiting to take a bye run.

The match turned into a disaster for Barton, who left late, and a Cinderella story for the Westcotts as Charlie Senior was much quicker off the line He claimed the Hemi Challenge title with an 8.626 second run at 156.15 mph. Barton trailed with an 8.802 elapsed time and a speed of 152.87 mph.

Westcott Senior will take home $10,000 for the victory, his first at the U.S. Nationals. His son Charlie, Jr., has won three out of the last four Mopar Hemi Challenges in Indianapolis. Today’s win makes it four out of the last five for the Westcotts.

“Jason Line came up to me after I won and said, ‘You give me something to look forward to when I get old,’” said the 66-year-old Westoctt, Sr. Line is a veteran Pro Stock champion.

Twenty-one 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracudas participated in the Mopar Hemi Challenge this year. Entrants were from thirteen states across the U.S., ranging from New Jersey to California and from Minnesota to Louisiana.

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