Late-Model Hemi True Street Challenge - 21st-Century Shootout
Late-Model Muscle Cars Duke It Out In Pennsylvania
From the December, 2010 issue of Mopar Muscle
By Randy Bolig
Photography by Randy Bolig
Mohnton, Pennsylvania, is a quiet little town nestled in the hills around Reading, Pennsylvania, and the locals like the peacefulness of the rural setting. Unfortunately, on the weekend of June 4 through 6, that peacefulness was interrupted by the sound of horsepower emitting from Maple Grove Raceway.
It's not really a problem though, as the locals are used to the weekend sounds, and on this particular weekend, the sounds were from the NMCA Shootout. The NMCA has a multitude of racing classes, and if you have a car, they have a class for you. This year, we teamed up with Tremec transmissions and decided to sponsor the Late-Model Hemi True Street Challenge. This challenge is designed for "true" street cars that are licensed, insured, and capable of making a 30-mile cruise. Each racer was then required to run three back-to-back passes to gain an overall-average e.t. Awards were given to the overall fastest Hemi, the runner up, and the closest averages to 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 seconds. The event winner received $250, a six-foot-tall trophy, and a custom Champions jacket. The runner up got $100 and a plaque, as did the average e.t. winners.
Before any of the True Street...
Before any of the True Street competitors could make a pass down the track, they had to prove that they were street cars by driving the rural, 30-mile route. Late-model Hemi cars can definitely do it all.
Dave Coults of Nashua, New...
Dave Coults of Nashua, New Hampshire, brought his Magnum and ran a 13.246, 13.532, and a 13.805. This gave him an average of 13.528. In the other lane is Johnny Lightning of New Providence, Rhode Island. Johnny ran 11.555, 11.554, and 11.622. This gave him an average of 11.577.
Leon Smolenski (right lane),...
Leon Smolenski (right lane), of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, brought his brand-new '10 Challenger out and ran a 14.191, a 14.575, and a 14.685, giving him an average of 14.484. The B5 Blue Challenger is driven by Darren Kaczor of Durhamville, New York, and ran 13.097, 13.247, and 13.271, giving him a three-run average of 13.205.
Each year at this event, the shopHEMI.com Late-Model HEMI Shootout showcases awesome modern Challengers, 300s, Magnums, Chargers, and trucks on the quarter-mile and in the huge NMCA car show, which is presented by HHP and run by the Mopar Owner and Enthusiasts Club of New Jersey. Twenty eight cars entered the Late-Model True Street Challenge, and the diversity made it a fun experience for all. Whether you enjoy racing or the show field, make plans now to attend next year's event, as it should be bigger than ever.
Clark Chatman of Washington,...
Clark Chatman of Washington, Pennsylvania, and his 300 ran 13.076, 13.212, and 13.113. That makes his three-run average a 13.134. He almost won the 13-second average award. In the other lane is Bill Dixon of Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, in his Charger. Bill ran 14.571, 14.612, and 14.660, making his average a 14.614.
Racing out of Pottstown, Pennsylvania,...
Racing out of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, is Gene Hatfield in his Challenger. Gene posted a 12.323, a 12.382, and a 12.434, giving him an average of 12.380. In the right lane was Troy Snyder of nearby York, Pennsylvania, running 13.628, 13.885, and a tire-spinning 15.063. His average tallied to be 14.192.
Julian Hormilla drove his...
Julian Hormilla drove his painter's tape-protected Challenger from Millburn, New Jersey, and posted a 13.302 average by running a 13.303, a 13.269, and a 13.333. In the left lane was White Plains, New York, resident Stellino Savarino driving his Magnum wagon. He posted runs of 13.801, 13.890, and 13.808, netting him an average of 13.833.