June 19-24-Madison, WI to Boerne, TX: Tracks Across America Dodge Charger tour from Wisconsin to Texas, sponsored by the Dodge Charger Registry. No entry fee. Info: Wayne Wooten, The Dodge Charger Registry, P.O. Box 79, Meherrin, VA 23954; (434) 233-1305; www.dodgechargerregistry.com.

June 25-26-Boerne, TX: 17th annual National Dodge Charger Meet sponsored by The Dodge Charger Registry. No entry fee. Info: Wes Pieper, 830-981-5383 (Texas); Wayne Wooten, The Dodge Charger Registry, P.O. Box 79, Meherrin, VA 23954; (434) 223-1305; www.dodgechargerregistry.com.

July 1-3-Grand Junction, CO: 15th annual Mopar Magic Weekend in Grand Junction, Colorado. All Mopar car show presented by Mopars Unlimited of Colorado. Info: Carol or Roger Bryant; bryantchargers@msn.com; 970-434-7756.

July 2-3- Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada: Grand Bend Motorplex Car show, swap meet, door prizes, and drag racing. Open to all years of AMC and Chryslers, cars must be Chrysler-powered. Saturday is regular racing, plus Mopar-only class, any dial, no box. Sunday is Mopars-only with super/pro (box), pro (no box), sportsman, truck (any dial) and viper classes. For hotel accommodations, contact Grand Bend Chamber of Commerce (519) 238-2001. Info: (519) 238-7223 (track); (519) 762-3561; 764-2335; 842-4492; "motorplx@hay.net"; bgkestle@rogers.com; billratcliffe@execulink.com.

July 8-10-Carlisle, PA: The Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals presented by DaimlerChrysler for all Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, and Jeep vehicles. Show field, swap meet, car corral, and Mopars, new and old, as well as concept cars and special guests to keep you entertained. Info: www.carsatcarlisle.com.

Also this year, do you have a Super Bee or Road Runner that came with an A-12 package? At the 2005 Chrysler Classic in Carlisle, PA, The A-12 Restoration group from Moparts.com is hosting a get-together of all lift-off-hood Road Runners and Super Bees. Info: Moparts.com, and go to the A-12 restoration page for more info.

July 8-9-York, PA: Fourth annual York US 30 Musclecar Madness at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds. This year, a "Tribute to Ronnie Sox" and the Sox & Martin race team. Two day Cruisin' Into Summer cruise in and Legends of Drag Racing. Info: www.yorkus30.com; Darwin Doll, (717) 755.5849.

July 31-Roanoke, IL: Mopars Invade Roanoke Car Show. All Mopar and AMC car show, sponsored Roanoke Motor Co. "Viper Capital of the USA" and the Heartland Mopar Club. Registration begins at 9:00 am. Info: (309) 962-5402; DNSGentry@myfam.com.


Truck Competition
The fan popularity of NHRA's Competition eliminator category is because of the diversity of its class, which regularly features match-ups between open-wheeled dragsters, altereds, and fast door-slammers. The eliminator is now home to many members of what was the former Pro Stock Truck category. the '01 Dodge Dakota, campaigned by California's Tom Mettler, is regarded as one of the best.

Tom, along with his father, Don Mettler, and uncle, Ron Mettler, have been working hard for three seasons perfecting their Dakota, which they acquired from Dale and Craig Eaton.

"This is one of only two Dodge Dakota trucks that DaimlerChrysler had built for the Pro Stock Truck class," revealed Mettler. "It is an all-carbon-fiber body and a Jerry Haas-built chassis with a four-link suspension. In Competition eliminator it is a very different approach to racing within the class, but the Mopar fans love it, and I think it makes a real statement."

The team began racing their Dakota with a wedge-head engine combination that evolved in mid-'04 to an all-new 357 motor equipped with P5 cylinder heads. Rick Waters, at Eaton Enterprises, built that Hemi engine.

"Our motor now produces some 985 hp, which makes it the most powerful 357 engine ever," Mettler reported. "We have held the NHRA national record a couple of times, most recently at 7.42 and 181.50 mph."