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Fri, 2 Sep 2005, 02:51 PM

Fifth Annual Mopar Super Stock Hemi Challenge on Tap for NHRA U.S. Nationals
Courtesy of Misha Geisert

CLERMONT, Ind. -- make its fifth appearance at the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals this Friday, September 2. Featuring the hottest SS/AA cars in the country, the event will also feature former Mopar Direct Connection and Mopar Ramcharger Racing Team members Tom Hoover, Tom Coddington and Al Adam. Well-regarded for their on-track contributions to drag racing, Mopar will honor these men for their part in the advancement of the sport.

Hoover will act as the grand marshal for the Mopar Super Stock HEMI Challenge, while Coddington and Adam are noted as the honorary starters for the event. David Hakim, Portfolio Manager for Performance Mopar Parts, is looking forward to the excitement and nostalgia that these three former racers will bring to the event.

"Mopar is truly honored to have a trio of the founding engineers on the Mopar Direct Connection project as a part of this year's Mopar Super Stock HEMI Challenge," said Hakim. "Tom, Al and Tom are a part of the HEMI's legacy, and it's great to have them return to see the progress of their work. These gentlemen are also a part of the original Chrysler Racing program of the 1960's, and it's because of their dedication that the SS/AA class continues to flourish."

Hoover, Coddington and Adam were heavily involved in the development of the 1968 HEMI Barracuda and Dodge Dart Package Cars. The knowledge that the trio implemented into the machines was utilized in the progress of the Mopar Direct Connection in 1974, which serviced the NHRA/IHRA sportsman classes. Mopar reintroduced the Mopar Direct Connection at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals in July of this year. The Mopar Direct Connection will work to provide grassroots racers across the country with at-track technical resources.

"The Mopar Super Stock HEMI Challenge is an outstanding event; it truly showcases the awesome influence that the HEMI powerplant and Mopar have had on drag racing's history," Hakim said. "With 30 entries pre-entered, we're expecting the largest group of competitors for the event to date. Race fans will have an opportunity to see some of the most wicked SS/AA class cars do battle for the bragging rights as the Mopar Super Stock HEMI Challenge champion. It's going to be a great show."

Competitors in the Super Stock/A-Automatic (SS/AA) division are eligible to compete in the Super Stock HEMI Challenge event. Featuring more than 25 Hemi-powered factory lightweight SS/AA 1968 Plymouth Barracudas and Dodge Darts, the event winner will receive a $10,000 bonus. The final round will feature an all or nothing format as the competitors compete for not only the bragging rights but the cash prize as well.

The Mopar Super Stock Hemi Challenge will take place on Friday, September 2, during the 51st Mac Tools U.S. Nationals event at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

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