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A real victory celebration

by Dale Jewett


Mopar driver Ron Capps celebrates his NHRA Funny Car win.

It had been awhile since NHRA Funny Car driver Ron Capps had stood on the winners' podium. Seventeen events, to be exact, stretching back to August 2013.

Capps had driven his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T to five Funny Car semifinal rounds this season but came up short every time.

The drought ended Sunday, when Capps beat Alexis DeJoria to the finish line at the NHRA New England Nationals. It was the second Funny Car win in as many meets for Mopar...
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Celebrating Strength and Power

by Dale Jewett

Matt Hagan's Funny Car and Luke the elephant

Strength, power and size. Those qualities have made the 426 HEMI racing engine a dominant force and earned it the nickname "The Elephant."

That helps explain why Mopar is hanging out with elephants as it spends the year celebrating the 50th anniversary of this legendary powerplant.

The impact that the 426 HEMI would have on racing became apparent as soon as it hit the track in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1964. That's where an up-and-coming stock car driver named Richard Petty used the brand-new racing...

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NHRA's Dodge Dart Developed with Street Car Technology

by Dale Jewett

Dodge Dart Pro Stock NHRA race car in Chrysler Group wind tunnel.

The new Dodge Dart Pro Stock race car that debuts at the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida this weekend has a bit more of the DNA from the street-legal Dart than you might expect.

Race team engineers used the same computerized design tools Chrysler Group engineers used to create the production Dart to develop the Dart Pro Stock that Mopar racers Allen Johnson and Jeg Coughlin Jr. will use this weekend. Fellow Mopar Driver Vieri Gaines will have his new Dart race car ready...
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Mopar on the Oscars

by Pat Caporali

Mopar NHRA driver Ron Capps
Mopar NHRA driver Ron Capps

For Mopar's National Hot Rod Association drivers, Sunday is usually a race day. However, with a bit of a break before they head to the next NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at the Gatornationals in Florida in two weeks, they'll get a chance to have a seat and watch the Oscars like the rest of us this Sunday.

Ron Capps, driver of Mopar's Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, has actually seen every single Oscar nominated film because, away from his duties with read more

Mopar power rules at Sonoma drag races

by Dale Jewett

Vincent Nobile races Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the NHRA Pro Stock final at Sonoma Raceway.

Mopar-powered drivers captured the "Wally" trophy in both the Funny Car and Pro Stock classes at last weekend's NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif.

T
he Pro Stock class came down to an all-Mopar Final Elimination that matched Jeg Coughlin Jr. against Vincent Nobile -- with Nobile taking the win with a run...

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