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Happy HEMI Day!

Hemi Day

 

It’s April 26, and you know what that means, Dodge fans: It’s National HEMI day. 4/26 = 426. Let’s celebrate!

 

The legendary 426 HEMI V8 was born back in late 1963 when Chrysler performance engineers, led by group manager Tom Hoover, decided to up the ante in NASCAR and on the drag strips, where the Dodge brand was already a top performer.

 

Starting with the sturdy block and reciprocating assembly from the winning 426-cubic-inch Max Wedge engine, Hoover and crew dusted off the hemispherical combustion chamber layout from the company’s previous 1951-1958…

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Happy HEMI Day!

Happy 426 Day!


 
We noticed today’s date and thought how iconic three numbers in a certain order can be – 426.
 
In the world of engine displacement, 426 cubic-inches has had an illustrious past when the words “Max Wedge” and “HEMI®” followed these magical numbers. It was the arrival of 426 Max Wedge in 1963 that made our Dodge B-body (and Plymouth cousins) serious contenders at the drag strip. Fabled teams like the Ramchargers, Golden Commandos and many others won numerous events and buried many quarter-mile ET and MPH…

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Happy 426 Day!

Kurt Busch’s Bid for A Daytona Sweep Comes Up Just Short

 

Kurt Busch was in excellent position to make Daytona 500 history Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.  A Daytona Sweep was within his grasp.  He had won the Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Duel earlier in Speedweeks in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T.  The crown jewel, a Daytona 500 win, was within his grasp.

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Kurt Busch’s Bid for A Daytona Sweep Comes Up Just Short