Ready to Launch – Dodge Strike Force Blasts the Competition at NHRA US Nationals

The NHRA US Nationals is the most iconic and prestigious drag race on the planet. It’s the drag racing event every racer wants to win. It has been the scene of quarter-mile history on the massive grounds of the historic Indianapolis Raceway Park for over 50 years. For Dodge, it all started back in the early 1960s when a group of factory engineers, on their spare time, went to Indy and shocked the competition by winning the Super Stock Eliminator title. 
 

 

It was at that defining moment that Dodge became a performance…

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Ready to Launch – Dodge Strike Force Blasts the Competition at NHRA US Nationals

2016 NHRA Winternationals – SRT® Hellcat Style

 

The NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, CA is steeped in tradition and for 56 years, it’s been the jumping-off point for the start of the drag-racing season. The fact that the LA County Fairgrounds (now called Auto Club Raceway at Pomona) has hosted the Winternationals since 1961 is just plain cool. It’s sort of like watching a historic battlefield reenactment, but the soldiers have modernized weapons and the war they’re waging is real. 
 

It was on this very same pavement in 1963 that the 426 Max Wedge Dodge cleaned house in Super Stock….

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2016 NHRA Winternationals – SRT® Hellcat Style

Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part 2

By Steve Magnante

 

The Dodge high performance world lost a pioneer with the June 2, 2014, passing of former Chrysler Corp. Race Vehicle Design Manager and Ramchargers race team member, Jim Thornton. Recently, we reviewed some of Mr. Thornton’s many contributions to the evolution of Dodge stock-bodied drag race vehicles. Now, let’s continue our tribute with a look at how he helped ensure that Dodge drag race package cars were ready to fully employ the mighty output of the 426 Race HEMI® engines that powered them down the drag strip.

 
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Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part 2