Over the weekend, Maplegrove hosted a plethora of Mopar fanatics, racecars and show vehicles. Under sunny skies, the weather may have been hot, but the action on the track was even hotter! In what has become familiar to anyone who follows the Hemi Challenge, Charlie Westcott Jr. emerged victorious. Even the man himself, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits was on hand to race his Challenger Drag Pak and pick the show winners. With tons of rare and fast Mopar iron in the pits, there was something for every Pentastar aficionado and we are already looking forward to next year’s event at the “Grove”.
Here’s a rundown of all the race and show action:
Hemi Challenge: Charlie Westcott Jr., ’68 Barracuda, .080 reaction time, 8.591 seconds, 145.00 mph def. Charlie Westcott Sr., ’68 Barracuda, foul -.031, 8.571, 158.43.
Bracket 1: Matt Jolley, ’66 Valiant, .014, 10.770, 121.86 def. John Simbeck, .019, 8.852, 154.95.
Bracket 2: Shane Sweigart, ’71 Demon, .063, 10.964, 123.04 def. Rob Cox, .115, 10.234, 131.68.
DOT: Dave Anderson, ’74 Challenger, .055, 11.508, 107.68 def. Mark Ketterer, ’78 Aspen, .049, 14.377, 94.49.
Late Model Hemi: Jonathan Allegrucci, ’11 Challenger, .119, 10.383, 120.98 def. Don Garlits, ’12 Challenger, foul -.025, 9.527, 139.93.
Nostalgia Super Stock/Stock: Terry Knott, ’73 Dart, .052, 11.217, 113.33 def. Dan Walleigh, ’70 AMX, .035, 11.236, 109.52.
Sunday Class Awards – Mega MOPAR Action Series
1. Charles Walls, Dart Swinger
2. Tom Kurst, Dart GTS
3. Rachel Kohr, Scamp
1. George Sauerbaum, Dart Sport
2. Edward Houston, Dart GT
1. Kevin Hurd, ’70 Superbird
2. Steve Yetzer, ’68 Charter R/T
3. Gene Lukow, ’65 Belvedere
1. Bill Man, ’69 Charger R/T
2. Frank Bentz, ’65 Plymouth
3. John Dittert, ’68 Road Runner
1. Gary Harris, 300 Convertible
2. Paul Angstadt, Sport Fury Convertible
3. Gilles Beneyton, Imperial LeBaron
1. Tom Drevyanko, Fury III
2. Jake Hollaway, Sport Fury GT
1. David Krieble, ’70 Cuda
2. Tim Conrad, ’70 Cuda
3. Jim Clemens, ’70 Challenger
1. Joe Medwick, ’70 Challenger R/T
2. Jayne Perrault, ’70 Challenger
3. Dwayne Kleinsmith, ’72 Cuda
1. Dan Kleinfelter, 77 Aspen R/T
1. Mark Skelton, Spirit R/T
2. Bruce KenDerdiwz, Daytona Shelby
3. Paul Crider Jr., Sprit R/T
1. Robert Weinhart, Red SRT 10
2. Jeff Johnson, White SRT 10
3. Harold Conor, RAM 1500
1. David Hare, 2003 RAM
2. Kyle Berkstresser, Dakota Stampede
1. Tom & Jill Baker, ’34 Dodge
2. Ozz Armet, ’33 Plymouth
3. Sharon Levon, ’87 RAM
1. Robert Fassnacht, Charger R/T
2. Mac McKnight, Challenger SRT8
3. Joseph Strauss, Challenger SRT 8
1. Pete Heisel, Challenger SRT 8
2. Robin Bell, Challenger SRT 8
3. Jennifer Davies, Challenger R/T.
Mega Mopar Action hits the pavement at Maple Grove Raceway this Saturday and Sunday. Along with the coolest rides coming out for the show field, the starting line will be getting an extra dose of VHT as the fastest HEMI® Super Stockers in the country will be battling it out for cash prizes but more important, bragging rights. There’ll also be late-model muscle class so participants can run their new Challengers, Chargers, 300s down Maple Grove’s fabled quarter-mile strip were Mopar icons like Don Garlits, Sox & Martin, Dick Landy and many more pioneers from the golden era of drag racing made a name for themselves. Our newest supporter, Dante’s Mopar Parts, will be sponsoring the A, B and E Body restored classes at the car show. So pack your bags, grab your buddies, and head to one of the quickest and most scenic tracks in the East for some great Mopar fun!
Here’s the schedule of happenings:
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
MEGA MOPAR ACTION
Gates open: 8 a.m.
Car show registration: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Time trials: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Feature shows/HEMI Challenge: 1 & 4 p.m.
Don Garlits’ Picks: 3 p.m.
Gamblers’ Race: 5 p.m.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
MEGA MOPAR ACTION
Gates open: 8 a.m.
Car show registration: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Time trials (new entries only): 9 a.m.
Eliminations: 10 a.m.
Car Show judging begins: Noon
Feature show: 1 & 4 p.m.
Car Show awards: 2:30 p.m.
HEMI Challenge Round 1: 1 p.m.
Here are the show and race results from the Mega Mopar Action Series from Thunder Mountain. We had a wonderful time hanging out with all of you and seeing some stellar show cars and great side-by-side racing. A quick shout-out to the crew and staff at Bandimere Speedway for organizing this great event and we’re already looking forward to next year.
MEGA MOPAR ACTION CAR SHOW RESULTS – THUNDER MOUNTAIN/BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY
Best A-Body Plymouth
WIN Jim Foppema Fort Collins, CO 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda
R/U Doug Tryggestad Colorado Springs, CO 1970 Plymouth Duster
R/U Dave Archer Strasburg, CO 1968 Plymouth Barracuda
R/U Kent Penoyer Arvada, CO 1969 Plymouth Barracuda 340 S Convertible
R/U Russ Wierema LaSalle, CO 1968 Plymouth Barracuda S
Best A-Body Dodge
WIN Jesus Amparan Denver, CO 1971 Dodge Demaon
R/U Greg Reynolds Lakewood, CO 1966 dodge Dart GT
R/U Ronald Latine Highlands Ranch, CO 1969 Dodge Dart
R/U Richard Martinez Littleton, CO 1969 Dodge Dart GT
Best B-Body Plymouth (early)
WIN Preston Berkheimer Greeley, CO 1965 Plymouth Satellite
R/U Ron Kuhl Littleton, CO 1967 Plymouth Belvedere II
Best B-Body Dodge (early)
WIN Danny Osborn Westminster, CO 1964 Dodge Polara
R/U Tom Hurley Westminster, CO 1964 Dodge Polara
R/U Ronald Robert Colorado Springs, CO 1966 Dodge Coronet 500
R/U Dave Brewer Fort Collins, CO 1967 Dodge Coronet 440
Best B-Body Plymouth (late)
WIN Aaron Davis Parker, CO 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner
R/U Mark & Leigh Kahre Wheat Ridge, CO 1968 Plymouth GTX
R/U James Montoya Lakewood, CO 1970 Plymouth GTX
R/U Ken Freund Jr. Aruroa, CO 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner
R/U Tony Di Censo Falcon, CO 1971 Plymouth GTX
Best B-Body Dodge (late)
WIN John Godshalk Castle Rock, CO 1969 Dodge Super Bee
R/U Robert Kerbs Morrison, CO 1969 Dodge Daytona
R/U William TeSelle Boulder, CO 1969 Dodge Charger
R/U Robert Frost Ridgway, CO 1969 Dodge Charger RT/SE
R/U JC Engdahl Golden, CO 1969 Dodge Charger
R/U Devin Brisbois Omaha, NE 1969 Dodge Super Bee
Best C-Body / 300
WIN Ron Duez Westminster, CO 1969 Chrysler Newport Convertible
MEGA MOPAR ACTION DRAG RACING RESULTS – THUNDER MOUNTAIN/BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY
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