Lone Star Mopar Fest Powered by Pennzoil is annual event that is put on Space City LX Modern Mopar Club. The club held its 8th annual event this past weekend, at the Lonestar Motorsports Park in Sealy, Texas. While the event was full of Mopars, modern Gen 3 HEMI-powered Mopars are the largest group of participants. The highlight of the event was an exhibition drag race between the two hottest current Challenger race cars.
Fresh off its third consecutive win and clinching the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Championship, was Leah Pritchett’s Dodge Challenger Drag Pak named “El Bandito”. We told you about this car recently, but for those who don’t know about the car; it was the very first Drag Pak ever built by Mopar. The car has gone through several different powertrain combinations in its lifetime, but current has an all-aluminum 354 cubic-inch supercharged HEMI under the hood. It was the very first car in the Factory Stock class to break into the 7-second pass at a sanctioned NHRA event.
The second Challenger in question was the Wesley Motorsport Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT Redeye Widebody. That’s right, the Challenger that runs hill climbs and road course races at events like #GRIDLIFE and Total Time Attack. It features the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 from the SRT Demon spawned to 797 horsepower SRT HELLCAT Redeye under the hood. Of course, this one has some racing goodies helping this Widebody beast around the track.
Since the event was sponsored by Pennzoil and so where both Challenger race cars, it made sense to showcase to two car’s power on the drag strip. Unfortunately, Leah Pritchett is still in the hunt for the Countdown for the Championship for the NHRA Top Fuel title so she wasn’t behind the wheel as she was racing at the Carolina Nationals. So Kevin Helms, former Drag Pak driver and NHRA Stock Eliminator Champion who happens to be Pritchett’s crew chief on the car filled in. Of course, behind the wheel of the Wesley Motorsport Challenger SRT HELLCAT Redeye was Raymond Wall.
After a very rainy day, both cars finally got the opportunity to line up and have some fun. While the HELLCAT Redeye wheel hopped at the starting line, it was no match for the purpose-built Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. It was still an amazing sight to see, the two supercharged HEMI-powered Challenger face off down the quarter-mile. Definitely, a highlight of the weekend for all who attended!