Drag-ready Challengers

June 9th, 2010

When it comes to classic muscle cars, Dodge Challengers rank pretty high. This ’70 example still puts out some impressive numbers in the track-powered by a 467-CID big-block on nitrous. Driven by Andy Mayes most of the time, he flipped the keys to his 19-year-old son, Cam, for the second half of the season, in order to get him some seat time in the wild, eight-second E-body. After all, it doesn’t hurt to educate a new generation about the reason muscle cars are so popular. In drag racing circles the age old saying applies — things get meaner with age.

Doug Duell runs a replica of his father’s old Plymouth at every race he can, including the recent NMCA event in Memphis, Tennessee. The former Stock Eliminator World Champion “Drag-on Wagon” still puts plenty of competitors on the trailer these days just like his dad, Dave Duell, did some years back.

But Doug’s newest machine is a 2009 Dodge Challenger, which he recently purchased new from his own dealership in Evansville, Indiana. Shortly after having rolled the car home from the Dodge store, he stripped out the interior and engine bay in preparation for installing a heavily modified 6.1-liter Hemi engine. Tearing apart a car fresh from the dealership is a technique that’s plenty similar to the old days when Doug’s dad was racing. The car is due to be completed shortly and should pick up, for Doug, where the Drag-on Wagon left off.  We certainly hope so. When it makes its racing debut, we’ll show the finished piece.

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