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First Hellcat timeslips

by Daniel Bennett on

With Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats just starting to reach owners, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing them hit the track in attempts to see what they can do in the hands of the public.

Edinburg Raceway, in Texas, is working with a local Dodge dealer (Burns) and two Dodge Challenger Hellcat owners to try to knock down the quickest Hellcat numbers.

The first car was a black Hellcat on 109 octane racing fuel and drag tires, running at 48°F, 71% humidity, and a 96 foot track elevation, with barometric pressure of 30.43 for a density altitude of -1,093 feet. The time slip showed a quarter mile time of 10.483 seconds at 133.53 miles per hour; the eighth-mile time was 6.8 seconds at 106.19 mph.

The quarter-mile time can be corrected to 10.52 seconds at 133.175 mph.

They also had a completely stock Hellcat running with its stock Pirelli tires, at 5:18 pm, the day before; the temperature was 53°, humidity 57%, pressure 30.51, with density altitude calculated at -843 feet.  The driver managed the quarter mile in 11.054 seconds at 126.12 mph, which corrects to 11.077 seconds at 125.974 mph.

Dodge’s own NHRA-certified results were 11.2 seconds at 125 mph with stock street tires and 10.8 seconds at 126 mph with drag slicks and premium (not race)  gasoline.  Both cars beat the official numbers.

UPDATE: Due to rain, they will not be able to try to chase better times this evening ( Friday Jan 9th ), but will instead do so on Friday Jan 16th. We will keep a close eye on this and bring you any significant updates as they happen.

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Dan Bennett was doomed from the start. His parents bought a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner when it was known that he was coming along, and the rest of the story was written from that point forward.
Raised in a Mopar only home, Dan has also been Mopar only. From ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s muscle to current SRTs of various flavors, Dan has owned, and in many cases raced, each of the Mopar brands.
Dan’s real career is as a “parts guy” at a local dealership, but he also is a muscician, computer geek/gamer, avid reader, and general all around seeker of knowledge. His whole working career has been spent in the parts industry, starting in the aftermarket, and now at the dealership level. He took a couple years off and went in a different direction for a bit as a jewelry designer and salesman, and even though he won a design award for a piece, his true calling, automotive, won out in the end.
He has written articles, or has had vehicles that have appeared in Mopar Muscle, Sport Truck, and Truckin’. In various forums and social media, he has made a name for himself as the “Go-to” guy for tech information for all things Mopar. He also has a large background in many forms of racing and engine building, holding at one point a ASE Certified Master Engine Machinist rating. Though he no longer keeps that certification up to date, he is still very active in the engine building side when he has spare time.
To Dan, there is no option to covering the Mopar world, it is an imperative that must be done to keep his world in balance.
You can contact him at (206) 736-7670.

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