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2014 Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan, will start off his 2015 season driving the Don Schumacher Racing 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.

This is a completely new body for 2015, with extensive wind-tunnel time to make the new shape even more competitive. In off-season testing, the car set an unofficial NHRA record pass at 3.954 seconds, at an amazing 323.97 miles per hour.

2015 Dodge Charger NHRA drag car

There are seven Charger drivers in the Fuel Funny Car class. Four, two-time World Champion Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr., Ron Capps and 2012 World Champion Jack Beckman, represent Don Schumacher Racing. Jeff Arend, formerly with Jim Dunn Racing, has a 2014 Charger sponsored by Bucky Auto Service Center; John Hale has taken Arend’s former seat with the Jim Dunn Racing 2015 Charger and Gary Densham is back with his 2010 Charger.

With Jeg Coughlin Jr. sitting out the season to spend time with his brand-new daughter and take care of business, there are only three Dodges in a sea of Camaros in the Pro Stock field at this year’s Winternationals. 2012 Champion Allen Johnson will begin his 20th season of Pro Stock competition in his Dodge Dart Pro Stocker. His engine-tuning father, Roy Johnson, will also join him at the 20 year mark.

Joining Johnson in a Dart again this year is ten-year veteran V. Gaines. Mid-way through last year, a wreck destroyed his Dart Pro Stocker, and he had to revert to his older Avenger for the remainder of the season. Deric Kramer is the third member of the Dodge Squad; he’s also running a 2015 Dart.

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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