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MSHS: Hemis head to Maple Grove

by Patrick Rall on

The second leg of the 2017 Modern Street Hemi Shootout sponsored by Hemituner Performance & The Driveshaft Shop took place this past weekend at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania. Even with rain hampering the action on day 1, the world’s quickest Hemi-powered vehicles put on an action-packed exhibition of modern Mopar muscle.

The classes at the Eastcoast Moparts-sponsored MSHS Maple Grove Event included:
Eastcoast Moparts – Bracket – Dial-In
Demon Performance – Super Pro – Heads Up, Run 8s to Be Competitive
ThiTek – Pro – 9.50 index
True Street Performance – Modified – 10.50 index
Legmaker Intakes – Super Stock – 11.50 index
RK Motors – Street – 12.50 index
High Horse Performance – Hellcat Shootout – heads
#Bad_Ass_Official and VanDrake Racing $5,000 King of the Hill – Class winners – Dial-In

Class-By-Class Rundown from Maple Grove
In the EastCoast Moparts Bracket class, Chris Dufresne dialed a 10.50 in his 2011 Dodge Challenger (below) while Geoff Bracken and his 2007 Dodge Charger dialed in at 10.52. Dufresne grabbed a big starting line advantage and ran a 10.52 on the 10.50 while Bracken broke out with a 10.49 while trying to make up the disadvantage on the tree.

“You just can’t find a better series for the modern hemi enthusiast,” said Dufresne. “Where else can you find a bunch of folks who compete so fiercely at the track then break bread, crack beers and party to the wee hours of the morning together? #MSHSforlife”

In the RK Motors Street class (12.50 index), Gary Rhudy and his 2014 Dodge Challenger (below) took the win for the second time this season when Gary Sanders redlit in his 2017 Challenger. Rhudy ran a 12.537 on the 12.50 index while taking the easy win. These two ran in the finals at the first event of the year as well, with Sanders breaking out in this first race and redlighting this time. Remember Gary Rhudy’s name, as we will talk about him again shortly and not just because he has won this class at both events this season.

In the Legmaker Intakes Super Stock class (11.50 Index), Patrick Zabst and his 2007 Dodge Charger (below) won a great drag race with Mike Galiano and his 2007 Dodge Charger. Galiano took a small starting line advantage, but he ran an 11.475 in the 11.50 index class while Zabst ran an 11.511 to claim the class win.

“I had a great time at Maple Grove.  Friday’s on/off rain, terrible air and bad traction had me pretty worried.  Thankfully, the race had to wait until Saturday.  Everything fell into place on Saturday and I was able to dial the car in during the qualifiers,” said Zabst. “The Legmaker Super Stock 11.50 class had some very tough competition, but I was able to squeak by and land my first class win in the Modern Street Hemi Shootout Series.  Thanks to Dan VanHorn for putting all of our events together and to Chris Harrigan of Legmaker Intakes for sponsoring the 11.50 class.  Also thanks to all of our other sponsors for making this series possible.”

In the True StreetPerformance Modified class (10.50 index), Ron Polidora and his 2017 Hellcat took the win when Chris Dufresne ran into problems at the starting line. While he got the free pass, Polidora ran a 10.512 on the 10.50 index. This comes after Ron Polidora took the runner-up position at the first MSHS event of the year, so two events in, he is the man to beat in this class.

“Incredible event. It’s a must see/must experience type of event,” said Polidora. “Go once and you will be hooked. Hands down best thing going for the Modern Mopar racers/fans out there.”

In the ThiTek Pro class (9.50 index), Brian Destefano and his 2010 SRT Jeep took on Greg Davies in the final round. Destefano pulled a big starting line advantage (.025 to .117) and although both vehicles ran under their 9.50 index, the Jeep was closer with a time of 9.497 to Davies’ 9.488.

In the Demon Performance Super Pro class (heads up, no index), there was only one entry, so Pete Ramin and his True Street Performance-built twin turbo Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT9 had a single run to take the win.

In the High Horse Performance Hellcat Shootout, Michael Cole and his 2015 Hellcat Challenger took on Joshua Schwartz (of High Horse Performance) in the 2015 Hellcat Challenger known as TopCat. Schwartz slept at the line (.792), giving Cole a massive starting line lead and although the TopCat ran quicker (9.445 to 9.593), Michael Cole took the Hellcat class win.

Finally, the #Bad_Ass_Official and VanDrake Racing $5,000 King of the Hill class pitted the winners of every other class head-to-head with the dial-in system. After the other class winners had been knocked out, Gary Rhudy from the RK Motors Street class took on Chris Dufresne from the EastCoast Moparts Bracket class. Rhudy dialed a 12.55 and Dufresne dialed a 10.50, so Rhudy Challenger had about a 2-second head start. On the launch, Dufresne’s Challenger spun a bit, leading to a 10.74 on the 10.55 while Rhudy ran a perfect 12.55 on a 12.55 dial. With the win, Gary Rhudy and his bottled 2014 Challenger R/T took home the $5,000 cash prize. You can watch the entire King of the Hill class runoff in the video below.

Some other winners from the 2nd Modern Street Hemi Shootout of the year include the following:
The A2Speed Best Reaction Time Award – Jeff Feiler- .001
The Orthopedic Spine Care of Long Island Best ET Award – Josh Schwartz – 9.39
The Nitrous Outlet Best 60 Foot Award – Greg Davies – 1.35
The JONZ HVAC & Stanley’s Performance 2nd Chance Runoff was won by Justin Skudder (he also won this class at the first event)
The Gary Rhudy Best Package Award – Chris Dufresne – .051

Finally, on the behalf of the event organizers, the racers and the entire Mopar community, we have to give a shout out to all of the sponsors who helped make this event happen:
Stage 6 Motorsports
Nitrous Outlet
Orthopedic Spinecare of Long Island
OC Performance
Hall Automotive
Cabinet Factory
Z Automotive
BFNY Performance
Southern Hotrod
G3 Performance Products
DTP Racing
American Racing Solutions
Gearhead Fabrications
Mass Acceleration Motorsports
Gary Rhudy Motorsports
American Muscle Performance
Per4mance Development
Autocomplete Mobile Detailing

The next stop on the 2017 Modern Street Hemi Shootout sponsored by Hemituner Performance & The Driveshaft Shop is the ThiTek Hemi’Nsanity 2017 event at Milan Dragway in Michigan. The racing action for that event is on the August 17th, but the MSHS competitors will then cruise to Detroit for the 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise.

All images were provided by the owners of the vehicles.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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