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McFadden doubles up at MSHS Rockingham

by Patrick Rall on

This past weekend, the Modern Street Hemi Shootout series held its first event of the championship season, with the quickest Hemi-powered machines doing battle at Rockingham Dragway. As the first points race of the season, this event saw some familiar names in the winner’s circle along with some newcomers, while series veteran Bill McFadden was the big winner – claiming the bracket class title and the King of the Hill title.

After Mother Nature hassled the MSHS crew at the 2017 race at “The Rock”, this year’s event was met with clear skies and a sticky track, thanks to the crew from Mass Traction. As a result, this year’s event was filled with even more action packed, Hemi-powered drag racing with more classes than ever.

The classes at the MSHS Rockingham Event included:
* Demon Performance Super Pro Class – Heads Up, Run 8s to Be Competitive
* ThiTek Pro Class –  9.50 index
* True Street Performance Modified Class – 10.50 index
* Legmaker Intakes Super Stock Class – 11.50 index
* Gearhead Fabrications Street Class – 12.50 index
* East Coast MoParts Pentastar Bracket Class – Bracket Dial-In
* High Horse Performance Hellcat Shootout – 10.00 index
* Mass Traction Demon Invitational – Heads Up
* moparfan.com & Authentic Performance Rookie Class – Bracket Dial-In
* Whipple Superchargers King of the Hill – Bracket Dial-In

Class-By-Class Rundown from Rockingham

In the East Coast MoParts Bracket Class, Bill McFadden and 2007 Magnum (above) ran an 11.555 on an 11.40 dial while Raymond Minich and his 2016 Challenger broke out, running a 12.205 on a 12.27 dial. A big part of McFadden’s win was his .020 reaction time in the finals.

In the Gearhead Fabrications Street Class, Gary Sanders and his 2017 Charger took on Mike Waiwood and his 2015 Challenger. Waiwood took the starting line advantage (.054 to .093), but in a double breakout run in the 12.50 index class, Sanders was closer to the number and he got the win.

In the Legmaker Intakes Super Stock Class, Delano McFarlane and his 2015 Challenger (above) took on Nick Billet in his 2016 Hellcat, with series newcomer McFarlane taking the win in the 11.50 index class (we don’t have run results, but if someone does, send them to Patrick Rall and he will update it).

In the True Street Performance Modified Class, Justin Skudder and his 2006 Charger took on Chris Dufresne, who was driving the 2016 Hellcat Charger (shown above with the Bear) owned by series boss Dan VanHorn. After Dufresne’s Challenger broke earlier in the weekend, he ran VanHorn’s car in the 10.50 index class and he took the win. In the finals, Dufresne pulled a .009 light and ran a 10.637 while Skudder ran a quicker 10.621, but lost due to the .048 reaction time.

In the ThiTek Pro Class, the final round had a pair of lightning-quick Jeep Grand Cherokees going head to head. Series veteran Brian Brunt ran a 9.548 at 135mph to beat Jon Deter, who ran a 9.607 at 143mph.

In the Demon Performance Super Pro Class, Harrison Zauke and his insane Jeep Grand Cherokee (above) took on Todd Barber and his 2010 Dodge Challenger. Zauke’s Jeep holds the record for being the quickest all-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee in the world and Barber’s Challenger is the quickest modern Mopar muscle car in the world with the independent rear suspension setup, so this was truly a battle of modern Mopar beasts. This year, Zauke is made the switch to rear-wheel-drive and he is now chasing the RWD record – an 8.003 held by Bil Schurr.

After both drivers pulled awesome reaction times (.040 for Zauke, .182 for Barber), they raced down track side by side in an amazing drag race, with the Jeep getting to the finish line first. The Grand Cherokee ran an 8.346 at 164.81 miles per hour to the Challenger’s 8.356 at 165.44.

In the Mass Traction Demon Invitational class, Nancy Gennarelli and her silver Demon took on Tim Godbee in the finals. Gennarelli ran a 9.907 to Godbee’s 10.137 for the win.

In the High Horse Performance Hellcat Shootout, Don Keller ran a 10.081 in the 10.00 index class, beating Robert Lamb who ran a 10.18, with Keller also grabbing a big advantage at the starting line.

In the new moparfan.com & Authentic Performance Rookie Class, Edward Peraza and his 2015 Challenger ran a 13.778 on a 13.05 dial, beating Brian Carbonaco and his 2017 Charger (14.37 on a 12.50 dial).

Finally, in the Whipple Superchargers King of the Hill bracket class, Bill McFadden and his Magnum took on Chris Dufresne in Dan VanHorn’s Hellcat Charger. McFadden dialed a 11.40 while Dufresne dialed a 10.52, but the Magnum cruised to victory with an 11.929 when Dufresne ran into issues during the run – eventually stopping the clocks with a 19.718.

Some other awards from the event include the following:
*Nitrous Outlet Reaction Time – Stell Sav – .037
*Nitrous Outlet Best ET – Harrison Zauke – 8.286
*Nitrous Outlet 60 Foot Award – Todd Barber – 1.247
*John Lewis/Cabinet Factory Hard Luck Award – Adrian Riley
As always, the Mopar community thanks the sponsors who make this series possible for 2018.

2018 SPONSORS:
++Title Sponsors –  Drive Shaft Shop & Hemituner Performance++

Event Sponsors:
-New Orleans – Southern Hotrod
-Rockingham, NC – Whipple Superchargers
-Maryland International Raceway – High Horse Performance
-HEMI’nsanity/Milan, Detroit – ThiTek
-Virginia Motorsports Park – Nitrous Outlet
-ATCO – Hemituner Performance

Class Sponsors:
*King of Kings – Whipple Superchargers
*King of the Hill – Whipple Superchargers
*Super Pro Class – Demon Performance
*Pro Class – ThiTek
*Modified Class – True Street Performance
*Super Stock Class – Legmaker Intakes
*Street Class – Gearhead Fabrications
*Pentastar Bracket Class – East Coast MoParts
*Hellcat Shootout – High Horse Performance
*Demon Invitational – Mass Traction
*Rookie Class – moparfan.com & Authentic Performance

Prize Sponsors:
*Reaction Time – Nitrous Outlet
*Twin Win – Stell Sav/carfinish
*Best ET – Nitrous Outlet
*60 Foot Award – Nitrous Outlet
*Hard Luck Award – John Lewis/Cabinet Factory
*Party Sponsors – VanDrake Racing

Associate Sponsors:
*Captain Terror Racing/George Mueller/Law Firm of Chehardy, Sherman and Williams
*American Racing Solutions
*A2Speed
*Orthopedic Spine Care of Long Island
*Stage 6 Motorsports
*Gen3 Performance Products
*Per4mance Development
*American Muscle Performance
*Hall | MileOne Autogroup
*Autocomplete Mobile Detailing
*Oracle Lighting
*moparfan.com
*AAD Performance
*Moe’s Performance
*Modern Muscle Xtreme
*Karma Racing Products
*Louisiana Performance & Off-road
*Professional Auto Collision
*TKMDemon
*Demon116 Unleaded Race Fuel
*Livernois Motorsports
*Authentic Performance
*Mass Acceleration Motorsports
*Gates Auto

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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