The fastest modern Hemi-powered vehicles in North America have been going head to head over the past six years at the Modern Street Hemi Shootout series. For 2017, the series is bigger and better than ever.

For the 2017 Modern Street Hemi Shootout, each of the 5 events will have a total cash payout of $15,000 (up from $10,000 in 2016);  included in that total is the $5,000, winner-take-all King of the Hill title – but taking home that big check will require the winner to beat the quickest Hemi-powered Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram vehicles in the world.

The Modern Street Hemi Shootout Enters its Eighth Year

The Modern Street Hemi Shootout started with a single event at Bradenton Motorsports Park back in 2010. It’s grown into a 5-event series stretching from Michigan to North Carolina. As the name suggests, the Modern Street Hemi Shootout is open to all vehicles with any of the modern Hemi engines, and the series has a racing class for everyone – from stock to heavily modified.

Each racing entry gets to participate in two classes from the list below, unlike some series which make you pay for every class in which you enter. This also increases the activity of each driver in attendance, since the two-class system makes racing with MSHS more affordable. For example, say that you have a lightly modified 2012 Charger SRT8. You could enter the Bracket class and the 12.50 Index class, or if you have a lightly modified Hellcat Challenger, you could enter the 10.50 Index class and the Hellcat Shootout. Also, the $100 race entry includes entry for the driver and one crew member, in addition to the two race classes.

What makes MSHS so unique is that they offer both dial-in racing and heads up racing, whereas most racing series like this one tend to favor more dial-in (bracket) racing. Between the bracket class and the index classes, every modern Hemi owner should be able to find two classes in which his or her car will be competitive – maybe with a little work.

The MSHS racing classes are:
*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 up

After the winners of each of those classes has been decided, they all go head to head in a dial-in runoff to determine the event King of the Hill, sponsored by VanDrake Racing.

The MSHS offers a second chance runoff for those racers who lose in the semifinals. This “second chance” class is run with dial-ins and the winner gets $500.

Dan VanHorn, the man responsible for making the Modern Street Hemi Shootout what it is today (with the help of his volunteers and racers), told me that last season, the events averaged around 75 racers per event, but with a 10% annual growth and with higher-than-expected numbers for the season finale in New Jersey, 2017 will be the biggest year ever for the Modern Street Hemi Shootout.

The schedule for the 2017 Modern Street Hemi Shootout is:
May 13 – The Driveshaft Shop MSHS at The Rock – Rockingham, North Carolina
June 23-24 – Eastcoast Moparts MSHS at Maple Grove – Reading, Pennsylvania
August 17 – ThiTek Hemi’Nsanity 2017 – Milan, Michigan
September 15-16 – DemonPerformance MSHS @Virginia Motorsports Park - North Dinwiddie, Virginia
November 4 – HemiTuner Performance 2017 Season Finale at ATCO – Voorhees, New Jersey

As this piece goes live, the first event in Rockingham – which will include a burnout competition – is just over a week away. Pre-registration is closed, but if you live in the area or if you want to make the drive to “The Rock” to race with the quickest modern Hemi racers in the country – you can still buy tickets at the gate. Even if you don’t have a car to race, you can enter as a spectator for just $15.

Finally, we want to point out that the August 17 ThiTek Hemi’Nsanity 2017 event in Milan, Michigan is the weekend of the Woodward Dream Cruise, so if you are a Mopar fan headed to Metro Detroit for the weekend of the Dream Cruise – you absolutely have to make the short drive to Milan for the Modern Street Hemi Shootout.   Images: MSHS