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after losing his two sons, ages 12
and 17, in an automobile accident
V eteran Super Stock racer Larry Griffith recently took delivery of the
second Dodge Challenger Drag Pak by Mopar from Dennis Guest,
dealer principal of the South Oak Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Matteson, Ill.
Discounts: Officials at The
Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
early last year. The mission of the
organization is to prevent injuries
and save lives by training and
Griffith’s original award-winning ’68 Dodge Dart package car was also will offer free admission to all active educating teenage drivers and their
on display at the delivery. In addition, the event marked the ramp-up to military personnel with ID on the parents about the importance of safe
full production for the Challenger Drag Pak for Chrysler LLC. Friday of the and responsible driving.
Griffith raced the ’68 Dart predominately on the Midwest UDRA SummitRacing.com NHRA
(United Drag Racers Association) circuit, and it soon became an Nationals (April 2-5). Any active Force play: Baytown Ford is
award winner. Griffith sold the vehicle in 1970, and it was retired military member with valid ID is providing support vehicles March 23-
from racing in 1972. Rebirthed in 2008, the Dodge Challenger Drag welcome to enjoy the races free of 25 for John Force Racing
Pak is the first drag-race-only factory package car to be built in 40 charge on April 3 as The Strip drivers, crew chiefs, and executives,
years, since the ’68 Hemi Dart and Barracuda vehicles. It was built salutes the men and women of the including John Force and daughter
for NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing. U.S. armed forces. Ashley Force Hood, as part of a
The Dodge Challenger Drag Pak by Mopar is based on the Challenger multifaceted marketing partnership.
SRT8 and finished in Stock configuration. Mopar reduced the vehicle Batter up: Infineon In addition, fans who visit Baytown
weight by approximately 1,000 pounds compared to the production Raceway will step up to the plate Ford between March 16 and March
Challenger SRT8 by eliminating select production components and to help the North Vallejo Little 25 and test-drive any Ford product
systems. To accentuate weight savings, the Challenger Drag Pak features League, which was recently vandalized will automatically be entered to win
unique drag race components, including composite liftoff hood with by burglars. The raceway will donate two free race tickets along with the
functional scoop, Viper-style front seats, polycarbonate door windows, $5,000 to cover the cost of the stolen chance to meet all four JFR drivers
lightweight cooling module with electric fan, manual rack-and-pinion equipment, uniforms, and computers. during a special meet-and-greet. John
steering, special cable-operated deck-lid release, special lightweight front- The monies for the donation will Force is a seven-time winner at
brake assemblies, and special cable-operated throttle linkage and pedal come from a 3J’s Motorcycle Track Houston Raceway Park.
assembly. Mopar plans to build a minimum of 100 Challenger drag race Days charity event, to be held at
package cars to meet NHRA requirements. Infineon Raceway April 22. Vallejo is New sponsor: The Strip at
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits received the first Drag Pak vehicle and located approximately 10 miles west Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s bracket
will compete at select NHRA events, including the prestigious Mac of the track. Tony Hodges, president series has a new title sponsor: Wicked
Tools U.S. Nationals. of North Vallejo Little League, was HP. The 11-race Wicked HP E.T.
ecstatic when he heard the news. Bracket Championship
“This will definitely get us our Series will feature a year-end points
uniforms and help us piece back fund of $11,000, in addition to a
everything else as we go on,” Hodges variety of bonus programs that will be