By Patrick Rall
This week’s Mopar Muscle Thursday takes a look at the modern “Chi-Town Hustler” Dodge Omni funny car in action against the “Flashback” Pontiac Firebird Trans Am funny car in some nostalgic racing action – with the Dodge Omni turning in a smoking fast quarter mile time.
The Chi-Town Hustle name has graced all sorts of Dodge drag cars since the 1960s and the modern Chi-Town Hustler is based on a Dodge Omni funny car body. This Omni is driven by Mike Minick, son of Pat Minick who drove the Chi-Town Hustler cars in the heyday of grudge racing back in the 1970s and while the technology of this Dodge Omni has changed a bit since the early days of the sport, the car today looks a great deal like the Chi-Town cars of the 70s and 80s.
Most importantly, Mike Minick’s Dodge Omni funny car is very, very fast. Presumably powered by a monster Chrysler Hemi engine topped by a nice big supercharger, Mike drives this vintage looking Dodge funny car down the quarter mile in just 5.77 seconds with a trap speed of 237.55 miles per hour. Is that fast enough to beat the Flashback Trans Am in the far lane? Watch the video below to find out!