Near-stock Hellcat Challenger Wins Hemi Shootout in Georgia

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Challenger Hellcat runs a 10.94 at National Muscle Car Association’s event with only a cold air intake and a set of drag radials.

New for NMCA is the Dodge/Mopar Hemi Shootout at the 2018 NMCA All-Star Nationals April 5 to 8 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia. The Plum Crazy Hellcat Challenger shown here won the 11-second class. This car is driven by Thomas Smith, whose supercharged Dodge posted the quickest average of three runs in that time class, allowing him to take home one of the first NMCA Hemi Shootout trophies.

Smith Hellcat Challenger Driveway

This video comes from the YouTuber Jet Speed 302  and it showcases the quickest run of the event by Smith and his Hellcat Challenger.

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This Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is nearly stock, with the only changes from factory form being a cold air intake and a set of drag radial tires. So, this supercharged Mopar muscle car is making a little more power than stock and with the sticky tires, it has a bit better grip than a car with the factory tires.

Smith Hellcat in the Box

As it turns out, Smith would need that extra grip at the NMCA event in Atlanta.

Hemi Shootout #1

At the first NMCA event of 2018 to feature the Dodge/Mopar Hemi Shootout, Smith and his Plum Crazy Hellcat Challenger were able to run an 11.14, an 11.13 and the 10.94 shown above. That 10-second run is his best to date and it played a key role in his three-run average of 11.07.

Smith HEllcat Challenger Launch

The Hemi Shootout class is not a head-to-head class but instead, cars run against the clock and the quickest average of three runs in each second-bracket wins. In this case, Thomas Smith and his Dodge Challenger won the 11-second class with three solid runs on the slippery track.

In addition to the plaque shown here, Smith took home a check for $100 for turning in the quickest average time of the 11-second Hemi-powered cars at the Atlanta NMCA event.

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Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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