More and more drivers with 2005 and newer Gen III-powered Challengers, Demons, Hellcats, Chargers, 300s and Jeeps are discovering the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout at NMCA events this year, and to add to their enthusiasm, Dodge // Mopar covers the cost of the entry for the first 75 drivers who register for the category at any NMCA event.
Moving slightly west for the third event of the series, the NMCA returned to where it all started at Memphis International Raceway for the Inaugural Comp Cams NMCA Memphis Homecoming. At this event, the class saw familiar faces and many new faces as well, thanks to the new-for-2019 location on the NMCA event calendar.
Once the HEMI drivers had completed their three runs and the results were tallied, Herb Yellowdy was declared the overall winner with an 11.14 average, while Lee Segars was the runner-up with an 11.94 average. Jeff Smith—who collected the first win for a Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 1320—was the 12-second winner, Ken Mason was the 13-second winner, Joe Giordano was the 14-second winner and Jessica Rickey was the 15-second winner.
For 2019, the NMCA and Arrington Performance,—a purveyor of late-model Gen III HEMI go-fast parts—agreed to put on the Arrington Performance HEMI Quick 8 presented by Red Line Oil, which pits the eight quickest drivers in the HEMI Shootout category for a heads-up battle. When the dust settled, Herb Yellowdy landed the win with an 11.04 in his Challenger over Jeff Smith who clocked an 11.97 in his Challenger 1320.
The next stop on the 2019 NMCA Drag Racing Series presented by E3 Spark Plugs tour is the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by FST Carburetors held at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, in July. Until then, enjoy this photo gallery of the meanest, street-going Gen III HEMI cars around.