Mopar®/Dodge NHRA Sportsman Spotlight: Southern Nationals

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Helms and Duell are Top Dodge Finishers

Two cars featuring Mopar® power went deep into the elimination rounds in the Sportsman ranks at the NHRA Southern Nationals in May.

In Super Stock, Kevin Helms of Schriever, Louisiana, advanced to the semifinals in his FSS/E 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Helms, a four-time Stock Eliminator world champion and Stock winner in Houston two weeks ago, this week clicked off rounds in Super Stock backed by his stout Southland Dodge team. Helms’ day ended with a breakout pass of 9.420 seconds at 137.51 mph after a .037-second reaction time. His dial-in was 9.44.

Meanwhile, Douglas Duell of Newburgh, Indiana, took his C/SA 1969 Plymouth Barracuda, powered by a 440, to the fourth round of Stock Eliminator competition. There, he just missed the tree and went red. His best pass came in the third round with an E.T. of 10.571 seconds at 112.57 mph on a 10.51 dial-in. He left the starting line with a .068-second reaction time.

For their efforts, Helms and Duell each will receive $500 as the Dodge Top Finisher. The program provides the cash incentive to the highest finishing Dodge or Plymouth vehicle in both Stock Eliminator and Super Stock at all 24 NHRA national events in 2017.

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