Dodge Teams Up With NMCA For The NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout

Do you have a modern Mopar muscle car that you are dying to take to the track? The NMCA is joining forces with the Dodge//SRT and Mopar brands to give the owners of 2005 and newer Mopar-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs a chance to race in the NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout at NMCA events in 2018.

At every NMCA event in 2018, Challenger, Charger, Demon, Chrysler 300, Ram Truck, and Jeep owners will have the opportunity to come out and race for free. The NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout will be open to the first 75 owners that reserve their spot online at for each NMCA event. As an added bonus, all the NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout racing will be broadcast LIVE on

Those Dodge owners that register will be treated to a national event-level racing experience at each NMCA event. There will be plenty of racing on Saturday during the NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout as competitors get to make three passes to see who has the quickest and fastest average during the Shootout for each class. Racers will also have the opportunity to race on Sunday during the bracket racing portion of the NMCA event.

Check out the full press release below from FCA North America about this exciting opportunity for Dodge owners!

Official Press Release

March 6, 2018, Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Dodge//SRT and Mopar brands are teaming up with the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) to offer complimentary customer drag racing experiences exclusively at NMCA race events for the 2018 season. Mopar-powered competitors in model year 2005 and newer FCA US LLC vehicles will receive complimentary entry to battle it out in the NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI® Shootout category, giving owners the opportunity to race their vehicles in a sanctioned and secure drag strip environment.

Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout fields are expected to draw a unique mix of modern-day FCA US vehicle nameplates, such as Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles in a variety of models, including the 485-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger Scat Pack models, 707-horsepower Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, as well as Chrysler 300, Ram truck and Jeep® vehicles.

The NMCA season kicks off with the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, March 8-11, 2018.

“The National Muscle Car Association series is an excellent venue for Dodge//SRT and Mopar to give owners of our modern-day FCA US LLC vehicles, including the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, the opportunity to drag race in a sanctioned, controlled environment,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “We’re continuing our efforts to take racing off the street and put it where it belongs — the drag strip — by providing complimentary entry into the Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout category.”

“Together, the Mopar and Dodge brands share a long and respected legacy in the world of drag racing, and we’re proud to add another chapter to that tradition with this new initiative in the NMCA,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “Mopar is about providing owners with the tools they need to not only be fast on the strip, but also secure on the streets, and this new program helps us push forward to reaching those goals.”

Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout: The Facts

Vehicles entered in the Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout must be licensed, insured and street driven, on street-legal tires and must be model year 2005 or newer FCA US vehicles (Viper models permitted). While geared toward Gen III HEMI-engine-powered machines, vehicles with alternate Mopar engines will also be eligible for complimentary entry.

The Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout class is open to the first 75 vehicle owners to register for each NMCA event, with each complimentary entry — valued up to $175 — good for one car/driver participant credential. Vehicle owners can register online at for the Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout, which will be featured at all six races on the 2018 NMCA national event schedule. NMCA membership not required to participate.

NMCA will offer Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout competitors an easy and fun experience, with personalized, step-by-step instruction available. The Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout will take place on Saturday at each NMCA event, but all participants are welcome to arrive on Thursday and/or Friday of race weekend for early registration, instruction and test-and-tune passes down the dragstrip. Competitors are encouraged to race at their own pace, depending on each participant’s comfort level.

Although competitors will stage side-by-side for runs down the quarter-mile, drivers will not race head-to-head. Participants will compete against the clock and will be measured in elapsed time (ET) down the track, taking reaction time off the starting line out of the equation.

Participants will be allowed three passes down the drag strip. NMCA staff will average the three passes by each competitor, with the quickest averages in seven different ET categories — from the nine to 15 second ET range — earning an award and $100 cash courtesy of NMCA. The overall ET runner-up will also receive $100 and an award, with the quickest overall ET winner taking home $250 and the NMCA Victor award.

Each Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout participant will also receive a free collectible license plate. As an added bonus, participants who would like to extend their racing experience will also receive complimentary entry into the Sunday Bracket 3/Street class at each NMCA event.

Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout Coverage

Event coverage can be viewed on NMCA’s live feed, and in Fastest Street Car magazine.

Coverage can also be found on the new one-stop destination for Dodge and Mopar drag racing news — Dodge Garage ( Dodge Garage is a digital content hub and premier destination for Dodge and Mopar drag racing and muscle car enthusiasts.

For complete rules and entry guidelines as well as registration information on the NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout, visit

2018 NMCA Event Schedule

16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem

Bradenton Motorsports Park – Bradenton, Florida

March 8-11, 2018

10th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals

Atlanta Dragway – Commerce, Georgia

April 5-8, 2018

17th Annual NMCA Bluegrass Nationals

Beech Bend Raceway – Bowling Green, Kentucky

May 17-20, 2018

13th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing

Route 66 Raceway – Joliet, Illinois

July 26-29, 2018

17th Annual NMCA All-American Nationals

Summit Motorsports Park – Norwalk, OH

August 23-26, 2018

17th Annual NMCA World Street Finals

Lucas Oil Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

September 20-23, 2018

About the author

Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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