eBay Find: Turbo-Hemi ’70 Challenger Raced By NASCAR’s Kurt Busch

NASCAR star Kurt Busch may make his living driving around in circles for hours — quite successfully we should add, earning a Cup Series championship and 42 victories in all across NASCAR’s three top-tier series — but he’s also one of us. Back in 2011, he qualified in Pro Stock at the NHRA Gatornationals in a Dodge Avenger prepared by Allen Johnson, but even before that, he had displayed an interest in drag racing.

In 2008, Busch purchased a 1970 Dodge Challenger — reportedly via eBay, ironically, but unconfirmed — and, with the assistance of Jesse Walker, Project Manager at the Mooresville, N.C..-based Kurt Busch Inc., transformed it into a thoroughbred drag racing machine equally capable of cruising North Carolina boulevards.

The pair put a stroked 6.1-liter Hemi in the car, built upon a Mopar aluminum with a Bryant Racing custom ground crankshaft, Carrillo H-beam rods, and Mahle pistons. Thitek billet cylinder heads contain a Jesel valvetrain controlled by a Comp custom-ground turbo camshaft, and it’s all topped with a Wilson Manifolds throttle body, Injector dynamics ID1000 Injectors, and managed by a FAST fuel injection fuel management system. A Precision 110mm turbocharger delivered added oomph, paired with Precision dual wastegates and a KBI custom water-to-air intercooler.

All told, the combination was said to have produced 1,300 peak horsepower, and 1,000-horses on 12 psi of boost while burning E85. A Powerglide transmission built by Bernard Weaver was paired with a Greg Slack torque converter and SFI-approved ATI bellhousing to back up the power, sending it through a Driveshaft Shop driveshaft on its way to a Speedway Engineering custom Ford 9-inch rearend.

A full custom chromoly chassis was built with a tubular front crossmember, custom control arms, a four-link rear with a wishbone, and a four-wheel disc brake system.

 

Busch campaigned the car in Super Gas at the 2010 edition of the Gatornationals, and also appeared in a race on PINKS: All Out that same year. But not much has been seen or heard of the car, until now.

Concord-area auto consignment firm Streetside Classics has listed the car on eBay for an asking sum of $93,995, which isn’t out line for a show-quality car with presumably low miles that will undoubtedly run in the eights. And in fact, those comfy front seats look prime for some drag-and-drive mileage, if you ask us.

There are many more photos of the car in the ad, which you can browse here.

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Andrew Wolf

Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
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