This season in X275, records have been set and reset for every combination in the class at a dizzying pace. The Bruder Brothers and Ron Rhodes have been locked in thermo nuclear war to see who can reign as king of the class, but they better pay attention, as there’s also a black beast stalking them, and it’s a Mopar. This past weekend at the Imports versus Domestics World Cup Finals, Frank Mewshaw piloted Rob Goss’s sharp 2009 ProCharger-equipped Dodge Challenger to the top spot at the World Cup in the X275 vs Hot Rod, running a staggering 6.97 at 201 mph, becoming the quickest X275-legal car in the quarter-mile and the first into the sixes.
Goss’s Challenger began as a Drag Pak car that had been previously campaigned in the southern part of the United States. The Mopar made its way into Goss’s hands, was raced as is, but then was sent to Rhodes Custom Auto, where it gained a 25.3 chassis and new headers for the BES-built, 404 cubic inch Gen3 Hemi to breathe out of. The final product was a stunning and unique race car that looks amazing and has the ability to run at the front of the ultra-competitive X275 class and NMCA Street Outlaw class.
At the World Cup Finals, Mewshaw, a veteran Super Street 10.5 and now radial tire racer, stepped into the driver’s seat of the Challenger and was able to negotiate the tricky track conditions to rip off the blistering 6.97, and made it look easy. This pass also made Goss’s hot rod the quickest and fastest Gen3 Challenger in the world. The pass was made while wearing an F-1X ProCharger and a Chris Alston gear drive unit instead of the F1-X-12R that hangs up front in NMCA Street Outlaw trim.