Middendorf to debut new wrap at Funny Car Chaos

Allan Middendorf will debut his newly designed “American Outlaw” this weekend at Funny Car Chaos at North Star Dragway in Denton, TX. He teamed up with Vinyl Images & Design out of Fenton, MO, to create this stunning new look. It was not an easy project, but the owner and designers were up to the challenge.


“At 3:30 in the morning I woke up with this vision of what I wanted and brought it to my designers. When you hear American Outlaw you think the Wild West, skulls and Jesse James. I also wanted the American flag to pop,” said Vinyl Images & Design owner and President, John Duever. “My designers Shawn Stein and Jeff Richter just nailed it. They brought my idea to life.”


Duever added, “I put my heart and soul into this car; I personally did the install myself. It took around 23 hours to finish it all up.”


The Illinois-based Middendorf has spent the last three years putting together his Funny Car operation, which made its first appearance at the 2018 World Series of Drag Racing. Over the winter the car was changed to a five-disc clutch system. Jake Sanders is crew chief for the team. 

World Fuel Altered Challenge scheduled for Australia

A couple of the Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rods at last June’s Perth Motorplex final.


Sydney Dragway will be the site of the World Fuel Altered Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 21, presented by Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rods. Four American cars, two New Zealanders and four Australians are set to battle it out at what will be the biggest gathering of Fuel Altereds ever seen outside of North America.


The U.S. contingent will be Ron Hope in the “Rat Trap”, “Pure Hell,” “High Heaven” and Randy Bradford’s Fiat. The New Zealanders are Morice McMillin driving “Spooky” and “Dangerous” Dave Gould in “Nightmare.” The home team of the Aeroflow Hot Rods will be led by Shane Olive.


“I’ll tell you now, our headquarters are here in Sydney and we plan on keep that World Fuel Altered Challenge trophy in the Aeroflow race shop!” quipped Olive.

Hemi Challenge returns to U.S. Nationals for 19th year

Jim Daniels’ son, Jimmy Daniels, made history last year by becoming the first driver to triumph in three consecutive events, claiming the 2018 NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge win to go along with his 2016-2017 victories. 


The Dodge//SRT brand will return as title sponsor of the NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, marking the 19th consecutive year of FCA US LLC sponsorship of the popular NHRA Sportsman event at the historic NHRA U.S. Nationals.


The 19th Annual NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge will fire up August 29-30 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis as part of the six days of race action at the 65th Annual U.S. Nationals. The event showcases Super Stock/A-HEMI (SS/AH) NHRA Sportsman class competitors battling on the quarter-mile in 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda machines powered by the Mopar 426 HEMI engine.


Competitors will vie for the unique 42.6-lb NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy, created as a callout to the 426 HEMI engine. All 16 drivers to reach the elimination rounds will receive cash rewards, with the winner walking away with the ultimate prize of the $15,000 winner’s purse.

New Product of the Day


Mopar unveils new 6.2L supercharged crate Hemi

The Mopar brand is unleashing a new Mopar 6.2L supercharged Crate HEMI® Engine Kit — nicknamed the “Hellcrate” — that injects 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque under the hood. The complete engine assembly includes water pump, flywheel and clutch, front sump oil pan, intake manifold with throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs. 



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