the twenty-first consecutive year, Scott Seiveking’s
SS Promotions presented fans of Chrysler Corporation products
with the original PentAStar-fest, Monster Mopar Weekend. The
three-day event packed over 820 vehicles into Gateway International
Raceway and featured what is still considered to be the most
diverse program in drag racing’s “Marque Event”
niche. Showcasing everything from Nostalgia Funny Cars to
the Slant Six Shootout to a massive 58-car Nostalgia Super
Stock field, MM XXI had it all.
One welcome addition to the 2005 race was NMRA/NSCA event
director Gene Bergstrom. The past NHRA Division Director finished
each of the first two days within thirty seconds of the 6:00
PM scheduled completion. On the event’s final day, late-round
oildowns pushed the final rounds to twenty-five minutes past
Bergstrom’s schedule. Race fans were elated; Bergstrom
was “slightly irritated.” At the conclusion of
the massive production, Bergstrom intimated, “The Gateway
crew had a lot to do with the success of the weekend. Reggie
Luter and his staff never missed a beat."
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ultimate in “Mopar Mania."
Derek Wilson’s Waterloo, Iowa
‘70 ‘Cuda sported 510 cubic inches of Wedge power
and launches like this on every pass on its way to a runner-up
to Steve Harvey’s ‘69 Road Runner in the MoPar
Wheelstanders division. General rule for the bracket class
is “four feet or higher”.
Mike Kokenes put his “Koke Machine”
632-inch ‘64 Polara into the Indy Cylinder Heads Quick16/Doorslammer
field with solid 7.20s but bowed in the semis with a loss
by ten thousandths of a second!