Enthusiasts: Hellcats & Scat Packs Shoot It Out In Las Vegas!

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Dodge Hellcats and 392 Scat Packs converged on Las Vegas to go drag racing heads-up against each other at Mopars At The Strip on April 22, 2017. Putting things into perspective, the "lowly" Scat Pack 392 can click off solid 12s just as easily as going to the grocery store for ice cream. Not even the vaunted '66-71 Street Hemi could do that in bone-stock trim back in the day. Hellcats are even quicker, cranking out 11s with stock tires at altitude and high 10s with slicks.

Better start packing your bags for Las Vegas ! With the Hellcat getting all the attention in the Chrysler family, the amazing 392 Scat Pack Challenger and Charger have been flying under the radar as the biggest performance value in the Dodge lineup. If you look at the overall performance of the 6.4L Scat Pack versus the cost of entry, it 's easy to see why the little bumblebee has been so popular with both traditional Mopar fans and conquest buyers.

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This year at Las Vegas on April 22, 2017, we continued our quest for the fastest Hellcats and Scat Packs , and once again saw strong performances. Early on, we spotted Scott Herring, Walter Escobar, and Donald Halm as top contenders in the Hellcat camp. With some serious mid-10-second timeslips, any one of them could’ve emerged In the Scat Pack Challenge, Jesse Rose was the stand out all day as his Magnacharger-blown 2016 Challenger was deep in the 11s. With a trap speed of over 130 mph, Rose was clearly suffering from a loss of traction that otherwise would’ve put him in league with the Hellcats .

Our favorite modern Hemi street cars invade Las Vegas to go heads up drag racing! We are without a doubt at the pinnacle of factory performance. With the debut of the 800-plus hp Dodge Demon, the Hellcat with its 707 hp and the Scat Pack with “just” 485 hp are players in the back-up band—but what a hell of a back-up band it is. Kind of like saying Eddie and Alex Van Halen are David Lee Roth’s roadies. Putting things into perspective, the “lowly” Scat Pack 392 can click off solid 12s just as easily as going to the grocery store for ice cream.

We are without a doubt at the pinnacle of factory performance. With the debut of the 800-plus hp Dodge Demon, the Hellcat with its 707 hp and the Scat Pack with "just" 485 hp are players in the back-up band—but what a hell of a back-up band it is. Kind of like saying Eddie and Alex Van Halen are David Lee Roth's roadies. Putting things into perspective, the "lowly" Scat Pack 392 can click off solid 12s just as easily as going to the grocery store for ice cream. Not even the vaunted '66-71 Street Hemi could do that in bone-stock trim back in the day. Hellcats are even quicker, cranking out 11s with stock tires at altitude and high 10s with slicks. Put the street tires back on and hit the highway with 22 mpg. Three years after the first Hellcat, we now see them regularly in the 9s with nothing but simple bolt-ons, but even that pales in comparison to the new Demon.

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Hellcats & Scat Packs Shoot It Out In Las Vegas !

Dodge for their part say go right ahead and race them—we'll cover you on the factory warranty. Who are we to argue with them? The Dodge faithful have opted into the revolution, gobbling up Scat Packs and Hellcats by the thousands. Moreover, they have actively sought out opportunities to race against the cross-town rivals at Chevy and Ford. With Chevy cranking up the heat with the Camaro ZL1 and Ford following up the rear with the Shelby GT350, it's not uncommon to see battles break out on the street and at the track. The Dodges—especially the Hellcat—have no problem breaking hearts and taking money, so to keep things interesting, we wanted to see which guys and gals have the fastest Hellcats and Scat Packs in the land.

To do that, Mopar Muscle teamed up with Phil Painter, who puts on a shindig in Las Vegas called MATS—which most people word-associate with "Mopars At The Strip." We created two classes: The Scat Pack Challenge and the Hellcat Shootout. Both classes run heads-up, and require the cars to be registered, licensed, insured, and driven on the street. Beyond that, any mods are allowed.

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Hellcats & Scat Packs Shoot It Out In Las Vegas ! Dodge Hellcats and 392 Scat Packs converged on Las Vegas to go drag racing heads-up against each other at Mopars At The Strip on April 22, 2017.

Last year at our first Vegas race, Al Jiminez won the Hellcat Shootout with a 10.96/128.8 [click here] while David Boyer's Charger cleaned up in the Scat Pack class with a 12.04/117.3 [click here]. That went so well, we did it again in St. Louis for the Monster Muscle Weekend in St. Louis [click here], where Catie Schmidt took the Hellcat crown with a 10.84/126.7 and Mike Muenz took Scat Pack honors with a 12.08/114.2.

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This year at Las Vegas on April 22, 2017, we continued our quest for the fastest Hellcats and Scat Packs, and once again saw strong performances. Early on, we spotted Scott Herring, Walter Escobar, and Donald Halm as top contenders in the Hellcat camp. With some serious mid-10-second timeslips, any one of them could've emerged victorious. And since you're wrongly thinking it, don't assume that 10s are slow for Las Vegas, because the altitude density, temperature, headwind, and ambient dust level is typically very high, slowing cars significantly. At the end of the day, Walter Escobar proved his mettle with a final-round performance of 10.74/132.2 to Mark Aletto's slowing 13.38/113.6.

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In the Scat Pack Challenge, Jesse Rose was the stand out all day as his Magnacharger-blown 2016 Challenger was deep in the 11s. With a trap speed of over 130 mph, Rose was clearly suffering from a loss of traction that otherwise would've put him in league with the Hellcats. While not as fast as Tim Hayes's Kenne-Bell blown Scat Pack Challenger that we saw in St. Louis (10.50/131), keep in mind the far less favorable track and atmospheric conditions in Las Vegas. We think these two cars would make an awesome Scat Pack pairing if we could ever get the two together. Which brings up another point: we've not yet seen the East Coast guys or the West Coast guys make the journey to the opposite coast for either Hellcat or Scat Pack competition. It would be nice to see that change—especially for the West Coast guys who have a harder time hooking in the high desert. Next stop for the Hellcat Shootout and Scat Pack Challenge: the St. Louis Monster Musclecar Weekend!

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Hellcat Shootout Results
Round 1
Driver:Hometown:Model:R/T:E.T.:MPH:
Donald HalmApple Valley, CA2016 Challenger.05011.65694.33
Dave MittenPleasant Grove, UT2015 Challenger.22811.990121.85
Russell MartinLas Vegas, NV2015 Challenger.10411.094124.08
Rae KraskaSacramento, CA2016 Charger.34812.317119.82
Albert O'NeilSilverdale, WA2016 Challenger.11012.021119.17
Tony RawlingsPreston, ID2015 Challenger.79212.878119.90
Mark AlettoSalt Lake City, UT2016 Challenger.40512.639116.72
Steve BrockMyrtle Beach, SC2016 Challenger.20712.907116.83
Vee MendozaLas Vegas, NV2017 Challenger.60512.354121.54
Brandon WilkinsonNorth Highlands, CA2016 Challenger.45012.684111.60
Scott HerringS. Jordan, UT2015 Charger.08510.560129.52
Mike Cunningham Jr.Las Vegas, NV2016 Charger.26711.895120.08
Walter EscobarLong Beach, CA2015 Challenger.53711.481132.11
Tom GipeCypress, CA2015 Challenger.26112.632121.27
Round 2
Walter EscobarLong Beach, CA2015 Challenger.40310.718131.55
Donald HalmApple Valley, CA2016 Challenger-.00210.437130.08
Russell MartinLas Vegas, NV2015 Challenger.29811.072123.69
Vee MendozaLas Vegas, NV2017 Challenger.66612.214121.50
Mark AlettoSalt Lake City, UT2016 Challenger.27813.381111.59
Albert O'NeilSilverdale, WA2016 Challenger-.03312.177118.94
Round 3
Walter EscobarLong Beach, CA2015 Challenger.36110.728123.81
Russell MartinLas Vegas, NV2015 Challenger.10311.099124.60
Mark AlettoSalt Lake City, UT2016 Challenger.16912.732113.45
bye
Finals
Walter Escobar (win)Long Beach, CA2015 Challenger.39510.744132.26
Mark Aletto (runner up)Salt Lake City, UT2016 Challenger.27013.387113.65
Scat Pack Challenge Results
Round 1
Dwayne KarrN. Las Vegas, NV2015 Challenger SRT 392.32212.868110.02
Bob SchelbPeoria, AZ2016 Charger SRT 392.61613.563105.09
Lane WattsPeoria, AZ2015 Challenger.13412.566108.74
David BoyerChaparral, NM2015 Charger.46312.391109.73
Jesse RoseEphrata, WA2016 Challenger.55511.317128.62
Chris YunezPhoenix, AZ2016 Challenger.28612.509108.47
Round 2
Jesse RoseEphrata, WA2016 Challenger.38811.237129.38
Dwayne KarrN. Las Vegas, NV2015 Challenger SRT 392-.19212.891109.93
Lane WattsPeoria, AZ2015 Challenger.16912.611109.01
bye
Finals
Jesse Rose (win)Ephrata, WA2016 Challenger.77711.190130.08
Lane Watts (runner up)Peoria, AZ2015 Challenger.20512.712108.59

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HELLCAT SHOOTOUT

2015 Hellcat Challenger

Chris Mitten; Pleasant Grove, UT

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

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Mods: all stock with Nitto NT555R Drag Radials, 315/35R20

Chassis dyno HP: 641

Best previous e.t.: 10.96/126.1

2015 Hellcat Challenger

Walter Escobar; Long Beach, CA

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Transmission: 6-speed manual

Mods: American Racing long-tube headers, Flowmaster exhaust, Magnaflow mufflers, AFE cold air intake, DiabloSport Q16 tune, 2.5-inch Metco pulley, carbon fiber hood and decklid, Barton short-throw shifter, Bad Boyzz clutch, Hoosier 28/10.0-17 slicks

Chassis dyno HP: 835

Best previous e.t.: 10.6/137

2016 Hellcat Challenger

Donald Halm; Apple Valley, CA

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 10.80/126

2017 Hellcat Challenger

Vee Mendoza; Las Vegas, NV

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Mods: all stock, Nitto NT555R 275/40R20 Drag Radials

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: n/a

2016 Hellcat Challenger

Brandon Wilkinson; Sacramento, CA

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Transmission: 6-speed manual

Mods: all stock, DiabloSport Trinity 1000 tune, cut-off resonators, Mickey Thompson 305/35R20 ET Drag radials

Chassis dyno HP: 670 hp

Best previous e.t.: 11.7/118

2015 Hellcat Charger

Scott Herring; South Jordan, UT

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Mods: Innovators West underdrive crank pulley, Metco 2.85-inch blower pulley (12.5 psi), American Racing long-tube headers, 1,000cc injectors, Brisk platinum spark plugs, AFE cold-air intake, DiabloSport Trinity PCM tune, Mickey Thompson 305/45R17 ET Street R Drag Radials

Chassis dyno HP: 814 hp

Best previous e.t.: 11.47/124

2016 Hellcat Charger

Michael Cunningham; Las Vegas, NV

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Mods: all stock, Legmaker cold-air intake, Hoosier 28/10.0-17 slicks

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 11.1/124

2016 Hellcat Challenger

Mark Aletto; Salt Lake City, UT

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Transmission: 6-speed manual

Mods: all stock, Nitto 305/40R20 NT555R Drag Radials

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 12.31/118

2016 Hellcat Challenger

Albert O'Neil; Silverdale, WA

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Transmission: 6-speed manual

Mods: all stock, Nitto 305/40R20 NT555R Drag Radials

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t: n/a

2016 Hellcat Challenger Hurst Edition

Steve Brock; Myrtle Beach, SC

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Transmission: 6-speed manual

Mods: mechanically all stock, Nitto 305/40R20 NT555R Drag Radials

Chassis dyno HP: 647 hp

Best previous e.t.: n/a

2015 Hellcat Challenger

Tony Rawlings; Preston, ID

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Mods: all stock

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 12.02/119

2016 Hellcat Charger

Rae Kraska; Sacramento, CA

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Mods: all stock

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 11.7/122

2015 Hellcat Challenger

Russ Martin; North Las Vegas, NV

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Mods: DSS carbon fiber driveshaft, AFE cold-air intake, DiabloSport Trinity tune; Mickey Thompson 305/45R18 ET Street R Drag Radials

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 11.23/123

SCAT PACK CHALLENGE

2016 Scat Pack 392 Challenger

Chris Yunez; Phoenix, AZ

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Mods: all stock, Mickey Thompson 305/35R20 ET Street S/S Drag Radials

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 12.1/109

2015 Scat Pack 392 Charger

David Boyer; Chaparral, NM

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Chassis dyno HP: 543 hp

Best previous e.t.: 11.3/121

2016 Scat Pack 392 Challenger

Lane Watts; Peoria, AZ

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Mods: DiabloSport Trinity with HemiFever tune, Hellcat airbox, electric exhaust cutouts, Mickey Thompson 275/40R20 ET Street S/S Drag Radials

Chassis dyno HP: 460 hp

Best previous e.t.: 12.52/109

2016 Dodge SRT 392 Charger

Bob Schelb; Peoria, AZ

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 12.7/109

2015 Dodge SRT 392 Challenger

Dwayne Karr; North Las Vegas, NV

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: 12.5/111

2016 Scat Pack 392 Challenger

Jesse Rose; Ephrata, WA

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Transmission: 6-speed manual

Mods: DiabloSport Trinity tune, Magnacharger supercharger kit, Nitrous Outlet kit, Mahle forged pistons, Molnar rods, DSS axles and driveshaft, Hop Not kit, Tazer line lock, McLeod clutch, Barton shifter, Hoosier 28/10-17 slicks

Chassis dyno HP: n/a

Best previous e.t.: n/a

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