Comella Drives ’68 Cuda to Victory during 20th Anniversary Dodge HEMI® Challenge

September 4, 2021

, Indianapolis, IN

The 20th anniversary book of a Dodge HEMI® Challenge saw a new leader crowned during Lucas Oil Raceway as a dynamic Steve Comella gathering his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda from a runner-up finish in final year’s eventuality to acquire his initial feat during longest running, continuous, specialty foe in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history. 

Comella warranted a feat during a fan-favorite classical flesh automobile foe from a No. 1 qualifier position with a widespread opening by eliminations to allege to an sparkling final where he degraded Jim Daniels Jr., four-time (2016-2019) Dodge HEMI Challenge winner. He gathering his iconic Super Stock ’68 Cuda to an elapsed timed (E.T.) run of 8.364 seconds during 161.17 mph to kick his opponent’s 8.423 sec/ 158.02 mph pass underneath a lights during Lucas Oil Raceway in a late night showdown during a 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals on Friday. 

On his expostulate to a winner’s circle, Comella battled head-to-head opposite Steve Kent and initial eventuality leader Bucky Hess, and had a semifinal solo run when fortifying eventuality leader Stephen Yantus III wasn’t means to make a start due to a automatic issue. In a final opposite Daniels and his selected ’68 Dodge Dart, Comella overcame his opponent’s early lead by chasing him down and branch on a win lights with a 0.0202-second domain of victory.

Highlights of Comella’s opening by 5 rejecting rounds enclosed a lightning 0.001-second greeting time and a contingent of 8.3-second runs, a final of that gave him low E.T. and tip speed of a event. His efforts were rewarded with a desired custom-made 42.6-lb. prize crafted from a 426 HEMI cylinder head, a $15,000 award, and a measureless compensation that comes with a initial career win.

“At a impulse I’m exhausted, though this means a lot,” pronounced Comella, who finished runner-up to Yantus in final year’s book of a Dodge HEMI Challenge and has formerly warranted dual runner-up finishes in altogether NHRA Super Stock competition. “We’ve been chasing this for a while. Last year kind of felt like a mill in a shoe all year, so we motionless to unequivocally kind of put all into [this race] this year. It was a lot of work and here it (the trophy) is.”

While final year’s leader Yantus saw his efforts to urge his pretension come to an finish in a semifinals, his ’68 Barracuda came divided from a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals as a leader after being presented with NHRA’s special endowment for “Best Appearing Car”.

Fans can also demeanour for highlights of a 20th anniversary Dodge HEMI Challenge during NHRA coverage of a 67th annual Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals on Sunday Sept. 5, on FS1 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. and on a FOX inhabitant promote network from 1 – 4 p.m. EDT.
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