ACTION PACKED: Around 70 Australian and American cars will hit the Warwick Dragway for the sixth Mopar Muscle Weekend, hosted by the Queensland Chrysler Association.
ACTION PACKED: Around 70 Australian and American cars will hit the Warwick Dragway for the sixth Mopar Muscle Weekend, hosted by the Queensland Chrysler Association. Contributed

Racers look to dial in at Mopar Muscle

DRAG RACING: Nominating the correct dial time will be key for drivers at the Mopar Muscle Weekend at Warwick Dragway this weekend.

In races, each driver cannot go faster than their nominated time or the win is handed to the other driver, but they must still beat the other driver across the line.

Queensland Chrysler Association president Darryl Elliot said the format added extra intrigue to the racing.

"Drag racing is a lot more technical than it looks," Elliot said.

"It's all about the start, getting a good start is crucial and it wins races.

"The drivers will do their practice runs and then nominate a time.

"If you beat your nominated time it's called selling out but you still want to be first across the line."

The event will be a stand-alone one, with testing and tuning on Saturday and three rounds of racing on Sunday.

A show-and-shine will also take place, while the cars will be on display at Leslie Park from 10am to noon on Saturday for the public to browse.

While there are no competition leaders due to it being a stand-alone event, Elliot said there were four drivers to keep an eye on.

"Gary Smith from Hervey Bay, Ken Willing from Townsville, Greg Wade from Brisbane and Dave Hillman from Brisbane are four racers to watch out for," he said.

A variety of cars will also provide plenty of entertainment.

"There will be Australian cars such as your Valiants," Elliot said.

"Then there will be plenty of American cars like Chryslers, Dodges and more."

Elliot said Warwick Dragway was fun strip to race on.

"There's always a good atmosphere," he said.



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