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Modern Street Hemi Shootout at Rockingham Dragway this week

Kevin Helmick of New Bern will have his Grumpy Cat in the Modern Street Hemi Shootout at Rockingham Dragway.
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ROCKINGHAM — Al Gennarelli and his son Alex will roll their Dodge Challengers to the starting line this week as the point leaders in their respective classes as the 2022 Modern Street Hemi Shootout makes its first appearance of the year at Rockingham Dragway in an event presented by Sipple’s Speed and Performance.

Coming off a victory in the most recent event at Richmond, Virginia, the elder Gennarelli leads air traffic controller and MSHS series founder Dan VanHorn of Stafford, Virginia, and Kevin Helmick of New Bern in the current Outlaw Hemi driver standings. Alex leads Canadian Andrew Makkinga, driver of a head-turning twin turbo 2004 Dodge RAM Bumble Bee truck, in the Pro (9.50) standings.

In addition to the Genarellis, the Rockingham lineup also is expected to include Chris Harrigan of Orlando, Florida, who drove his Charger to the King of the Hill title at Richmond after earlier winning Super Pro, Hubert’s Ron Polidora and his venerable 1964 Dodge Polara and Ed Springstead of Houma, Louisiana, last year’s “Boost and Juice” winner and most recently the winner of the Hemi Challenge at The Rock’s NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals.

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Open to all Gen3 hemi vehicles, the MSHS has become the “go to” series for Mopar enthusiasts with classes for all builds and skill levels including Outlaw, Super Pro, Heavyweight, Pro, Modified, Super Stock, Street, 10.00 and Rookie.

The action begins Friday with a MSHS welcome party at the track. Gates open at noon Saturday with qualifying at 2 p.m. and Sunday gates at 8 a.m. with racing at 10.  Admission is $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday with kids under six free with a ticketed adult. 

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