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 |  Apr 11 2011, 11:16 AM

It’s only been out for a month, but now, thanks to the efforts of veteran racer Dave Thomas; the 2011 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak (Mopar’s spelling not ours), has blazed into the history books.

During a test session at Atco Raceway in New Jersey last week, in preparation for the NHRA Division 1 National Open; Thomas rattled off an Elapsed Time of 9.43 seconds at 143.90 mph in the quartermile, setting a new fastest record in the process.

Thomas, who’s been drag racing since 1971, took delivery of his turn-key drag spec Challenger just two weeks prior. Powered by a version of the Viper’s 500 cubic inch V-10 and equipped with a two-speed drag transmission and solid rear axle, plus a competition fuel system; Thomas says the only changes from what Mopar offers out of the box were adding weight bars.

“It’s a spectacular car,” he said. “On its first-ever run, the car went a 9.79 at 137 mph. It’s a turn-key operation. There are no headaches involved in setting it up at all. You just get in there and drive it. It’s neat that the factory can make something like this.”

Report: Finalists Chosen in Chevy Volt Color Contest

Names include punny EV-ergreen and environMINT

 |  Nov 16 2009, 3:11 PM

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After 13,000 entries, Chevy has narrowed it down to three finalists in its Volt Color Contest. Among them are Devin McQuarrie of San Jose, CA, with the name EV-ergreen; Dave Thomas of Sanford, FL, with the name Viridian Joule; and Matthew Valbuena of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, with environMINT.

Chevy is now asking the public to visit http://www.chevroletvoltage.com to vote for their favorite. Votes will be accepted until 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 1st. All finalists will be flown to Los Angeles for an event prior to the LA Auto Show, where the winner will be announced. The winner will be one of the very first individuals outside General Motors to drive the company’s revolutionary new plug-in hybrid.

Official release after the jump:

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