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Brent Jones Named 3rd Mopar "Top Eliminator" For 2013

Mopar, Top Eliminator, Brent Jones, NHRA, Challenger Drag Pak
Posted September 23 2013 11:00 AM by Scott Ross 
Filed under: Mopar News

Brent Jones & his '10 Challenger Drag Pak--2013's third "Mopar Top Eliminator"

For years, the line between "Show cars" and "Go Cars" wasn't crossed too many times, other than by local racers aiming for their home track's "Best Appearing Car" awards.

That line's been crossed, with a Race Hemi at full Brent Jones' "Knox County Driller " '10 Challenger Drag Pak is the third winner this year of Mopar's "Top Eliminator" award.

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Under the old-school colors, it's all modern Mopar!

Mopar’s “Top Eliminator” program added the 2010 “Knox County Driller” Mopar Challenger Drag Pak owned by Brent Jones of Wheatland, Indiana, as the third 2013 winner in Mopar's long-running customized and performance vehicle program.

Competing at the 59th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Brent is the first Mopar-powered Sportsman racer to receive the award that highlights passionate and dedicated Mopar enthusiasts who display unmatched skill in modifying or preserving a classic or modern-day Chrysler Group vehicle.

Brent Jones & his '10 Challenger Drag Pak--2013's third "Mopar Top Eliminator"

“It’s amazing, just a great honor,” says Brent, who also reached the final round of Super Stock H/A class eliminations at Indianapolis. “It was very rewarding, to see all the time and money spent on this project pay off, and in its very first event.” Brent also  helped in coordinating the build by his father and co-owner, Donald Jones.

“It’s a fun car to drive,” he adds.“It’s cool to be the first race car recognized as a Mopar ‘Top Eliminator.” I was very surprised--I didn’t expect this at all. I’m going to put the trophy in the office, where everyone can see it!"

Brent Jones, on his way to the Super Stock H/A final at Indy.

As a new addition to the program, the third "Mopar Top Eliminator" vehicle selection focused on the top rides that raced at the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway this past Labor Day weekend. Similar to the current “Top Eliminator” criteria, this program expansion honors an entrant’s performance and personal statement brought to life in the vehicle they compete in during race weekends. 

Making its debut at Indy, the 2010 “Knox County Driller” Mopar Challenger Drag Pak, finished in NHRA Super Stock racing configuration, sports a Mopar 5.7L Hemi engine and a Chrysler transmission. The build, which took more than two years, includes crushed velvet in the interior, including on the dash, seats, wheel tubs, door panels and floor mats. The custom paint is Pagan Gold and Candy Wine Red, with Gold Leaf Hemi logos on the hood scoop.

Over 4,500 hours of build time went into this show & go Mopar

Car builder Michael Roth, owner of MR2 Performance, spearheaded the project for Jones, with a total of 4,500 work hours logged to bring the vehicle to life, and give it its unique appearance.

“I pride myself in attention to detail,” said Roth. “The crushed velvet on the interior matches with the paint scheme, and it also provides a 1970s-era Pro Stock vibe.”

The two previous 2013 winners selected as Mopar “Top Eliminator” (which you've previously read about on this blog)
were Bill Mann’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T from Piscataway, New Jersey, which was chosen at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals; and a 1964 Plymouth Savoy owned by Miles Watsko of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, selected at the Midwest Mopars' annual "Midwest Mopars in the Park" show in Farmington, Minnesota.

This fall, candidates for a fourth Mopar “Top Eliminator” winning vehicle will be selected online, allowing you to upload images of your Moparized ride, with a fan vote selecting the best among those submitted and posted.


(Courtesy Mopar)



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