All-Stock Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 1320 Runs 11.30s

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All-Stock Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 1320 Runs 11.30s

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Possessed by Demons: This All-Stock Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 1320 Runs 11.30s
For 5 years, Dodge made the secretive and super-fast Scat Pack 1320, the quickest naturally aspirated muscle car Dodge ever built. ... -race-car/
The fog shrouding Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Beech Bend Raceway Park thickened, then turned to a light rain. With the starting-line action shut down at Holley’s Moparty last fall, I had slogged through the track’s grassy back forty to check out a rare car that snagged my attention: one of Dodge’s innocuous-looking Challenger Scat Pack 1320s. Built at a time that seems like a hundred years ago, the 1320 was Dodge’s homage to the regular Joe who loved drag racing but who couldn’t afford a Hellcat or a 2018 Dodge Demon.

When it was introduced to the public in 2019, following the watershed 840-hp Demon, the entry price for the Scat Pack 1320—at $46,080—seemed scandalously low to those in the know. Comprised of all the salient traction technologies found in the Demon—line-lock, torque reserve, beefed-up axles and driveshaft, trans brake, aggressive rear gearing, active drag suspension, drag radials on special wheels—the Scat Pack 1320 was what even Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis described as the “power-adder prep package.” Yet, even in completely stock form with no prepping with nitrous or a blower, Dodge promised 11.70 e.t.s from its 485-hp 392ci V-8 Hemi—a number that turns out to be as conservative as it is impressive.

That was an incomprehensible six years ago. Between 2019 and 2022 (Dodge built the 1320 in 2023 but never reported production numbers), just 2,457 Scat Pack 1320s were built, and if you didn’t get one, too bad. Billy Jack Hazlett, a 44-year-old Dodge salesman from Stanford, Kentucky, knew a good deal when he saw it and didn’t waste any time ordering his 2020 Scat Pack 1320. Technically, Billy Jack bought it for his dad, Jack, an old-school racer who still liked heading to the track from time to time.

“My dad drag raced for many, many years, and he got a little older, went on disability, so he was wanting to get back into an old car,” says Billy Jack. “I thought the 1320 would make him a perfect car with A/C, warranty, drivability, and he could still go to the track and knock out some pretty quick times with it.” That’s when the Dodge salesman (who worked at Bob Allen Motor Mall in Danville, Kentucky) put in the special order for the TorRed 1320. Just one of 410 built in 2020, the Scat Pack 1320 has been in service performing its intended task ever since, improving its e.t. and garnering new fans in the process.

In the four years Billy Jack Hazlett and family have owned the car, it has improved its quarter-mile e.t. from a 12-oh at between 112 and 114 mph in completely stock trim, to a best of 11.36 at 118 mph in current trim—a timeslip that comes without the benefit of many modifications. In fact, other than a wheel and tire change and some modest weight reduction, almost nothing has been done to this Scat Pack

In the car’s early days, it was driven mostly by Billy Jack’s dad. “I’d say in his first year with the car, he made 80 or 90 passes in it, and the fastest my dad ever got was around 11.87.” Billy Jack draws a sharp breath before adding, “I’d always kind of get on him a little bit telling him the car would go faster, and he says ‘It’s an automatic, there’s nothing more you can do with it,’ so I had to get in the car and show him there is a few more little tricks.” And about those little tricks: as an employee at a performance-oriented Dodge dealership, Billy Jack had access to all the good parts and people such a situation would afford.

Of course, in factory stock trim, the Scat Pack 1320 is no slouch.

“On the very first day we had the car, on the factory 20-inch tires that came on it, it was right at 12.0s. That was very good just to get in the car, get comfortable, and figure out what it liked,” says Billy Jack. Then it was on to the free, low-hanging fruit. “These cars really, really love cool air, so I did notice, like in between rounds, we would throw fans on it and get the motor cooled back down. What we had done to pick the car up was pull the front seat out, pull the back seat out, we then went with my 17-inch wheels and tires, and pull the swaybar link out the front. Total weight, we probably lost right at 200 pounds on the car.”

Through all of this, Billy Jack has been active on Facebook’s invitation-only Scat Pack 1320 group, a tight-knit clan that tries to improve upon the 1320’s performance without resorting much to massive infusions of parts and cash. These grassroots racers lend advice, provide a helping hand, and engage in friendly rivalries. Over the years, an informal quickest top 10 list has developed, and among those with similarly modded cars, Billy Jack’s 1320 is typically around number three behind Tommy Marauder (at 11.30) and Tim Holmberg (11.20).

“Tim Holmberg was one of the guys that I watched who was going really fast,” says Billy Jack. “I would reach out to him, and he would shoot me over a few little things that I needed to do. There are some guys that like to be secretive, but we’ve all got our own tricks that we do to make these cars a little faster than the other guy. Most of the time, we go on there and share our story and others know what you gotta do to go fast. At the end of the day, we all get to be brothers and enjoy these cars.”

As much as we admire the Scat Pack 1320’s Nexen SUR4G 275/40R20 drag-spec radials, the only way to get the most out of the Scat Pack 1320 is through a drag-specific wheel and tire package, known to Mopar faithful as a drag pack. “The drag pack is terminology used to note the skinnies on the front and a little wider wheel and tire on the back with a slick or drag radial,” says Billy Jack. “We choose the Mickey Thompson ET Street R drag radial; it’s a 305/40R17 on the back.” And the front? “It is a 17-inch by 4.5-inch Mickey Thompson tire as well.” Specifically, those wheels are three-piece forged Weld S71, for those looking to duplicate the setup.

If you want to find more modifications to this mostly stock Scat Pack, they are there, but one needs to look a little harder to find them. The most obvious mod you’ll see when popping the hood is JLT’s highly effective (but not smog-legal) cold-air kit—a $349 mod. “I had put the Mopar cold-air intake on it at the dealership,” says Billy Jack. “On the dyno, it looks like it lost a little bit, so we put the JLT back on it and we picked up back where it was stock, plus a little bit more. On the dyno with the air filter, it was right at five horsepower, and when we took the air intake off—which, a lot of times we do run with the filter off—it picked up an additional eight horsepower.”

An aftermarket exhaust system is a perennial favorite for hot-rodders looking for an easy pick-up, but Billy Jack has read the reviews and isn’t convinced the cost is worth it. Nevertheless, he’s done a bit of research on his own. “It has a rear muffler delete, only just to get a little bit more noise.” That certainly got our attention. We prodded Billy Jack for more. “When we’re up at the line staging, we can kind of hear our car a little bit better over the louder cars. The resonator is at the very end, the very back, and the muffler is in the middle. They’re straight-through. They do flow; we picked up no horsepower gain whatsoever by taking them off. You are probably going to lose 10 pounds of weight. I have not experimented with aftermarket exhaust, just because of the cost, and I don’t find the gains satisfactory.”

We should point out that the bulk of racing the Hazlett family does is local bracket racing, a form of handicap eliminator that allows cars with disparate performance to compete on an equal footing. In this type of racing, consistency is rewarded, so the focus is more on keeping the car dialed-in rather than making an epic one-and-done moonshot.

“It’s all about traction for us. We run a bracket-style racer, so we want to make sure the car is capable of running the same times every pass and we get maximum traction every pass,” says Billy Jack. How does the 1320 allow him to be consistent? “One of the things that the 1320 has is the torque reserve [torque converter], so if you’re in a bracket race, your torque reserve keeps the car pretty consistent. We also have the trans brake. We have the line-lock for our burnouts. That enables the tires to get hot without the brakes getting hot, so you have better braking at the top end of the track as well.”

To help the amateur racer at the track, Dodge embedded a menu of race pages within its uConnect center stack. This nerve center of performance-related features provides a variety of calibration settings for the active suspension, traction control, and launch control, as well as a variety of datalogging tools. So how does Billy Jack bring that into the equation? “It depends on the track setup. If you get there and you’re at a track like we’re at this weekend that has really good prep, we put everything in ‘Drag’ mode. If you’re at a track that the prep is not so good, you can eliminate your traction and put it on ‘Sport’ mode or ‘Street’ mode so that it allows the car to use its traction control to get off the line and get going down the track.” So, on a really bad quarter-mile track, what’s the minimum Billy Jack expects out of it? “I’d say, you know, anybody could get in this car and run an 11.70 pretty easy.”

With the Scat Pack 1320 already beefed-up from the factory for power levels well over 800 hp, it’s hard to imagine Billy Jack’s 1320 staying stock for too long. The dilemma would seem to be whether to maintain it as-is and get years of trouble-free, repeatable runs down the track, or to throw the kitchen sink at it. “We plan on keeping this car here stock,” says Billy Jack, before thinking better of it. “I basically got it for my father, which has been passed down from him to my son, Zack. My father’s still with us, he just left early today because of the rain, but it’s been passed down to my son. He’s got big plans for it. He’s wanting to beat ol’ dad in the Super Stock with it. He’s maybe wanting to do a blower or some sort of power-adder. I think he’s waiting on what dad can afford to do! He’s gotta get a good job!”
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