The re-introduction of the Hemi engine as a street vehicle gave today's truck owner more power and drew the inevitable reminiscing from race fans about the days gone by. Of course, while not powered by Hemi engines, Dodge Motorsports has been winning on oval races in Sprint Cars, dirt Late Models, Winston Cup, and the Craftsman Truck Series.

We recently had an opportunity to put our Long Haul Hemi face to face with one of the elite trucks in the powerful Craftsman Truck Series ranks. Through the cooperation of Ultra Motorsports, crewchief Gene Nead, and driver Ted Musgrave, we can give you a side-by-side view of how these trucks compare. If you want to go fast, go with the Craftsman Truck, but it won't serve you well if you want to pull a trailer.

Dare To Compare
 NASCAR Craftsman
Truck
Long Haul Hemi
Engine displacement358 ci354 ci
Compression ratio12:019.6:1
Estimated
horsepower
700345
Estimated torque500375
Max rpm85005800
FuelRacing fuel89 octane
Fueling systemCarburetorFuel injection
Oil capacity20 quarts7 quarts
Coolant capacity16 quarts18.7 quarts
Fuel capacity22 gallons35 gallons
Gearbox4-speed manual5-speed automatic
Brakes4-wheel discAntilock 4-wheel disc
Air conditioningNoYes
Seating capacity16
TiresSlickTreaded
Wheelbase112 inches160.5 inches
Length204 inches249.7 inches
Width80 inches79.9 inches
Height59 inches75 inches
Weight3400 pounds6000 pounds (est.)
Radio*Infiniti AM/FM CD
Cassette
Top speed190+**

*- None in truck. Driver provides radio. Tuned to talk.
** - Can run above posted speed limits, but adherence to laws is advised. There are no speed limits in NASCAR.