North Carolina Drivers Block I-77 With Dangerous Stunts

You usually expect crazy stories to begin with ‘Florida Man,’ but today we have a surprise from Charlotte, North Carolina instead. Toward the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a group of racers used Dodge Chargers to turn I-77 into their personal racetrack. The cops were called after reports and donuts but found the wild Dodge Charger unit instead of delicious snacks. 

North Carolina drivers use Dodge Charger models to race 

According to WSOCTV, Southbound Interstate 77 was shut down on Friday night by a group of drivers in Dodge Chargers. The drivers blocked the lanes to have a little fun just in time for the return of NASCAR. 

Now, there is no correlation between the Charger fleet and NASCAR racing. It just happened so close to the Nascar Hall of Fame. It’s hard to imagine that the racing trend in Charlotte, NC, is just a coincidence. 

However, the drivers acted in an incredibly dangerous manner. They stopped traffic to perform donuts, burnouts, and tons of other stunts. Camera footage showed people frustrated as traffic backed up for miles and others filmed the stunts. 

The NC police missed the Chargers 

The incident happened around 11 PM near the Tyvola Road exit. One witness said about 30 Dodge Charger models drove past her and blocked the southbound lanes. With no cops around, this created a scary situation, and she may not take I-77 at night again. 

A look at the front of the a black Dodge Charger with a push bar.
Dodge Charger Pursuit | FCA

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State troopers responded to multiple 911 calls, but the group was gone by the time they arrived. They suggest calling *47 if anyone has any information about the vehicles or their license plate numbers. Also, try to remember the license plate numbers of any vehicles involved in dangerous activities like this. 

But why use Chargers? 

Thirty different Charger models seem like an interesting racing choice. We don’t know what year or trim levels the drivers were using. So, we will review the racing chops of the 2020 Dodge Charger in case it’s a good option for you to use safely. Please, leave the stunts to professionals!

The 2020 Charger begins around $29,995, so it doesn’t start cheap, and there are six engine options: 

  • The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 option with 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. 
  • The 3.6-liter V6 engine has 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. 
  • The 5.7-liter V8 engine provides 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. 
  • The 6.4-liter V8 has 485 hp and 474 lb-ft of torque. 
  • The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 provides 717 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. 
  • The 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat Redeye has 797 hp with 707 lb-ft of torque. 
A black and white 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye on display in a warehouse
A 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye on display | Photo via Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

So, you can definitely get a Dodge Charger with some muscle. The SRT Hellcat can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.6 seconds, according to Road and Track. It provides a sporty performance that rivals can’t match, despite being an older model that’s very thirsty. 

According to Edmunds, the Charger has comfortable seats with plenty of support. However, you can feel bumps in the road. Plus, you can hear wind noise in the cabin even though the Charge is packed with noise-canceling insulation.