The world of quarter-mile dragstrip racing is a world of fierce competition and intense rivalries. One such rivalry, which has been brewing for quite some time, is between Herman Young, the Mopar fanatic and prominent automotive enthusiast, and Luna Tran, the champion racer from Jotech Motorsports. The two had previously faced off at ‘The Big Showdown 3,’ where Tran’s Hello Kitty Nissan GT-R beat Young’s ‘Soul Snatcher’ Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. But, as they say, revenge is a dish best served cold, and Young had been planning his comeback ever since. And finally, after six months of hard work and modifications, Young was ready to take on Tran again, this time with his brand new 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost.

The Story Behind the Black Ghost

The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is one of the seven ‘Last Call’ special editions, and its design was inspired by a 1970s Challenger owned by a Detroit city police officer who was also a street racer. Because his car was black and won races without talking to anyone afterward, he earned the ‘Black Ghost’ nickname. The Stellantis-owned company decided to pay homage to the legend by creating the Black Ghost, a car that has a potentially incredible background story. Herman Young was drawn to this car and saw its potential as a quarter-mile monster. After investing many pools of cash into the car and working with the (in)famous Baily’s Hyperformance, he was able to achieve an impressive 1,129 horsepower on the dyno.

The Big Showdown 4

Young was determined to get revenge on Tran and her Hello Kitty GT-R at ‘The Big Showdown 4.’ Luna Tran, who is not only a sweet lady but also the GTR 2 champion from TX2K 2022 and a “world record race car driver,” according to her blogger profile, was ready for the rematch. The two cars lined up at the dragstrip, and the tension was palpable. Would Young’s Black Ghost be able to beat Tran’s Hello Kitty GT-R this time around?

The Race

The lights went green, and the cars took off. The Black Ghost’s engine roared as it sped down the quarter-mile, with Tran’s Hello Kitty GT-R hot on its tail. The two cars were neck and neck, and the crowd was on the edge of their seats. Finally, the Black Ghost crossed the finish line, and the crowd erupted in cheers. Herman Young had finally nailed the big win that he had been dreaming of for so long.


The Aftermath

After the race, Tran graciously accepted defeat, saying that “you can’t win ’em all, that’s part of the good, the bad, and the ugly of racing.” Young couldn’t stop hugging her as many times as possible, delighted that his Black Ghost had finally proven itself worthy of beating the champion. Luna Tran was so impressed with the Black Ghost’s performance that she called out to Jotech that it was time for her GT-R to gain some bigger turbos.


In the world of quarter-mile dragstrip racing, rivalries run deep, and every win is hard-earned. Herman Young had been dreaming of this win for a long time, and his hard work and determination finally paid off. His 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost proved itself to be a worthy opponent against Luna Tran’s Hello Kitty GT-R, and he finally nailed the big win he had been seeking. It was a moment of triumph that will be remembered in the world of drag racing for a long time to come.