Ron Hutter began working on cars and building engines in 1964 from his original shop, Hut’s Dyno Shop. However, Uncle Sam came calling and Ron joined the service, closing the doors to his first business. Upon his return home, Ron tried his hand at a few employment opportunities but his entrepreneurial spirit burned bright and he was ready for a new challenge. From here, Hutter Racing Engines emerged. Ron garnered success and established a name for himself in the NHRA Modified Eliminator and Pro Stock Series. In 1977, Hutter Racing began building engines for the NASCAR Modifies Series. It was here that Ron teamed up with driver, Richie Evans, and together they won 8 National Championships. Hutter Racing continued to chase the checkered flag and moved into the NASCAR Busch Grand National Division. In 1998 and 1999, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won back-to-back National Championships in cars powered by Hutter engines. Combined, Hutter Racing Engines has won 21 NASCAR Busch, Truck, and Modified Championships. Hutter Racing Engines is now a custom engine shop working for select clientele and race teams.
The Hutter Dodge Stratus is the brainchild of Ron Hutter and result of cutting-edge Hutter engineering, proudly raced by Matt Hutter. The Stratus originated as NHRA 3-time series champion, Erica Enders’, Pro Stock car. Purchasing the car from chassis builder, Jerry Haas, Ron immediately went to work “reimaging” the Pro Stock into its current incarnation as a Pro Modified. The Stratus is now outfitted with a custom Hutter Racing LS-based 440ci engine, based on a CFE billet block and heads. The power plant is boosted by a pair of Comp 88mm turbochargers, and backed by a Liberty 5-speed transmission. In the 1/8 mile, the Stratus runs 3.75 seconds at over 206 MPH, currently making it the fastest recorded LS-powered vehicle on the planet. The Hutter Stratus has amassed multiple Pro Mod wins and track ET records all over the Northeast, including 3 series championships in the Asphalt Wars series.