Eight Heritage Series Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters are set to celebrate three generations of nitro-fueled drag racing history at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. These traditional AA/Fuelers will once again run the Pomona Fairplex quarter-mile 50 years after Larry Dixon Sr. triumphed in anger as the last front-engined dragster to win Top Fuel at the Winternationals. The vintage-style Top Fuel dragsters will join Nostalgia Funny Cars and throwback Pro Stockers for multiple exhibition sessions and a “Parade of Champions” at the home of NHRA drag racing.
Two-time Heritage Series champion and second-generation racer Mendy Fry will drive the High Speed Motorsports dragster for what could be her curtain call following the tragic loss of Crew Chief Tom Shelar last year. Driver Adam Sorokin and Crew Chief Bob McLennan will honor their paternal racing heritage with the small-block Chevrolet powered Champion Speed Shop dragster. Adam’s father Mike Sorokin drove the Surfer’s front-engine fueler, and Bob’s dad Jim McLennan founded the Champion Speed Shop. Family traditionalist Tyler Hilton will thunder down the 1320 in the big-block Chevy-powered “Great Expectations III,” backed up by his father Bobby Hilton and grandmother Allison Lee
Dan Horan, Jr. will strap into the Pete “Fritz” Kaiser-tuned 426-c.i. Hemi-powered dragster in tribute to his departed father, “Digger” Dan Horan Sr., and then hop into his fearsome Funny Car for double doses of nitro action. Veteran driver Jim Murphy will carry four March Meet victories worth of savvy down the track in the “WW2” dragster, and Bret Williamson will pilot the Mike Fuller Motorsports “Forever Young” into the future. Rick White and the Neal & White Racing team are heading north from the San Diego area, and Brendan Murry will leave the prestigious Murry Building in San Jose with his “Running Wild” 426 hemi-powered fueler.
Heritage Series Nostalgia Top Fuel is currently scheduled for two exhibition sessions following NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel and Funny Car Qualifying Q1 on Friday and Q3 on Saturday. The quickest two cars from these sessions are slated for a retro rematch following Q4 on Saturday. Head over to the NHRA for the latest event schedule and information. The 60th Annual Winternationals will air on FOX Sports television and stream live on the internet at NHRA ALL ACCESS.
Nostalgia Top Fuel at the 60th Winternationals heralds the 2020 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series racing season that officially kicks off at the Good Vibrations March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California March 5th-8th. Check out the five-race Nostalgia Top Fuel championship racing schedule here or head over to the the official NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series website for an all-classes 2020 event rundown.