FOURTEEN FUELER FIGHT SET FOR FAMOSO

Fourteen AA/Fuel dragsters are loaded with nitro and heading to Bakersfield for the 28th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Four new Nostalgia Top Fuel class dragsters will make their racing debut into what promises to be an explosive qualifying fight for 8-car Eliminations. Qualifying starts Friday, Oct 25th, and the nitro will burn until the last pair thunders down the quarter-mile for the title on Sunday, Oct 27th.

Mendy Fry and the High Speed Motorsports team are heading into the last race of the season with the Nostalgia Top Fuel Championship in hand. Fry’s fourth consecutive event win at the Nitro Nationals at Tulsa Raceway Park put her at an incontestable point advantage ahead of the season closer. It’s not over until it’s over in the fight for the event win. With four new dragsters and three generations of Top Fuel drivers, it’s anybody’s race. Qualifying will be fierce as the formidable field unleashes over 45,000 horsepower onto the 1320 in a supercharged nitro-fueled spectacle of speed.

Drag racer and builder Bryan Hall has followed up his fearsome nitro-huffing 5-second AA/Fuel Altered known as “The Tramp” with the H&H “Nomad”. The Rooman dragster was originally built for longtime Top Fuel favorite “Digger” Dan Horan Sr., who died in 2016. Hall bought the car from Dan Horan Jr. in late 2018, along with a new house that had a longer garage for the dragster. Hall said he built the early hemi-powered fueler “just to challenge myself. It’s definitely an exciting time for the dragster class.”

Dan Horan Jr. is fielding his own all-new Pete Kaiser tuned AA/Fuel dragster as a tribute to his father. The late-model hemi belted out a 5.87 ET at last year’s reunion in his Dad’s old car. Dusty Green is out of the “Nitro-Hemi” and into the “Triple Threat.” Dusty’s new 417 Rodeck hemi-powered beast is ready for action at Famoso. “It’s badass! The class is growing,” said the Northern California based driver. Driver Frank McBee Jr. and the Valley Thunder Racing gang are rolling in from Fresno with the fourth new dragster to make its racing debut.

Read on for the current 14-car roster, points standings, and a Nostalgia Top Fuel run schedule. The All American Fuel Dragsters will join nitro-huffing Funny Cars, awful AA/Fuel Altereds, injected nitro A/Fuel dragsters in competition, Moreover, the NHRA Motorsports Museum will simultaneously light off dozens of nitro-burning historic hot rods in a celebration known as the “Cacklefest.” Traditional push-starts are scheduled throughout the weekend. To purchase California Hot Rod Reunion tickets, call 1-800-884-NHRA, head over to NHRA, or drive on out to Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

28th CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL ROSTER

1) Mendy Fry – High Speed Motorsports
2) Adam Sorokin – Champion Speed Shop
3) Jim Murphy – WW2
4) Tyler Hilton – Great Expectations III
5) Bret Williamson – Forever Young
6) Phil Ruskowski – Xhibitionist
7) Rick White – Neil and White
8) Pete Wittenberg – Circuit Breaker
9) Brendan Murry – Running Wild
10) Rick McGee – Overtime Special
11) Dusty Green – Triple Threat
12) Frank McBee – Valley Thunder Racing
13) Dan Horan Jr.
14) Bryan Hall – H&H Nomad

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Nostalgia Top Fuel Championship points heading into the 28th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion at Automobile Club of Southern California.

1) Mendy Fry – 565
2) Adam Sorokin – 438
3) Jim Murphy – 315
4) Tyler Hilton – 260
5) Bret Williamson – 227
6) Phil Ruskowski – 176
7) Tim Cullinan – 107
8) Jim Young – 97
9) Rick White – 78
10) Pete Wittenberg – 67
11) Brendan Murry – 62
12) Rick McGee – 54
13) Joey Haas – 53
14) Julius Hughes – 51
15) Gerald Hangey – 10
15) Roger Lechtenberg – 10
15) Paul Schultz – 10

NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Friday, October 25th
Qualifying Session 1: 4 PM

Saturday, October 26th
Qualifying Session 2: 12 Noon
Qualifying Session 3: 4 PM
Cacklefest: 6 PM

Sunday, October 27th
National Anthem and Ceremonies: 10:45 AM
Eliminations: 11:30 AM
Final: 4 PM

TULSA BY-THE-NUMBERS

Tyler Hilton in the Great Expectations III at Tulsa Raceway Park

We’ve got Tulsa by the numbers, Top Fuel by the score. With the Nitro Nationals in the recent past and season-closing California Hot Rod Reunion in the near future, we’ve got the numbers. Download the full set of Top Fuel results and incrementals from the 2019 Nitro Nationals at Tulsa Raceway Park and an NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Nostalgia Top Fuel Championship season points rundown right here.

MENDY FRY WINS TOP FUEL AT THE HOLLEY NATIONAL HOT ROD REUNION

Mendy Fry wins Top Fuel at the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion in the High Speed Motorsports AA/Fuel dragster. Fry took the final battle with 5.56 ET at 259 MPH in a close race with Jim Young who drove the Young Guns fueler to runner up with a 5.65 ET at 262 MPH. Complete rundown of the of all the Top Fuel drag racing action from the 17th Holley National Hot Rod Reunion below.

HOLLEY NATIONAL HOT ROD REUNION TOP FUEL UPDATES

News, photos, results and moreas it all happened at the 17th Holley National Hot Rod Reunion. Tune into the official video coverage over at Dragracer.TV – 100% free of charge!

UPDATE: Jim Young vs. Mendy Fry in the Top Fuel Final. Young took the win against Murphy 5.66 ET 259 MPH top end charge. Mendy Fry moved onto the final with a 5.58 ET at 261 MPH after Tyler Hilton went up in smoke.

UPDATE: Mendy Fry takes the round over Gerald Hangey with a 5.79 ET at 206 MPH after Julius Hughes broke. Jimi Young moved on with 5.71 ET at 257 MPH as Tim Cullinan got out of the throttle. Jim Murphy took a bye in the WW2 after Joey Haas went MIA. Tyler Hilton moved into the semis over Adam Sorokin with a 5.95 ET at 250 MPH in a big block vs small block Chevrolet battle decided by 6-hundredths of a second. Fry vs. Hilton and Young vs. Murphy in the TOP FUEL Semi-Final coming right up.

UPDATE: TOP FUEL ELIMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR 1PM. WATCH LIVE AT DRAGRACER.TV!

UPDATE: LAST SESSION QUALIFYING AND TOP FUEL ELIMINATIONS LADDER

Mendy Fry resets Low ET with a 5.54 second 242 MPH blast in the fourth and last qualifying session. Tim Cullinan makes it into the show with a 6.21 ET at 147 MPH in the Irish Car Bomb. Julius Hughes holds  the #8 slot with a 6.22 ET from Q2 after his Q3 6.11 ET run was disqualified due to an oil down. Nostalgia Top Fuel Qualifying Order and Eliminations Ladder from the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion.

UPDATE: QUALIFYING SESSION THREE Q3 ROUNDUP

Number one qualifier Mendy Fry hit tire shake and holds onto Low ET. Jim Young ran quicker with a 5.68 ET and faster 257 MPH Top Speed for #2. Adam Sorokin remains at #3 after running a 6.20 ET at 191 MPH and Murphy kept the #4 slot after smoking the tires and coasting through the lights. Tyler Hilton moved up to #5 with a 6-second 245 MPH blast in the Great Expectations big block Chevrolet. Joey Haas stepped it up with 6.02 ET at 225 and kept  #6. Julius Hughes improved with a 6.11 ET at 240 MPH for #7 and Brendan Murry pushed the Running Wild to a 6.47 ET at 146 MPH for #8. Larry Gocha ran a 6.43 ET at 210 MPH on a license pass but crossed the centerline on the top end. Last Qualifying Session coming right up.

LIVE video from the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion

Friday Nostalgia Top Fuel Run Schedule. Q3 12 Noon. Q4 3 PM.

Top Fuel Qualifying Session Two Q2 at 12 NOON. Last Session Four Q4 at 3 PM. Friday run schedule from the 17th Annual Holley Hot Rod Reunion. Schedule subject to change.

UPDATE: SESSION TWO TOP FUEL QUALIFYING CLOSES OUT THURSDAY NIGHT

Mendy Fry sits out Q2 and holds onto Low ET. Jim Young keeps 252 MPH Top Speed and #2. Adam Sorokin lit the candles and stepped up to #3 with a 5.77-second 207 MPH run in the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet. Julius Hughes moved the Atlanta Speed Shop Hemi up to #5 with a 6.22 ET at 247 MPH. Top Fuel Q2 Two results and incrementals wrap up Thursday Nostalgia Top Fuel action at the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion. Q3 is scheduled for 12 NOON on Friday, June 14th at Beech Bend Raceway Park.

Joey Haas hits it in the Mill Road Boys Chevrolet-powered AA/Fuel dragster at the 17th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion.

Nostalgia Top Fuel Qualifying Session Two Q2 Results and Incrementals.

Mendy Fry grabbed Low ET and the #1 spot with a 5.618 second blast at 234 MPH in Top Fuel Qualifying Session One. Jim Young posted a 5.73 ET at 252 MPH for the #2 spot and Top Speed. Jim Murphy cranked out a stout 5.87 ET and clicked it for a 219 MPH. Session One Qualifying results and incidentals below. UPDATE: Top Fuel Q2 will run on Thursday at approximately 7PM.

Nostalgia Top Fuel Qualifying Session One Q1 Results and Incrementals

NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL FIGHT AT BOWLING GREEN

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Twelve Nostalgia Top Fuel contenders will battle for victory at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky at the 17th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance. All-American Fuel Dragster coalition drivers and teams are converging from across the USA for the three-day celebration of drag racing history and a shot at the title in the second NHRA Hot Rod Heritage series Nostalgia Top Fuel race. Nitro-burning mayhem kicks off on Thursday, June 13th and runs through Saturday, June 15th.

Julius Hughes will represent Hot’Lanta in his 426-powered “Atlanta Speed Shop” entry, and Tim Cullinan is heading in from the windy city in his Chicago-based “Irish Car Bomb.” Tyler Hilton in the “Great Expectations,” Joey Haas and the Mill Road Boys, and Gerald Hangey are all packing big-block Chevrolet power. The California contingent includes 2018 Season Champion Mendy Fry in the “High Speed Motorsports” car, Brendan Murry in the 426 Elephant-propelled “Running Wild,” Jim Murphy in the “WW2” and March Meet winner Adam Sorokin in the small-block Chevrolet powered “Champion Speed Shop” dragster.

“This is a tough race, but one of my absolute favorites,” said Sorokin. “We started the season pretty good with winning the March Meet. I’m hoping for all win lights on Saturday. Not too many, just enough to win that sucker.”

Jim Young and the Young Guns, Roger Lechtenberg in the “Nitro Bandit,” and Larry Gocha are heading in from the Midwest. Gocha is shooting for an NHRA license in his new car after Mendy Fry, Adam Sorokin, and Jim Young signed off on his IHRA license at Cordova. The longtime drag racer and his crew hope to step it up at Beech Bend. He said: “Anything we go past qualifying is a plus!” Jim Young helped Gocha get the former Western Hoist fueler together and also organized Nostalgia Top Fuel participation in a new “Open Fuel” 6.0 class, so those who don’t make the 8-car Eliminations can get in a few more runs.

Nostalgia Top Fuel titans will mix it up with nitro-huffing Funny Cars and unruly AA/Altereds, and the event will conclude on Saturday night with the on-track convergence of historic nitro-fueled race cars and header flames known as the Cacklefest. Side-by-side racing action from wheels-up Gassers and Nostalgia Pro Stock machines, a giant swap meet, as well as countless classics, hot rods, and customs at the Axalta Show ‘N Shine, and, finally, fire-breathing jet cars all make the 17th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion a must-see event. If you can’t make it to Kentucky then tune into Dragracer.tv for live video coverage from Beech Bend. Broadcast schedule TBA.

Grand Marshall and Honorees

Longtime big block Chevrolet Funny Car racer Randy Walls is the event Grand Marshall. Walls will join Honorees including radio and tv announcer Army Armstrong, current Rockingham Dragway operator and former NHRA media professional Steve Earwood, racer and builder Richard Maskin, Top Fuel Drag Racing School founder and Funny Car racer Paul Smith, and 1972 Le Grandnational front-engine Top Fuel champ Art Marshall. A special Honoree Celebration and Cruise-In will kickoff Friday, June 14th at 6:00 PM at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Admission is free.

Nostalgia Top Fuel Racing Schedule 

Thursday, June 13th
Qualifying Session One 3 PM

Friday, June 14th
Qualifying Session Two 12 PM
Qualifying Final Session 3 PM

Saturday, June 15th
Round One Eliminations 1 PM
Round Two Eliminations 3:30 PM
Cacklefest 7:45 PM

Schedule subject to change

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series

The 17th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park is the second salvo in the 5-race battle for the 2019 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Nostalgia Top Fuel Championship. Head on over to www.nhrahotrodheritage.com for an upcoming race schedule, news, points, results, rules and more.

ADAM SOROKIN WINS SECOND MARCH MEET IN CHAMPION SPEED SHOP CHEVROLET

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Bakersfield, California – Adam Sorokin is the 2019 Bakersfield March Meet Nostalgia Top Fuel Champion. Sorokin drove the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet-powered AA/Fuel dragster to victory with a 5.84 ET at 212 MPH as runner up Mendy Fry watched from the starting line with a broken throttle linkage in the High Speed Motorsports fueler. Sorokin’s second March Meet win with the Champion Speed Shop closed out a weekend of fierce competition at the historic drag racing event.

The 61st Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet saw record runs and unexpected turns on the quarter-mile as the Nostalgia Top Fuel field squared off at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Rick White emerged as #1 Qualifier with a 5.72 ET at 254 MPH after three frenetic sessions. 2018 March Meet winner Pete Wittenberg failed to qualify after three aborted runs and reigning Champion Mendy Fry drove through a blower explosion and damaging tire shake that had the High-Speed Motorsports team in the pits until 3 AM.

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Rick White opened Eliminations with a 6.09 ET at 175 MPH win on a single after Phil Ruskowski kept rolling in the “Xibitionist” after zinging the rpm’s and banging the blower on the burnout. Bret Williamson turned a 5.80 ET at 240 MPH in the Mike Fuller “Forever Young” that shut down Brendan Murry in the “Running Wild”. Mendy Fry blasted to a quickest and fastest ever 5.51 ET at 265 MPH win over Jim Murphy in the WW2. Adam Sorokin advanced with a 5.98 ET at 201 MPH as Rick McGee clipped some cones in the Tedford & McGee “Overtime Special”.

Sorokin drove the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet into the Final with a 5.83 ET 212 MPH win as Rick White struck the tires in the Neal & White AA/Fueler. Mendy Fry then broke her own Nostalgia Top Fuel record with a 5.49 ET 259 MPH Semi-Final blast over Bret Williamson’s 5.85 ET at 234 MPH. Side by side burnouts set up the Final round battle at Famoso and Sorokin etched his second March Meet win into the Top Fuel timeline behind the canopy of the Champion Speed Shop dragster.

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Over 50 years after his father Mike Sorokin won the March Meet and nearly 10 years after his first March Meet win, Sorokin was elated as he was interviewed by Jason Galvin on the top end at Famoso. “I was just hoping that they don’t run ’em on paper! We knew that we had something if things didn’t go their way. That 5.49 she ran was so stout. That team was so good. Amazing. For us to get by them, that’s the car to beat right now. I’m really happy.”

Head over to Auto Club Famoso Raceway for a complete rundown of official results and archived video coverage of the entire 61st Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet.

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