MENDY FRY ROCKS TOP FUEL VICTORY AT SPOKANE

Late Saturday night at Spokane County Raceway, Mendy Fry won her third consecutive Heritage Series Top Fuel race. Fry charged hard out of the gate in the High Speed Motorsports dragster and posted a 5.79 ET at 241 MPH for the win against Bret Williamson, who took Runner-Up with a 6.72 ET at 172 MPH in the Mike Fuller Motorsports “Forever Young.” Fry pedaled through 3500-horsepower induced tire shake in every round at the Coors Light Nitro Summer Nationals and her midnight victory capped two days of supercharged-on-nitro drag racing action. With a commanding and near insurmountable lead in the season’s points battle, Fry and the High-Speed team are bringing their triple threat to the fifth battle in the 6-race in NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series at Tulsa Raceway Park.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS

The Nitro Summer Nationals ran over two days, with one session on Friday night and two sessions on Saturday ahead of Top Fuel Eliminator. Mendy Fry set Low ET in Q1 with a 5.68, but it was anybody’s race after Q3. Pete Wittenberg belted out a 5.70 ET at 245 MPH in the Circuit Breaker in Q2. Tyler Hilton drove the Great Expectations big block Chevrolet into the low sixes and matched Wittenberg’s 245 MPH Top Speed in Q3. Adam Sorokin extracted low six-second passes out of the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet and Bret Williamson capped Q3 with a 5.91-second assault in the Forever Young hemi. Jim Murphy overcame two rounds of traction issues with a 6.14 ET in Q3, and Phil Ruskowski held onto his 7.14-second Q2 run in the Xibitionist small block Chevrolet.

NITRO SUMMER NATIONALS QUALIFYING ORDER

DRIVERETMPH
Mendy Fry5.68216
Pete Wittenberg5.70245
Bret Williamson5.91206
Tyler Hilton6.05237
Adam Sorokin6.11187
Jim Murphy6.14212
Phil Ruskowski7.14176

TOP FUEL ELIMINATOR

Eliminations opened into the sunset as Phil Ruskowski moved into the semis with a 7.26 ET after Pete Wittenberg’s 7.19 ET was disqualified over a clipped cone. Adam Sorokin took the win with a 6-second flat 196 MPH holeshot over Tyler Hilton, who set low ET and Top Speed for the round with a 5.93 ET at 244 MPH in the big block Chevrolet “Great Expectations III.” Bret Williamson moved the “Forever Young” into the Semi-Final with a 5.94 241 MPH over Murphy’s 6.00-second flat 203 MPH run in the “WW2”. Mendy Fry shut down the High-Speed Motorsports dragster for a 7.21 at 117.66 MPH on a bye run single.

SEMI-FINALS

Mendy Fry opened the Semi-Final with a tire-shaking’ 6.54-second 149 MPH win over Adam Sorokin, who red-lit in the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevy and coasted through the traps. Bret Williamson lit up the night sky in the ‘Forever Young’ and moved onto the final with a 6.36-second 158 MPH run against Phil Ruskowski and his Xibitionist small block Chevy. The High-Speed and Mike Fuller Motorsports teams emerged from an epic pit thrash as Saturday turned to Sunday and concluded the event with a midnight race under the lights at Spokane County Raceway.

After three wins in three races the Mendy Fry High Speed Motorsports team matchup seems unstoppable but it hardly happened overnight. Fry credits the team for their nitro-huffing AA/Fuel dragster entry’s success due to their meticulous attention to detail, and crew chief Tom Shelar is quick to point out Fry’s skill, experience, and determination in the driver’s seat. “She learned how to pedal it through tire shake back when she got her Top Fuel license (in 2003) with ‘Root Beer’ Hedge. They would match race in all kinds of tough conditions all across the country. He taught her that you have to get to the finish line, no matter what.”

“She learned how to pedal it through tire shake back when she got her Top Fuel license (in 2003) with ‘Root Beer’ Hedge. They would match race in all kinds of tough conditions all across the country. He taught her that you have to get to the finish line, no matter what.”

Tom Shelar

Next stop for the All-American Fuel Dragsters coalition is the Nitro Nationals, September 21st and 22nd at Tulsa Raceway Park.

The High Speed Motorsports team in the Nitro Summer Nationals Winner’s Circle at Spokane Valley Raceway

MENDY FRY COLLECTS SECOND NIGHTFIRE NATIONALS TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP

Mendy Fry is the 48th Pepsi Nightfire Nationals Top Fuel Champion. Fry won with a 5.62 ET at 254 MPH in the High Speed Motorsports hemi against Adam Sorokin, who turned a 6.08 ET at 204 MPH in the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet for Runner-Up. The weekend saw Fry break the Firebird Raceway track record with a 5.62 ET for Number One Qualifier and then break it again with a 5.59 ET in a Semi-Final bye run. The final round win light marked back to back 2018 and 2019 Nightfire Nationals Top Fuel Championships for Mendy Fry and the High Speed Motorsports team at Boise. “I cannot begin to process how amazing my team is,” said Fry. “Tom Shelar owned it this weekend. He knew exactly what this car needed every run, and my team carried out the directions flawlessly.”

I cannot begin to process how amazing my team is. Tom Shelar owned it this weekend. He knew exactly what this car needed every run, and my team carried out the directions flawlessly.

Mendy Fry

QUALIFYING ROUNDUP

Mendy Fry pushed the High Speed Motorsports hemi-powered dragster quicker through all three qualifying sessions and grabbed the number one slot with a 5.62-second Last Session run that set a new track record. Jim Murphy ran 249 MPH in the first Friday session for Top Speed but ran off the top end of the track in the second session. Jim said he didn’t get the chutes out and the WW2 blasted into the wheat field then went into a slow roll before coming to a stop. Jim emerged A-OK, but the run was disqualified. A herculean team effort got the WW2 repaired and into Eliminations on Saturday night. When the Idaho dust settled, final qualifying order was set for the 6-car Eliminations. 

Mendy Fry 5.62
Adam Sorokin 5.88
Jim Murphy 5.90
Tyler Hilton 6.60
Brett Williamson 7.09
Phil Ruskowski 7.43

RECORD-BREAKING RUN VIDEO

Mendy Fry breaks the Firebird Raceway Top Fuel record with a 5.62-second run at the 48th Pepsi Nightfire Nationals

TOP FUEL ELIMINATOR

Eliminations got underway on Saturday night under the lights. Adam Sorokin launched the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet out of the gate for a 6.11 ET at 209 MPH win over Bret Williamson’s 6.55 ET at 159 MPH in the Forever Young. Mendy Fry won with a 5.62 ET at 229 MPH to Phil Ruskowski’s 7.55 ET in his small block Chevrolet Xibitionist dragster.

Jim Murphy drove the WW2 to a 6.18 ET at 201 MPH win over Tyler Hilton’s 6.42 ET at 233 MPH in the Great Expectations III. Mendy Fry backed up her #1 Qualifier 5.62-second track record run with another 5.62 ET in the High Speed Motorsports hemi and moved onto the Final with an automatic Semi-Final Bye win. The Sorokin vs. Murphy Semi-Final winner would race Fry in the Top Fuel Final.

SEMI FINAL AND BONUS RUN

Sorokin pushed the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet into the Final with a 6.06 ET for the win as Jim Murphy struck the tires in the WW2 hemi. Mendy Fry broke her own track record with a 5.59 227 MPH blast in a promotor’s option bonus pair-up with Tyler Hilton in the Great Expectations III. Fry’s record-breaking run in the High Speed Motorsports dragster was technically a bye as she automatically advanced to the Final. Tyler Hilton idled down the track after the fearsome blown-on-nitro big block Chevrolet overpowered the tires.

SPOKANE OR BUST!

Next stop for the All American Fuel Dragsters is the Nitro Summer Nationals at Spokane County Raceway this weekend Friday the 16th through Sunday the 17th.

48TH PEPSI NIGHTFIRE NATIONALS PHOTO EXTRA

PHOTOS BY SANDRA ALBERTI

AMERICAN NORTHWEST TOP FUEL TOUR

The All American Fuel Dragsters are geared up for a front-engine Top Fuel Double Feature in the Northwestern United States. Two races in two weeks add up to double trouble for the teams fighting their way toward a Top Fuel Points Title in the NHRA Heritage Series. The action starts this weekend at the 48th Pepsi Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho and fires up again next weekend for the Nitro Summer Nationals at Spokane County Raceway.

Beginning at Boise, reigning Nightfire Nationals Champion and current points leader Mendy Fry and the “High Speed Motorsports” team will battle fellow California fuelers Adam Sorokin in the “Champion Speed Shop” machine, Jim Murphy in the “WW2” entry, and Bret Williamson in the Mike Fuller Motorsports “Forever Young.” Tyler Hilton has headed in from Ohio to drive the big-block Chevrolet “Great Expectations III” dragster and Canada’s own Phil Ruskowski and his Island Nitro Gang are bringing their small-block Chevrolet “Xibitionist.” SoCal racer Pete Wittenberg is set to join the tour at Spokane in the “KMA Circuit Breaker.”

BOISE OR BUST

The Nightfire Nationals is the signature event of the season at Firebird Raceway and 3rd Nostalgia Top Fuel class battle in the 6-race 2019 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Championship. The event kicks off on Thursday with two Top Fuel Qualifying sessions on Friday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM and one on Saturday at 2 PM. Eliminations begin Saturday at 8 PM with plenty of header flames under the lights from Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, and Fuel Altereds. Finals start on Sunday at 3 PM. Check out Firebird Raceway for more information and tickets to the 48th Pepsi Nightfire Nationals.

RACE FOUR SPOKANE

The Nitro Summer Nationals at Spokane County Raceway is a new NHRA Heritage Series race. The 4th race for the season championship starts on Friday the 16th with all classes qualifying at 4 PM. Qualifying picks up again on Saturday at 11 AM, and Eliminations for all classes begin at 5 PM with Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Jets blazing into the night. Eliminations continue on Sunday until the last pair fights it out. The event features a cultural connection to American drag racing history with exhibition runs by Butch Patrick, aka Eddie Munster in the “Dragula” front-engine coffin dragster from “The Munsters” 1960s TV show.

TOP FUEL AMERICA TOUR

Next stop for the All-American Fuel Dragsters after the American Northwest Top Fuel tour is the Nostalgia Nitro Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma September 20th-21st. Stay tuned to the AAFD here or on out Facebook Page for news as we get it.

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

Bowling Green 2018

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.