AA/FUELER FEUDS TO BOIL IN BOWLING GREEN

SatTF0514th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, June 16-18, 2016, Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Ky.With the 2016 Heritage Series Top Fuel points race wide open, over a dozen supercharged and nitro-powered competitors from across the United States are gathering their steeds in Bowling Green in anticipation of claiming this week’s 8-car AA/Fuel Dragster Eliminator at the 14th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion.

Among those mounting up will be Stockton, California’s Rick Williamson, driver of the “Team Craig” dragster and current Heritage Series points leader as well as the recent March Meet victor. Following the Craig gang’s entry out of California on I-40 East is a nattering menagerie of their enemies, including Adam Sorokin with the Chevy-powered Champion Speed Shop fueler — March Meet runner-up and #2 in the points — and veteran nitro-man Jim Murphy with his fearsome “WW2railjob.

Murphy, who is making the scene with his Roland Leong-tuned digger, won here in 2013 on a holeshot, but has struggled to find a consistent combination after that decisive weekend. At the Bakersfield March Meet, he appeared to return to form before an unfortunate top-end collision during eliminations rattled his concentration and compromised his effort. Similarly, New York-based Tony Bartone, the 2014 Holley NHRR winner and two-time defending Heritage Series Points Champion, has also seen his once-dominant form contract recently.

Both Bartone and Murphy would love to repeat here, as a means of making the statement that their team has entirely too much knowledge, talent and gumption not to dominate. Moreover, a Top Fuel win by Bartone would serve as an emphatic punctuation mark to the deserved pomp and circumstance awarded to his crew chief, the legendary Steve Boggs who, in concert with his late brother Ron, will be anointed as an Honoree here this weekend.

There are other scores to settle here: Rick White, driver of the hard-charging “Neal & White” machine out of San Diego, wants to undo the damage from a first-round loss at the March Meet, which transpired, ironically, after Rick set Low ET at that prestigious event with a ferocious ¼-mile clocking of 5.54 seconds.

Additionally, Salem, Wisconsin’s Jim Young hopes to advance to the top of the points chart here and will light up the Kentucky concrete with his Chrysler-powered “Young Guns.” Fleshing out the field are Californian Brendan Murry, Paul Schultz’s “Spirit of Tulsa,” Tyler Hilton’s big-block Chevy-powered “Great Expectations III” from Virginia (by way of Ohio), Illinois-based Tim Cullinan, “Diamond” Dave Miller’s dragster from Atoka, Tennessee, Racine Wisconsin’s Jason Greenwood, Troy Ray’s new “Wildside II” digger out of Knoxville, Julius Hughes’ “Atlanta Speed Shop” special and 2011 NHRR Top Fuel winner Lincoln Hassell out of North Carolina.

California. New York. Wisconsin. Virginia. Ohio. Oklahoma. Illinois. Tennessee. Georgia. North Carolina. With such diversity and power, Top Fuel Eliminator at the 14th Holley National Hot Rod Reunion is anybody’s race — and merely qualifying for this fierce field could be a partial victory. Odds are, whoever wins this nitro-powered shootout will drive away as the Heritage Series Top Fuel Points Leader. -30-

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14th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion AA/FD Event Schedule
Thursday – Saturday, June 16-18, 2016
Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Ky.

Thursday, June 16

Hot Heads Eliminator Qualifying & Exhibition Runs 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Top Fuel Qualifying Session 1 3 p.m.

Jet Car Exhibition immediately following session

Secure Track Activity 6 p.m.

Friday, June 17

Hot Heads Eliminator Time Trials & Qualifying 8:30 a.m.

Funny Car Runs & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 2 12 noon

Hot Heads Category Eliminations 1 p.m.

Dynamat Legends Autograph Session 2 p.m.

Funny Car Runs & Top Fuel Qualifying Final Session 3 p.m.

Jet Car Exhibition immediately following session

Secure All Track Activity 5 p.m.

Hot Rod Reunion Reception onsite, across from Holley in the vendor oval at the conclusion of racing

Saturday, June 18

Hot Heads Eliminations (all categories) 10 a.m.

Pre-Finals Ceremonies & National Anthem 12:45 a.m.

Top Fuel & Funny Car Eliminations 1 p.m.

Hot Heads Eliminations continue (all categories) 1:30 p.m.

Dynamat Legends Autograph Session 2 p.m.

Round 2 – Top Fuel & Funny Car Eliminations 3:30 p.m.

Final Rounds – All Eliminations 6:30 p.m.

Jet Car Exhibition immediately following session

Special Awards & Honorees presentation 7 p.m.

Axalta Show ‘N Shine Winner’s Parade & Awards 7:15 p.m.

Cacklefest® Parade & Presentation 7:45 p.m.

Reunion Closes 9 p.m.

Schedule subject to change

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