MENDY FRY COLLECTS TOP FUEL VICTORY AT NITRO NATIONALS

nitro-nationals-tulsa-1Mendy Fry pushed herself and the High Speed Motorsports AA/Fuel dragster to a victory over Adam Sorokin and the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet special at the Nitro Nationals September 22nd-23rd at Tulsa Raceway Park. Sorokin got the holeshot on the hit, but Fry kept her foot in the High Speed Motorsports fueler and fought off a drift toward the center line with every bit of steering for a 5.62 ET at 258 MPH win over Sorokin’s 5.75 ET at 245 MPH runner-up.

“It was all I could to keep it off the centerline, but I didn’t lift,” said Fry. Driver Adam Sorokin said the Champion Speed Shop special pulled strongly almost to the stripe but Fry took the race with a .075-second margin of victory and about 26 feet. Mendy Fry joined driver Tera Graves in the Nitro Nationals Winner’s Circle and marked the first time two women won concurrent Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car wins at a NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Championship drag race.

QUALIFYING MAYHEM!

Top Fuel got off to a destructive start in Friday testing as Adam Sorokin motored through a front-engine fireball. Sorokin emerged unscathed, but the Chevrolet kicked two connecting rods through the block. Friday Qualifying under the lights saw more carnage when Jim Young ran the Young Guns dragster to an oil-soaked and subsequently disqualified conclusion while Tim Cullinan skated around the top end to number 4 with a 6.58 at 152 MPH. Julius Hughes pushed the Atlanta Speed Shop dragster to number 5 with a 7.35 ET at 131 MPH. Tyler Hilton lit the candles full track to a 6.17 ET at 232 MPH, and Mendy Fry clicked early in with a 5.87 at 201 MPH for low ET and number one qualifier. Paul Schultz and Dusty Green lost traction for 6th and 7th spots while Jim Murphy pushed back after the burnout with a fuel leak.

Saturday Qualifying saw more smoke and fire but not from Adam Sorokin, who posted a clean 5.92 ET at 212 MPH for a number 4 slot after sitting out Session 1 Friday Qualifying.  Julius Hughes launched his Atlanta Speed Shop dragster to a smoking but oil free 6.13 ET at 243 MPH and number 5 spot. Tyler Hilton did not improve, but Dusty Green hooked up the Nitro-Hemi with a 6.58 ET and number 7 position. Mendy Fry sat out Saturday qualifying, landing in number 3 after Jim Young and Jim Murphy lit up the boards with a 5.74 ET and 5.87 ET for 1 and 2 qualifiers. Tim Cullinan drove through a top end fireball after a screw plug blowout vented 10000 RPM worth of oily nitro that got the run thrown out. Cullinan made it into the show unharmed with his Friday ET, but Paul “Nobody” Schultz and the Spirit of Tulsa did not.

 

ELIMINATIONS ACTION

Round 1 Eliminations opened with Jim Young trailering Tim Cullinan with a 5.81 ET at 239 MPH in a penalty box Top Fuel matchup. Mendy Fry drove her hemi-powered fueler to a 5.73 ET at 232 MPH win over Tyler Hilton and his big block Chevrolet-powered Great Expectations III dragster. Dusty Green had the reaction time advantage in the Nitro-Hemi, but Jim Murphy and the WW2 prevailed with a 5.72 ET at 245 MPH and .031-second margin of victory over Green’s 5.80 ET at 247 MPH. Sorokin charged hard out of the gate ahead of Julius Hughes and clicked it early with a 5.81 ET at 219 MPH win in a small block Chevrolet vs. big block Chevrolet Top Fuel battle.Semi-Final Eliminations saw Adam Sorokin turn an impossibly quick .004 reaction time against Jim Young into a win for the Champion Speed Shop with a mere .023-second margin of victory that had the crowd scratching its head after Sorokin lit up the win light with a 5.70 ET at 234 MPH over Young’s 5.68 ET at 260 MPH. After going out with a red bulb against Murphy at the Nightfire Nationals, Mendy Fry dispatched the veteran hot shoe with a redemptive 5.68 ET at 259 MPH that set the stage for the final round Top Fuel fight as the WW2 dragster sent sparklers up out of the headers in protest with a 5.89 ET at 211 MPH.The Champion Speed Shop team delivered the special back into the lanes in a Herculean effort considering the parts carnage that marked the beginning of their weekend. High-Speed Motorsports got their hemi together for the second Chevrolet vs. hemi Top Fuel final in as many races. Those who stuck around as night worked towards morning were duly rewarded with a close race and dramatic conclusion to the two-day event that witnessed drag racing the way it was moving into the future with next-generation fans and tomorrow’s racers smiling as Mendy Fry lowered them into the cockpit of her Top Fuel dragster in the Winner’s Circle for photos and a lifetime of memories.

NEXT STOP: BAKERSFIELD!

The next and last stop in the 5-Race 2017 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series is the California Hot Rod Reunion at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Adam Sorokin and Jim Murphy will run the postponed Nightfire Nationals Top Fuel final round. The assembled AAFD drivers and teams will then battle one last time for the 2017 Top Fuel Championship. Head over the NHRA Museum or Auto Club Famoso Raceway for more information and tickets to the premier vintage drag racing event on the west coast until the March Meet in 2018.

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ALL AMERICAN FUEL DRAGSTERS BRINGING TOP FUEL TO TULSA

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The All American Fuel Dragster coalition is bringing a full field of front-engine Top Fuel dragsters to the Nitro Nationals at Tulsa Raceway Park for their next to last battle in the 5-race NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Championship. This volatile nitro-fueled mix of qualifying and 8-car eliminations carries on a Tulsa Top Fuel dragster competition tradition set in motion at the NHRA World Finals from 1965 to 1968 and into the Seventies with the PRA National Challenge when the storied drag strip was known as Southwest Raceway.

Current Top Fuel points leader Jim Murphy and the WW2 Racing Team juggernaut are set to reprise nitro-burning action at Tulsa Raceway Park after unexpected rain at the Nightfire Nationals in Boise pushed the final round between Murphy and Adam Sorokin out to the California Hot Rod Reunion. Adam Sorokin feels the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet combination is on track against the Roland Leong-tuned WW2 hemi and anyone else. “I was clicking it early all through the Boise race. We only scuffed two pistons. I think the car is going to really start running”.

Driver Mendy Fry will be living on Tulsa time from the number two points position in the High-Speed Motorsports hemi-powered Top Fuel contender and Dusty Green will meet the Nitro-Hemi in T-Town for a run at the stripe from the number four slot. Jim Young and the Young Guns are rolling their hemi-powered front engine AA/fueler towards the Oil Capital of the World from Wisconsin and Tyler Hilton is moving towards Tulsa Town after footing his big block Chevrolet-powered Great Expectations III AA/Fuel dragster to a 5.89 ET at 247 MPH against Paul Romine’s Funny Car at US 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan.

Local favorite Paul “Nobody” Schultz is in good spirits and suiting up to run the hemi-powered Spirit of Tulsa AA/Fuel dragster for a Nitro Nationals top spot. Tim Cullinan and his Nitro Nostalgia entry are on the way from Illinois, and the oldest speed shop in the southeast will be represented by Julius Hughes and his Atlanta Speed Shop AA/Fueler. Last minute entries into the fray are as yet unknown. Reigning Top Fuel Champion Tony Bartone is on the injured list with the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield in sight as a recovery plan.

As more nitro is good nitro the All American Fuel Dragsters will join front-engine blown alcohol and injected nitro A/Fuel dragsters, fuel-huffing supercharged nostalgia Funny Cars and front engine Junior Fuel dragsters along with a collection of nostalgia high-axle Gassers and pre-1972 doorslammers that may or may not have a tiger in the tank. But wait, there’s more! The Nitro Nationals will also feature a car show, live bands, and a pinup contest held in conjunction with racing action.

NITRO NATIONALS TOP FUEL SCHEDULE:

The 2017 Nitro Nationals runs Friday and Saturday, September 22nd and 23rd. Gates open Friday at 10 AM for racers and vendors. Spectator gates open at 5 PM. Racing commences at 6 PM. Gates open Saturday at 9 AM. Racing starts at 2 PM.

Top Fuel and A/Fuel dragster, Funny Car and Junior Fuel begin qualifying under the lights Friday at 8 PM and resume Saturday 2 PM. Eliminations Saturday the 23rd at 6 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM. Schedule subject to change. Find an event flyer and schedule here.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd
Session 1 Qualifying 8 PM

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd
Session 2 Qualifying 2 PM
Round 1 Eliminations 6 PM
Round 2 Eliminations 8 PM
Eliminations Final 10 PM

NHRA HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES TOP FUEL POINTS STANDINGS:

Top Fuel points standings heading into the Nitro Nationals at Tulsa Raceway Park and fourth event in the 5-race NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series. Boise final round Top Fuel points to be settled at the California Hot Rod Reunion and last stop for the All American Fuel Dragster coalition this year at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California October 20th-22nd. Head on over to http://www.nhrahotrodheritage.com for a schedule, racing news, points standings, tickets, race results, rules and more.

1. Jim Murphy* 311
2. Mendy Fry 265
3. Adam Sorokin* 203
4. Dusty Green 185
5. Bret Williamson 128
6. Tony Bartone 126
7. Tyler Hilton 104
8. Jim Young 98
9. Pete Wittenberg 74
10. Phil Ruskowski 62
11. Rick McGee 52
11. Dave Miller 52
13. Brendan Murry 10
13. Julius Hughes 10
13. Paul Schultz 10
13. Jason Greenwood 10
13. Tim Cullinan 10

*Boise Final Round points TBD at California Hot Rod Reunion with 20 points awarded to winner

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TOP FUEL FINAL RAINED OUT IN GEM STATE

adam-sorokin-nightfireMurphy vs. Sorokin Battle Rescheduled for California Hot Rod Reunion.

An action-packed weekend of nitro-burning mayhem was unexpectedly cut short when rain at Firebird Raceway upended the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals ahead of the AA/FD Final Round, leaving semi-final victors Jim Murphy and Adam Sorokin in nitro limbo. Murphy and Sorokin will strap into their front-engine dragsters and settle their contest of wills at the California Hot Rod Reunion and last race of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Top Fuel Championship at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California on October 20-22.

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EXPLOSIVE QUALIFYING ACTION

The long race weekend celebrating Firebird Raceway’s 50th year began with some unanticipated AA/FD news as a surprisingly missing-in-action Tony Bartone left an odd number of Top Fuel drivers battling for front-engine nitro supremacy in Boise. Pre-race rumors left some wondering if Bartone was setting up a fake out, but only seven AA/Fuelers made the call for Friday’s Qualifying, confirming the absence of the 3-time Nightfire Nationals winner and reigning Top Fuel Champion. Still, four Chrysler Hemis and three Chevrolets entered Boise, with drivers ready to prove which combination would prevail.

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Near 100-degree daytime heat saw teams take different tuning approaches. Mendy Fry launched the Hemi-powered High Speed Motorsports dragster to a 5.78 ET in Session One. Later in the evening session, she clicked off early for event Low ET and number one qualifying spot with a 5.69 at 219 MPH. Concurrently, Jim Murphy drove the Roland Leong-tuned WW2 dragster out the back door oiled in and on fire into the number two slot. Fry witnessed the fiery drama unfold in front of her as Murphy passed lit up and smoking. Fortunately, both drivers emerged unscathed. Dusty Green gave the Nitro Hemi all it had in every round of qualifying for a number three position.

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Bret Williamson not only drove the Mike Fuller Forever Young dragster to a number four AA/Fuel qualifying slot but also made number one qualifier and low ET behind the wheel of a fearsome Corvette Pro Mod. Adam Sorokin stepped up from a Session One mechanical mix up with a 6.01 ET at 214 MPH and number five qualifying spot in the Champion Speed Shop Chevy-powered canopy entry. Tyler Hilton ran the Great Expectations III through qualifying with some gear changes for a number six position, and Phil Ruskowski ran the small block Chevrolet powered Mighty Mouse into the number seven spot ahead of Saturday night Round One Eliminations under the lights.

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TOP FUEL UNDER THE LIGHTS

With Low ET Mendy Fry ran a bye in Round One Eliminations. The High Speed Motorsports car got up on the tire and danced at half-track, but Mendy kept the rubber in the groove in the face of headwinds. Adam Sorokin deep staged the Champion Speed Shop dragster and took the win with a 5.89 ET at 217 MPH over Bret Williamson’s 6.17 ET at 199 MPH. Jim Murphy launched the Hemi-powered WW2 to a 5.75 ET at 252 MPH win after Phil Ruskowski red lit his small block Chevrolet powered Mighty Mouse dragster to a 7.42 ET at 171 MPH. Dusty Green ran his Nitro Hemi flames on to a 5.92 ET at 240 MPH over Tyler Hilton who gave chase in his big block Chevrolet powered Great Expectations III dragster with a 6.32 ET at 219 MPH.

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The Chrysler vs. Chevrolet matchup continued as Sunday Semi-Final Top Fuel action saw Adam Sorokin and the small block Chevrolet prevail with a 5.92 ET at 192 MPH over Mendy Fry who red lit the High Speed Motorsports dragster and fouled out. Jim Murphy ran the WW2 to a 5.80 ET at 235 MPH over a hole shot and hard charging Dusty Green who gave the Nitro Hemi everything it had with a close 5.95 ET at 243 MPH, finishing just one tenth of a second behind Murphy. The Final Round stage was set for an epic Hemi vs. Chevy battle as crews thrashed through engine teardowns for a chance at victory.

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The battle and win would have to wait. Drops of late afternoon rain for the first time in months gave way to downpour into the night. Hope was held out for a few hours, but after measured deliberation, the decision was made to postpone the race. Falling temperatures in concert with a soaked track and more rain forecast through morning put an anticlimactic end to four days of superior drag racing action. Murphy and Sorokin will settle their Nightfire Nationals Chizler vs. Chevy score at the California Hot Rod Reunion following the 4th session in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Top Fuel Championship at the Nitro Nationals September 22-23 at Tulsa Raceway Park.

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JIM MURPHY GRABS TOP FUEL WIN AT NHRA NATIONAL HOT ROD REUNION

Jim-Murphy-WW2Bowling Green, Kentucky – Jim Murphy grabbed a long-anticipated NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel event win at the 15th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion with a 5.71 ET at 257 MPH over opponent Jim Young who posted 5.92 ET at 253 MPH. Murphy welcomed the victory after climbing to five consecutive Nostalgia Top Fuel final rounds marked by unfortunate flukes. “We’ve had a dry spell for a couple of years, so this feels really good. It’s nice to get the monkey off my back”, said Murphy

Murphy drove the Roland Leong-tuned WW2 front-engine Top Fuel dragster with remarkably consistent power and speed throughout the 8-car Eliminations battle, posting a 5.72 ET at 245 MPH Round One win over Julius Hughes in his Atlanta Speed Shop fueler and a 5.73 ET at 240 MPH Semi-Final clincher over March Meet winner Mendy Fry, who footed the High Speed Motorsports dragster to a 5.81 ET at 260.21 MPH against Murphy in a tight race that had the capacity crowd going wild.

Final round opponent Jim Young set low ET and Top Speed of the event with 5.61-seconds and 260.36 MPH and moved up the Eliminations ladder over Tyler Hilton in the Great Expectations III and Tony Bartone in the Semi-Final while fighting tire shake so severe that it warped sections of the Young Guns dragster body. The Wisconsin-based Young was shaken but unbowed. “We’re making good horsepower, now I just have to get it down the track. I wish we could have sealed the deal, but we had a good outing”, said Young.

Jim Murphy and the WW2 were last victorious at Bowling Green in 2013 and took the points Championship the same year. His win at the 15th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky capped a weekend of blazing Top Fuel racing action that puts the California-based Murphy as current points leader moving into the 3rd race of the 5-race 2017 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Top Fuel Championship.

Next stop for the All American Fuel Dragster coalition is the 46th Pepsi NightFire Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho August 10-13. Be there! Head on over to www.nhrahotrodheritage.com for upcoming series race schedules, news, points, results, rules and more.

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MENDY FRY WINS MARCH MEET IN HIGH-SPEED MOTORSPORTS AA/FUEL DRAGSTER

Career Best Quickest Elapsed Times for Mendy Fry and High-Speed Motorsports in Historic AA/Fuel Dragster Victory. Top Fuel Eliminations Roundup.

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Mendy Fry emerged as the March Meet Top Fuel Champion after five days of side-by-side drag racing at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Fry drove the High-Speed Motorsports AA/Fuel dragster to the win in a final round matchup with Jim Murphy in the Roland Leong-tuned WW2 entry. Fry staged in and ran a full pass on a single with a 5.59-second ET at 252 MPH after Murphy lost fire on the burnout with a broken fuel pump drive shaft.

Victory arrived with Fry driving the same dragster that she earned her Top Fuel license back in 2004 after working up the drag racing ranks from Junior Fuel. Fry is the first woman to win the March Meet since 1982 when Lucille Lee bested Shirley Muldowney in what was the first all-female Top Fuel final ever. Fry was overwhelmed with emotion after her March Meet win.

“It has been so much work to get here. These guys have given me a shot at the best ride I’ve ever had. I can’t express what that means to me. It’s overwhelming”, said Fry.

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Fry emerged triumphant after near tragedy in Thursday night Top Fuel testing session when the input shaft broke on the hit and grenaded the clutch. The Trick Titanium bell housing safely contained the havoc, but the disintegrated clutch left the High-Speed team working night into morning. The team recovered in time for a number eight qualifying slot and climb up the eight car eliminations ladder into March Meet history.

March Meet Top Fuel racing action was as frenetic as it was close. Pete Wittenberg took a Round One win in his Hemi-powered Circuit Breaker with a 5.78-second ET in a tight race over Adam Sorokin’s 5.81-second ET in the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet dragster. Sorokin got out on Wittenberg with a hole shot but the Circuit Breaker held onto the power through the lights for the win by a slim margin at the finish line.

The Sunday Round One battle continued with a Hemi vs. Hemi battle as Bret Williamson drove the Mike Fuller Forever Young dragster to a win light over Dusty Green in the Nitro-Hemi entry. Williamson got the hole shot and 5.90-second ET at 249 MPH over Dusty Green who pushed the Nitro-Hemi hard to a 5.88-second ET that just wasn’t enough against the .149 light from Williamson.

Mendy Fry’s historic March Meet winning elapsed time echoed her earlier 5.59-second 249 MPH blast in Round One Eliminations that put 2016 points champion and 2017 March Meet #1 qualifier Tony Bartone back on the trailer to Long Island City, New York. Bartone double stepped then crossed the centerline out of the gate to foul out of eliminations.

Jim Murphy powered his WW2 dragster to a 5.71-second 243 MPH Round One win against Rick McGee in the Overtime Special. McGee had the better reaction time but lost traction after some wheelspin and drifted towards the wall before bouncing the Hemi-powered AA/Fuel dragster through the lights behind Murphy.

The Semi-Finals saw Mendy Fry trip up the Circuit Breaker with a half track pedal and 5.78-second 220 MPH run that sent Pete Wittenberg back to Anaheim, California. Wittenberg had just earned his Top Fuel license on Thursday night in the Pete Kaiser tuned Circuit Breaker. Jim Murphy took a Semi-Final win with a 5.63-second 244 MPH run after Bret Williamson smoked the tires on the hit and set the stage for the Final Round matchup against Mendy Fry.

Ten front-engine Top Fuel dragsters made it to the March Meet for qualifying but in the end, there was only room for eight contenders. Brendan Murry could not get his Hemi-powered Running Wild dragster moving quick enough and Phil Ruskowski from Canada did not get his pedal clutch equipped small block Chevrolet-powered AA/Fuel dragster into the show. Rain delayed Sunday Eliminations in the morning and again in the late afternoon as precipitation and an increasingly cold track surface prompted race officials to push the final round matchup into Monday.

While a broken fuel pump drive and push back out of the race was not the way Murphy would have preferred things to play out, he congratulated Mendy on her historic win and looked forward into the season of NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Top Fuel Racing action and run at the points championship. “It just wasn’t meant to be. It was a good weekend all in all. That could have happened in the first round. The championship is our ultimate goal”, said Murphy.

Next stop for the All American Fuel Dragsters coalition and nostalgia drag racing action is Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion June 15-17. The full schedule of events is available at the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series.

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ALL AMERICAN FUEL DRAGSTERS STAGED IN FOR MARCH MEET BATTLE

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Front-engined Top Fuel dragster teams and drivers have ventured to Bakersfield to race the March Meet since the late Fifties. The nitromethane-fueled tradition continues in modern times as the All American Fuel Dragsters coalition is set to unleash a combined 40,000 horsepower assault onto the hallowed Famoso Raceway quarter mile in an epic battle for a slot into 8-car eliminations and 200-plus mile per hour run at victory.

Following up on the establishment of national level Top Fuel dragster competition set in motion by the Smokers and Don Garlits at the first March Meet in 1959, two-time March Meet winner and three-time NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel champion Tony Bartone is on the way out west for from the east coast to do battle with California-based Top Fuel titans who are prepared to serve up supercharged west coast competition.

Four-time March Meet title holder Jim Murphy and crew chief Roland Leong have been busy desert-testing the fearsome WW2 Top Fuel dragster with eyes on a fifth event win and five-feat matched only by Don Garlits. Following a number of years inside a nostalgia funny car, Nitro Kitty Mendy Fry is back driving the hemi-powered High Speed Motorsports front-engine Top Fuel dragster. “I am more than excited to be back with the High Speed team, driving a car that is a serious threat to Bartone’s #1 seat”, said Fry.

South San Francisco’s Champion Speed Shop is set to fuel its small block Chevrolet up against the whale and elephant hemi-powered entries. Driver Adam Sorokin is confident that the Chevy can run the number and welcomes competition from all points. “I’m happy about that, we need different people out here. West coast. East coast. Doesn’t matter to me. I just want to put them on the trailer”, said Sorokin. Tedford & McGee are bringing the formidable Overtime Special into the fight with the hot setup from the Central Valley.

The Nitro-Hemi is traveling over the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to connect with driver Dusty Green who agrees with the more is better approach and feels the March Meet is where the action starts. “I think it’s going to be a shootout and a hell of a show for the fans. There are strong cars coming from all over”, said Green. From all over case-in-point is Phil Ruskowski, who is carrying the international front-engined Top Fuel torch south from Canada to put fire into his small block Chevrolet-powered Nitro Mouse digger in Bakersfield.

San Jose’s own Brendan Murry is hauling his 426 elephant-powered Hemi dragster out of his backyard garage towards Bakersfield while Tyler Hilton is ready to hit the big block Chevrolet loud pedal on the Great Expectations III after productive pre-season preparation. Bret Williamson was seen warming up the Mike Fuller “Forever Young” hemi-powered entry during a Famoso testing session last weekend and Pete Wittenberg is on his way to a license pass and subsequent qualifying in the KMA Circuit Breaker rail dragster.

The 2017 Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway is the Top Fuel opening salvo in the 5-race battle for in the 2017 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series run up. The New England Hot Rod Reunion fell off the schedule last year but the good news is Tulsa Raceway Park has stepped up to host the AAFD slingshot coalition at the annual Nitro Nationals September 22-23 and bring the series back up to a 5-race battle in which all races count.

After rain dampened pre-race testing efforts March Meet AAFD testing will officially commence on Thursday, March 2nd at 3:00. First round qualifying is scheduled for Friday at 12:30 with a second round slated for 3:15. Eliminations commence on Sunday at 11:45 AM in Bakersfield. Be there! As nitromethane is unpredictable at best, the March Meet schedule is subject to change. More information on the March Meet and a full event schedule can be found by clicking through to the Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

As more quarter mile nitromethane-fueled action is, in fact, better, the AAFD front-engined Top Fuel slingshot coalition will join forces at Famoso with unruly fuel altereds, vintage rear-engined Top Fuel dragsters, nostalgia funny cars, nitro-burning injected A/Fuel dragsters and an as yet unknown quantity of nitro-huffing entries dispersed through the Nostalgia Eliminator, 7.0 Pro and index ranks. It all adds up to the hot rod hootenanny of injected and blown nitro-burning drag racing action that can only be the March Meet in Bakersfield.

MARCH MEET NITRO SCHEDULE: SUBJECT TO CHANGE

WEDNESDAY, March 1st
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Open Test & Tune

THURSDAY, March 2nd
3:00 PM: Nitro Testing Session

FRIDAY March 3rd
12:30 PM: Top Fuel & Funny Car Qualifying Session 1
3:15 PM: Top Fuel & Funny Car Qualifying Session 2
5:00 PM: Fuel Altered Qualifying Session 1. Rear Motor Top Fuel Session 1

SATURDAY, March 4th
12:30 PM: Top Fuel & Funny Car Qualifying Session 3
3:15 PM: Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
4:00 PM: Fuel Altered Qualifying Session 2/Rear Motor Top Fuel Session 2

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! March 5th
11:00 AM: Opening Ceremony
11:45 AM: Nitro Final Eliminations
2:00 PM: Nitro Semi Finals
4:15 PM: Nitro Finals

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TULSA “NITRO NAT’LS” TO FEATURE HERITAGE SERIES TOP FUEL

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Paul Schultz in his “Spirit of Tulsa” AA/Fueler

GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2017) – NHRA and Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park announced today that the Oklahoma facility will host a round of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series event in 2017 for both the Top Fuel and A/Fuel classes.

The event will be held Sept. 22-23 in conjunction with Tulsa Raceway Park’s annual Nitro Nationals event and will the fourth of five events in the series for Top Fuel, and the fifth of six events for the A/Fuel competitors. Both classes will earn NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series points at the event.

The Nitro Nationals is a long standing staple event at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park and commemorated the tracks 50thAnniversary event two years ago. The event is run as a Friday night – Saturday show and will also feature Nostalgia Funny Cars, Jr. Fuel and Nostalgia Gasser classes along with a 1972 and older car bracket class.  Event festivities will include a car show and Pin Up contest.

Top Fuel racers will count all five of their Hot Rod Heritage Series events toward the year-end championship where A/Fuel will count their best five of six events toward their championship.  Both classes will end their season at the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, October 20-22, at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. -AAFD–