Ky. (June 15, 2019) The 2019 NHRA Holley National Hot Rod Reunion
presented by AAA Insurance roared to life with an action packed
Thursday featuring classic cars, nostalgic quarter-mile drag
racing, and legends of the sport at Beech Bend Raceway Park.
The three-day event paid tribute to the love affair America has
with the car culture and celebrates the passion of the owners
and their machines.
a very successful event for racers and fans alike," said
Larry Fisher, executive director of the NHRA Motorsports Museum.
"We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was a picture-perfect
backdrop for hundreds of beautiful hot rods and super-fast race
cars." Adding to Fisher's remarks, the NHRR is notorious
for its hot, humid and often rainy weather. For the first time
in memory this weekend was described by all as nice, comfortable
and of course, unusual.
Racing action ignited the senses
as drivers in 16 different categories raced side-by-side for
two days of qualifying leading to Saturday eliminations.
In Nostalgia Top Fuel, Mendy
Fry, current world champion and top qualifier for the event,
powered to victory in her High Speed Motorsports dragster with
a pass of 5.561 at 259.21. It was a side-by-side battle all the
way down the track in the final round as Fry defeated Jim Young's
run of 5.651 at 262.28. She landed in the final round after turning
on the win light against Jerry Hangey and Tyler Hilton earlier
in the day.
Jeff Arend took home the coveted
Wally in the Nostalgia Funny Car category with his run of 5.784-seconds
at 243.28 mph. Arend's California Hustler Trans Am was also the
top qualifier for the weekend. He defeated Dan Horan Jr. and
Eric Stevens on his way to the winners circle.
In other categories competing,
Rich Krohn won in 6.0 Eliminator, Jeffrey Sanborn won in 7.0
Eliminator and Randall Boles was the winner in 7.5 Eliminator.
Dan Dishon captured the win in Competition Eliminator and Jim
Hayes emerged victorious in Gas Eliminator. In Modified Eliminator,
Greg Carta came away with the win and Jimmy Ray took the top
spot in Nostalgia Super Stock. The win was captured by George
Warren in Top Stock Eliminator and in Hot Rod Eliminator, Paul
Mitchell snagged the victory. Rounding out the day's winners
were Herman Hill in Straight Axle and Joe Bush in Geezer Gassers.
Some Text courtesy
of All American Fuel Dragsters and NHRA Motorsports Museum
Special thanks to the Sopko
trio for the great photos.
Without further ado, lets go
For the second
year in a row Mendy Fry wins Top Fuel at the Holley National
Hot Rod Reunion in the High Speed Motorsports AA/Fuel dragster.
And for the second year in a row her opponent was Jim Young.
And for the second year in a row it was a close, exciting final
round. Fry took it with 5.56 ET at 259 MPH while Young was right
there with a 5.65 ET at 262 MPH.
High Speed Motorsports
consistently has the largest team at each and every race, no
matter where they are. Once again Tom Shelar and his fifth different
driver to win the NHRR, Mendy Fry whooped it up with a few of
this day's clan for the 8th time in the Bowling Green Winners