GREEN SETS BOTH ENDS
OF TRACK RECORD
Sets low ET (5.71) and Top Speed (261)
KY - June 13 - 15, 2008: After a 2007 detour to not so nostalgic National
Trail Raceways in Ohio, the NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion returned
to where it started in 2003 and most assuredly belongs - Beech
Bend Park Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Back to defend
their Top Fuel title and shoot for a fifth straight NHRR win
was the High Speed Motorsports/SilverThin Bearings team with
Troy Green in the drivers seat.
a fifth win was not in the cards. After setting both ends of
the Beech Bend track record (5.727 at 258.67) Green experienced
engine problems in the semi-final and lost a very close race
to Adam Sorokin. Although disappointed with the loss, the HSMS
team firmly believe they have a car that can win the next three
major events (Boise, ID. - Fontana, CA. - and the CHRR in October.
Further, the loss did not effect Green's position as points leader
in the 2008 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series. Points were
not on the table for this event.
and race results below
The rig arrived at the track
on Thursday morning and was pretty much set up by noon.
Tom Shelar (on ladder) got to
see some of his family that lives in the Midwest: l-r, his sister
Carol, her grandson Dakota, his dad Robert, and Roberts dad,
Curly. Braved the trip from Iowa, with a couple small detours.
Robert's workplace's CNC shop was 3 feet under water back home.
By Friday morning the entire
team was in town and getting the car ready for the first qualifying
Top Fuel Qualifying
- Session One
3:12 p.m. After clean up from an earlier thunder storm, with
skies darkening again the Top Fuel cars had a window of opportunity
to beat mother nature and get the first session in.
In spite of the threatening weather,
this was one of the largest Friday crowds ever at the NHRR.
Waiting for the signal
to fire-up for a single pass.
With the car in reverse after
the burnout, Walt Stevens guides Green back to the starting line
under the direction of Brett Johansen.
Johansen makes final adjustments
to the engine before Green moves in to stage.
Green had some good numbers to
half track and then executed a planned shut off with an early
chute to clock 6.156 at 176.56. This told crew chief Brett Johansen
all he needed to make an all out assault in session two.
Another thunder shower hit shortly
after the Top Fuel session and after some water clean up the
crew got the car ready for the next session scheduled for Saturday
Not everybody was working on
the car and didn't need to. For this event the team not only
had a full crew from home but several family members who live
in the area. There was more than enough help.
Amelia and Dale Singh
Top Fuel Qualifying
- Session Two
Saturday - 2:22 p.m -
hot and humid - amid the threat of more thunder showers the Top
Fuel cars came out for their second shot at what was proving
to be an excellent Beech Bend track.
From noon on, the stands and
fence areas filled at a steady pace. By late afternoon there
wasn't even standing room left. This is the kind of crowd the
racers, promoters and sponsors love.
For session two Green
was paired with Brad Thompson.
Both cars left hard and
carded good 60' times.
At the other end it was Green
getting there first with a 5.836 at 248.93. Thompson started
eating a piston or three on the top end and clicked it a bit
early to a 5.892 at 222.55.
After the car was serviced after
the second session the team had a chance to relax and be entertained
by Brendan Murry (who also drives Top Fuel).
With the third session schedule
for 8:00 p.m. the car got its warm-up about 6:45.
Top Fuel Qualifying
- Session Three
8:00 p.m. The cars were
all in the staging lane but couldn't run until the sun set in
the was as it is directly in the drivers eyes at this time of
Lara Green helps hubby
Troy get into his firesuit.
Sunset - fire the fuelers.
Green was the final top fueler
out before Cacklefest and had another single.
Johansen told Green to only go
900 feet or so but that plan was abbreviated by tire shake about
The weather bureau promised that
Sunday would the best day of the weekend - and they didn't lie.
The Kentucky sun was shining, the unbearable humidity of Saturday
was down to 40% and there were fans in the stands. Life was good.
With the first round of eliminations
scheduled for 11:30 the car headed toward the staging lanes at
Things kicked off at 11:00 a.m.
with Dave McClelland introducing the event Grand Marshall, Dick
Following the National Anthem
the first pair of Top Fuel cars were fired. Green was in the
second pair matched with Texan, David Pace.
Green rolls through the
waterbox to begin his burnout.
Green was out first by
a ton and never looked back.
Green flat unloaded on the troops
running low ET and top speed of the event - 5.727 at 258.67 -
both ends of the track record.
good about things the crew serviced the car in preparation of
their semi final meeting with Adam Sorokin.
Top Fuel Eliminations
- Round Two
2:16 p.m. - its 88 degrees
with a track temp of 135.
Suited up, Green got
into the car.
Coming off his stunning 5.72
pass in round one, Troy Green was a heavy favorite in his semi
final match with Adam Sorokin.
At the hit Sorokin put a ton
in the bank (0.023 to 0.094) and we had the best drag race of
Behind from the gate, Green was
also bit in the ass by a dead #8 hole from A to B. The dropped
cylinder coupled with the Sorokin hole shot spelled the end of
the High Speed Motorsports quest for a fifth straight NHRR win.
Sorokin moved to the final with
a skating, out of the groove 6.063 at 216.17 over a quicker and
faster 6.051 at 244.03... Green's slowest full run of the weekend
couldn't have come at a worse time.
In spite of the
disappointment, the HSMS crew remained a class act responding
to the cheers of the fans.
What goes up,
must come down. With the racing part of the weekend over, the
crew loads up the trailer for the long trip home.
Get home to Anaheim... take the
time to go through the car, review the data and then head back
up the road to Boise, ID for the Night Fire Nationals in August.
The team has ONE goal in mind - the trophy!
Race Video Clips Here