GREEN SCORES 5th HSMS
NHRR TOP FUEL WIN
Low ET & Top Speed of Meet
2009 - Bowling Green, KY: The 7th annual National Hot Rod Reunion is in
the record books and for many reasons, it was an event that will
stand out in the memories of all who attended. No one will forget
the relentless heat and brutal humidity... the worst ever for
the event. But they will also remember the over 400 race cars
that descended upon the historical Beech Bend track, the hundreds
of quality street and hot rods that packed the areas designated
for them and of course, the huge crowd that packed the facility
on Saturday and a record number of Cacklefest cars that put on
a great show Saturday night.
And for many,
the Top Fuel show will be talked about for years to come... especially
Troy Green. Troy and Bowling Green - a match made in motorsports
heaven. Destiny may have played a part. Well, at least for Troy
it was a very special National Hot Rod Reunion weekend. Troy,
of Purcell, OK, defeated veteran reunion competitor Denver Schutz,
of Fresno, CA, in a nail-biting race in the Top Fuel category,
6.777 to 6.890.
Winning in the
High Speed Motorsports top fueler was only part of the victory,
Troy also celebrated his first fathers day with his lucky charm,
newly adopted daughter Ava Claire. A few weeks before the Reunion,
Troy and his wife Lara partnered with The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids
to adopt their little girl. All weekend long, little Ava was
part of daddys racing crew sporting a baby tee that read
#1 Top Fuel. A littler charmer indeed!
very excited about being able to bring awareness about adoption
to as many people as we can. There are nearly 129,000 foster
children available for adoption in the United States. We would
like to help these children find forever families," expressed
Troy Green on his adoption.
the scorching heat, Reunion organizers were overwhelmed with
positive feedback from racers, hot rodders and most importantly,
the fans that keep coming back for more.
Under some of
the worst of conditions Troy Green driving the potent High Speed
Motorsports top fueler, captured an unprecedented 5th Top Fuel
win in the seven year history of the NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion.
Under thee days of very hot, very humid Kentucky skies, Green
went low in all three rounds of qualifying and ultimately capped
the weekend with a thrilling pedalfest final with Denver Schutz
in the Cullen & Schutz Raisin Express 2.
the drag racing record books, including the NHRA Stat Guy, no
one can find where a pro fuel team has ever won an NHRA featured
event five of the first seven time it was contested - until now.
No wonder the HSMS guys look forward to the long trip back to
Enough lead in,
enjoy the rest of the story accompanied by hundreds of great
Arlene Eliason, Don Ewald, Paul Hutchins, Paul Broughton and
Backing up to Friday, the weekend
weather report had already set the stage for the most uncomfortable
NHRR yet. Like everyone else, the HSMS team set up camp and went
about the job at hand... winning a drag race.
It didn't take long for
the loyal fans to start getting Troy Green's autograph.
The rest of the team prepared
the car for the first qualifying session scheduled for 2 PM.
This would be a good time to
report that at this particular event the HSMS team was comprised
of a very large cast. It was a Shelar family reunion, the Johansen
clan was well represented and Troy Green had family and friends
up from Oklahoma. Add in other friends and fans - well, it was
well over 30 folks in and out of the pit over the weekend and
needless to say, not all worked on the car.
Gorman Green (Troy's dad) got
a chance to mind Ava while his son gets into his firesuit.
Rian in a desperate attempt
to cool off everything.
The HSMS hospitality
area was never short of bodies.
In charge of the hospitality
center was the "Iron Chef" Roger McMartin.
The call for session
one went out and the truck quickly filled up.
Green made the short walk to
the staging lanes because, well, he couldn't fit in the truck.
The crew (Tom Shelar and Rian
Kono above) and Brett Johansen and Kono (below) check out the
track temp and condition prior to the session.
Steve (Nitro Man) Wallace
and Walt Stevens waited for the action to begin.
Friday - Qualifying
1:58 p.m. Really hot and humid
with a heat index of 105 degrees. Track temp in 130. Not even
close to ideal racing conditions.
Session one found Green in the
right lane paired with Dave Miller in the Telstar entry out of
Cedar Hills, MO.
Walt Stevens was at his
post doing the front part of the backup directions.
Brett Johansen did his final
check of the engine before sending Green up to stage.
At the hit the car moved
No tire or engine smoke... a
nice 6.029 was the perfect base line pass and good for low ET
of the session.
Saturday - Qualifying
In session two Green
was paired up with good friend Adam Sorokin in the RB Entertainment
- Champion Speed Shot fueler out of the Bay area of California.
Saturday 1:59 p.m. The second
round of Top Fuel was right on schedule. The heat and humidity
of Friday had decided to stick around. Again, it was not the
kind of weather one can go fast in.
After a tweak on the first session
tune-up, the car left hard and had a better 60' time.
Green shut off at the 1200' mark
but still carded the first five of the weekend. It would be one
of only three recorded at the event and the first of two by the
The engine was not totally
happy as it nipped a piston in the lights.
The crew was happy as
this pass would stand for low ET (again) of the session.
Within minutes of getting back
to the pits the crew had the engine down to a long block and
prepared to replace the damaged pistons.
It's not hard to see
where the problems were.
A new rack of pistons
was in the engine within 30 minutes.
Rick Shelar, the "bottom
end" man, had a rough weekend as checking the bearings and
changing pistons is the least enviable, yet most important job
on the crew. When its killer hot, the job is only tougher.
Fuel, warm-up - ready
for the final session.
When you go to sleep in a racing
pit you leave yourself wide open for any number of pranks. Thus
was the fate of an out cold Patrick Shelar. His dad, Tom, latched
on to a Sharpie and proceeded to do a not so professional job
of ear tattooing.
Saturday - Qualifying
7:16 p.m. Right on schedule again
and appeared to be better conditions. Almost total cloud cover
and much cooler...about 92 degrees. But the high humidity still
had the air too heavy to take advantage of a very good track.
Only four cars opted to run the
final session and in the second pair Green was back in the right
lane with Denver Schutz in the left. Ironically this would be
a preview of the final with considerably better times.
Both cars left hard with
Green scooting out in front from the hit.
There it was - low ET of the
meet (and top speed - 250 mph) and a lock on the #1 qualifying
The crew - and fans -
loved that one.
Top Fuel Qualifying after 3rd Session
NHRR Page Two
2009 NHRR Video Clips
1 - Troy Green
5.931 @ 250.13
2 - Rick Rogers 6.015 @ 245.27
3 - Denver Schutz 6.029 @ 241.58
4 - Howard Haight 6.075 @ 245.32
5 - Adam Sorokin 6.116 @ 236.09
6 - Dave Miller 6.362 @ 93.39
7 - Lincoln Hassell 6.868 @ 175.09
8 - Brendan Murry 8.123 @ 116.75