Tulsa, OK - September
inaugural Tulsa Nitro Nationals was a stellar Top Fuel field
featuring some of the quickest and fastest fuelers in the world.
At the end of the day it was Mendy Fry who pushed herself and
the High Speed Motorsports AA/Fuel dragster to a victory over
Adam Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet
at the Nitro Nationals 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
Sorokins 5.75 ET at 245 MPH runner-up.
Rookie Tera Wendland
Graves scored in Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car driving John Hale's
One Bad Texan Mustang. Graves ran consistent 5.80s to take home
the Wally. This was her first time in competition.
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 Winners 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
Some Text courtesy
of All American Fuel Dragsters
Friday Night - 1st Qualifying
The final car for the first session
was Mendy Fry in the High Speed Motorsports fueler which is #2
in the points
Fry clicked it a bit
early to score low ET of the first session.. 5.87 at just 201.07.
Eliminations - Round One
For the opening stanza
Mendy Fry was paired with Tyler Hilton.
Fry left first and never
Eliminations - Round Two
To determine who would go to
the final it was Mendy Fry and Jim Murphy. This match up had
major points implications.
Murphy had 3 hundredths
in the bank and the race was on.
It was one hell of a drag race
until Murphy's engine expired at the 1000' mark. Fry took the
win with a 5.687 at 259.51. Murphy slowed to a 5.895 at 211.66.
The final pitted the
#2 and #3 cars in points; Mendy Fry and Adam Sorokin.
Sorokin did his job on the starting
line with a nice advantage (.018 to a .067) leaving Fry to play
At the stripe it was Mendy Fry
with low ET of the meet, 5.628 at 258.47. Sorokin's hole shot
was not enough as he trailed with a nice 5.752 at 245.00. The
win put Fry within 7 points of Murphy for the NTF crown that
will play out at the CHRR in October.
Mendy Fry, Tom Shelar
and a couple of friends.