A Crown Royal Season
Back from the topend,
waiting to enter the staging lanes for the trophy presentation.
Proud husband Cole Coonce.
Why so many Winners Circle
photos? To make sure every team member is included.
Donnie Ho, Sean Bellemeur,
Walt Stevens, Frank Hedge, Rick Shelar Mendy and Tom.
This page is mainly for the
team who made 2018 happen. Hopefully the HSMS fans will appreciate
the group effort to the championship. Race hard, party hard.
Arguably the HSMS "team"
is one of the largest single car teams in all of drag racing.
There is the core team, the family team, the go-back-in-time
team ... you get the picture. What started with Frank Hedge,
Walt Stevens and Tom Shelar 18 years ago has grown into a juggernaut
NTF operation. The history is extensive and not a topic for here.
It is documented within this website. Race
Coverage from 2004
Let the Crown Royal begin.
Pretty much the whole
Rick and Tom - the brothers
make it happen.
Andy Koski, Viki Hucke McCright,
Tami Hucke Norgrove, Cam Westover, Mendy, Buzz Baylis, Nancy
Koski, Steven McGogh and Dianna Waite
Tom, Rebecca and Frankie
Hedge, Frank and Ruthie Hedge, Mendy and Donnie.
Where it started, Walt,
Tom and Frank.
Some girls like diamonds,
Mendy prefers gold.
Mark Gewertz, a Mendy
fan, was on hand for NHRA National Dragster.
Media was well represented.
Rick Shelar and Don Ewald
Matthew, Eric and Alanna
Mendy flanked by Darrel
and Tami Read.
A Shelar sibling moment.
Sister Carol Dobson with the three brothers, Rick, Larry and
Intern gets baptized.
HSMS vet Arlene Eliason
is loving Wally.
Viki Hucke McCright, Tami Hucke
Norgrove and Mendy reminiscing when their dads were racing.
Pretty sure this is a first.
Not a snow angel here, but rather a Starting line, nitro, rubber
and VHT angel.
Terri Youngblood was
This may be the most special
photo of the lot. Mendy went into the in-need-of-repairs "Famoso
Grove" to take this shot with a plaque honoring her late
father who set the stage for her career.
Friends for over 17 years, "The
Kids" both had a dream season. Sean dominated the NHRA Top
Alcohol Funny Car class taking home 5 Wally's and a World Championship.
Mendy's season is well documented. Both got their nitro driving
careers started with High Speed Motorsports.
Walt and Maria Stevens.
Kenny Youngblood gets
in on the act.
Rick Bucher was all in.
Kyle and Amanda Wakefield
By the time the team took the
stage for the event win, well, much Crown and Coors had been
Darrell Reid, Mendy,
Tom, Al Renteria Jr and Jake Dungan.
Amanda Wakefield was
Donnie Ho was blindsided when
Tom gave him the CHRR Wally. A long time crew member who deserved
I'll drink to that!
Bring on 2019.
As a postscript, the official
NHRA Championship presentation took place at Pomona during the
NHRA World Finals. Fry, along with all the other 2018 Hot Rod
Heritage Series champions were recognized on stage and rewarded
with championship jackets.
Mendy and Cole
Mendy flanked by Tom
and Rick Shelar and Carol Dobson.
Champions beget champions.
Don Prudhomme and Roland Leong.
So ends a dream season. The
entire High Speed Motorsports team thanks the manufacturers who
support us, the fans who have cheered them on and each other.
See everyone in March.
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