FRY WINS 2018 NHRR
High Speed Team Win in The Events 16 Year History
Bowling Green, KY 06.16.2018:
When Tom & Rick Shelar leave Anaheim, CA for Bowling Green,
KY with the dragster in tow, they know its not a fools
mission. When it comes to the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion
at Beech Bend Dragway, they own the Top Fuel title. Team High
Speed Motorsports has now been victorious for the 8th time, using
5 different drivers over the events 15 year history.
This year it was Mendy Fry who
took the Top Fuel win with a 5.72 ET at 252 MPH over Jim Young
who ran a 5.84 ET at 256 MPH. The final round was a dramatic
conclusion to three days of sweltering racing action as front-engine
Top Fuel contenders fought for a slot in eight car eliminations.
Fry and Young tossed the lead back and forth until everything
changed at half track. "He left on me with a .78 light to
a .134 light. The lead changed a few times. The incrementals
were pretty close until about half track and then I didn't see
him until I pulled the chutes!"
Tom (Shelar, owner/tuner)
had a bracket car all day and he knows how to read this track,
said Fry. It was 150 degrees, greasy, and he gave me a
car that could win. I didnt screw anything up and we won.
Runner-up Jim Young took the
Young Guns dragster from the number two qualifying slot into
the decider and posted event Top Speed even after getting out
of the groove and drifting towards the wall before crossing the
stripe at 256 MPH. "It got away from me a little bit",
said the Wisconsin-based contender, who didn't make the decision
to head out to Bowling Green until the Sunday before the race.
Young also grabbed Top Speed in qualifying with a 254 MPH blast
and has his eyes on pushing the Young Guns dragster to 270 MPH.
So fans, on behalf of High Speed
Motorsports, we hope you enjoy this in-depth coverage.
Welcome to Beech Bend Dragway.
To share this event we're going to do something a little different.
We'll start mid-morning Thursday at the HSMS pit area and give
you a candid look at the team getting ready for the first qualifying
session scheduled for later that afternoon.
Car Chief Rick Shelar is a check
and double check guy and his vigilance starts when the car comes
out of the trailer.
You want candid - Mendy
in her lounge chair.
Eric Mc Morrow getting
his post set-up as Alanna Kuhn and Dakota Fontes look on.
HSMS C.O.O & Team
Manager Tom Shelar.
Eric and Al Renteria
Amy Dobson from the Hospitality
girls waiting to shoot the warmup.
About an hour before
qualifying the car gets warned up and checked for any problems.
Cole Coonce (who is married to
Mendy Fry) and Whit Bazemore getting ready to video the weekend
for his Drag Strip Rumble
Champion Speed Shop owner
Bob McLennan and eventual runner-up Jim Young.
Frank "Root Beer"
Hedge and Top Fuel vet Brendan Murry.
Takin' 5 in the shade.
Time to roll to the staging
Walt Stevens saying "Hi"
to a Drag Strip Rumble mic on his way out to backup Mendy.
The first pair out to test the
waters were Californians Mendy Fry of Los Angeles, CA driving
the High Speed Motorsports car. She went up against Brendan Murry
from San Jose, CA in his Running Wild Racing fueler.
And they're off.
Murry had a couple of dead holes
while Fry had problems of her own. Murry got a 6.381 at 180.91
time slip while Fry got a DQ.
FRIDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION
Different day, same heat
and brutal humidity.
The second pair out pitted
"Diamond Dave" Miller and Mendy Fry.
Fry stopped the clocks with a
stout 5.680 at 235.97 which put her at the head of the class.
Miller's 8.24 at 111.53 left him on the outside looking in.
FRIDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION
The final pair of the final session
was Mendy Fry and her eventual final round opponent Jim Young.
Q3 proved to be a pricey run
as the oil pump failed at 2.8 seconds into the run. The result
was connecting rod failures in the shut down area. Time for a
FINAL QUALIFYING FOR
NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL
Page Two - Saturday
Page Three - Final
- Winners Circle
1 - Mendy Fry, 5.680 235.97
2 - James Young, 5.798 254.90
3 - Adam Sorokin, 5.824 216.93
4 - Dusty Green, 5.891 242.19
5 - Tim Cullinan, 5.904 239.53
6 - Brendan Murry, 5.950 213.91
7 - Jason Greenwood, 6.101 243.24
8 - Julius Hughes, 6.368 242.02
------------ Not Qualified ------------
9 - Dave Miller, 6.417 166.11
10 - Paul Schultz, 6.540 194.58
11 - Tyler Hilton, 7.503 213.50