TOP FUEL FINAL
- WINNERS CIRCLE & POST RACE
Following round two there was
a 3+ hour wait for the final. Routine maintenance was done, then
there was some take a deep breath time.
Cole Coonce and Whit
Bazemore taping footage for Drag Strip Rumble
The final warm-up for
Kyle Wakefield who does
the Bottom End. This is screaming for a caption.
With the sun setting
in the west, it was time to roll for for a meeting with Mr. Young.
As it should be on paper, the
final matched the #1 and #2 qualifiers, Mendy Fry and Jim Young.
This was a coin toss.
Young left first leaving
Fry to play catch-up.
Young still had the lead
at the 330' mark.
Before the 1/8th mile
blocks Young got out of the groove but never lifted.
Young's tire tracks tell
This race was closer than the
numbers suggest. Once again the fans who stayed witnessed one
of the best NTF races of the year. With the win Fry added another
notch in the High Speed Motorsports pistol grip being the 5th
team driver to win an unprecedented 8 NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion
Top Fuel title.
The team arriving back
at the pits with smiles and adult beverages.
Cole was on hand to give
his wife a big hug!
Then it was time to collect the
gold which included a trophy, Wally, a nice check and of course,
the points lead.
Then it was time to share
Group photo on Sunday before
heading back home. LtoR top: Mark Smith, Don Anderson, Angela
Reeves, Tom Shelar, Mendy Fry, Rick Shelar, Arlene Eliason, Kyle
Wakefield, Amanda Miller . Front: Tami & Darrell Reid, Alanna
Kuhn, Al Renteria Jr. and Eric Mc Morrow.
Next Stop: 2018 Boise
Nightfire Nationals August 9-12.
Page One - Qualifying
Page Two - Eliminations