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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 the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 the tale.

 

 

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 the gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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Page Two - Eliminations

 

 

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