As he has done so many
times before, Sean helps Mendy suit up.
Round two found Mendy
paired up with Tyler Hilton.
After the burnout Robert Hilton
noticed a broken rear axle mount on the Great Expectations III
and told his son to stage in case Mendy faltered but not to leave.
She didn't and the car was shut off.
Mendy legged it to the
traps carding a 5.614 at 247.34 moving her to another final.
TOP FUEL FINAL
For the final Arlene went to
the top of the tower to get the big picture of an epic race.
It was Mendy and Adam. Where have we heard that before?
Fire 'em up, roll 'em
The best leaver in the class
didn't disappoint. Sorokin put .060 in the bank leaving Mendy
to play catch-up.
Mendy caught the wounded Sorokin
at the 900' mark after the auto shutoff system went off on the
Champion car at 700ft mark and shut the engine off. Post race
all the data was normal. All they could figure was a short in
Mendy carded low ET and top speed
of the meet for the event win and the 2019 Heritage Top Fuel
championship. Her 5.604 at 258.07 beat Sorokin's dead in the
water 5.980 at 186.54.
Not quite a mosh pit,
but there were lots of hugs, cheers and looks of relief.
Being the classs act they are,
Bob McLennan and the Champion Speed Shop team are the first to
join the celebration.
The rest of this page is for
the team, especially the Shelar family.
just call it "Winners Circle"
Everytime you saw the High Speed
car make a pass you would see Tom on this scooter speeding to
the top end to meet his driver.
*Side note from my editor,
Bob Brown. "Ill
bet I know what was in those mason jars they were drinking from.
My A/Fuel buddies from Tulsa (Grand Prix injected nitro car)
always bring a few jars of homemade moonshine to the CHRR and
the MM. The home-printed labels call it Apple Pie
and its a regional favorite in Oklahoma."
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