Sweet Victory After 3 NHRR Runner-ups




Bowling Green, Kentucky - June 20, 2016:

More racing action headlined the final day of the NHRA Holley Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway with eliminations taking place in all the categories. In the signature event, the Nostalgia Top Fuel pitted west coast racers Adam Sorokin and Jim Murphy.

Murphy, tuned by the legendary Roland Leong, put himself in an early hole with a .126 second reaction time to a .062 of Sorokin. Murphy wandered out of the groove at the 900' mark and had to lift. Sorokin in the bright red Champion Speed Shop dragster also got out of the groove but the ace pilot was able to hang on for the win.

Sorokin, the 2012 Nostalgia Top Fuel champion, posted a time of 5.762 seconds at 237.38 mph to the losing run of 6.376 at 158.87. With the win, Sorokin took over the points lead in Nostalgia Top Fuel category and won at an event the California based team had circled on their calendar.

“It was worth the drive, worth the sweat, worth the heat, and this have been a race we have been kinda had a thorn in our side for,” said Sorokin following the win. “We have been to the final three times but could just never pull the trigger on a win. This race to us is like Churchill Downs, rolling fields, hay and stuff, just a beautiful thing.”

The weekend was capped with the another legendary Cacklefest® featuring over 40 nostalgic cars, both push start and static start, filling the evening air with the smell of nitro.


Some Text courtesy of the NHRA Motorsports Museum






The first of three qualifying sessions found the Top Fuel cars in the lanes at 3 PM. There were 12 cars vying for 8 spots.















Top Fuel Qualifying Session 1


First pair out was Jim Young in his "Young Guns Racing" entry out of Salem, WI and the new car of Jason Greenwood who hails from Racine, WI.















Frank Ousley of Crop Duster fame was lending a helping hand to Greenwood.






Greenwood had problems early.



Young went into tire smoke about 100' out.










Pair two pitted Rick White in the Neal & White car out of San Diego, CA and Paul Schultz out of Tulsa OK in the sharp looking Spirit of Tulsa.




Schultz failed to smoke the tires on his burnout.










White had a strong leave.







Schultz went up in smoke early.




White clicked it early to a 6.093 at 213.50




Next up was another east vs. west pair. From Glendale, CA it was Adam Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop car and Tim Cullinan out of Des Plaines, IL.













Cullinan lost fire on the burnout.















Sorokin went low for the session with a 5.823 at 228.15.





Next pair literally from opposite sides of the country. Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry from Santa Rosa, CA vs Tony Bartone from Long Island City, NY in the Bartone Brothers car.























Both cars had strong leaves.









Bartone experienced tire shake and clicked it before the 330' mark.


Murphy got out of the groove and close to the wall, end of run.




Out next was Brendan Murry who made the trip east from San Jose CA. In the other lane was Tyler Hilton who hales from Cincinnati OH and is the grandson of Jim & Alison Lee (below) of Great Expectations Top Fuel fame. In fact, the Hilton car features pretty much the same paint scheme as the Lee's 1970 car and is named "Great Expectations III".

























Both cars were done early.





The final car for session one was "Diamond Dave" Miller out of Cedar Hill MO.
















Following qualifying Julius Hughes came out for his first license run in the Atlanta Speed Shop fueler.












1. Adam Sorokin, 5.823 @ 228.15
2. Rick White, 6.093 @ 213.50
3. Jim Young, 6.135 @ 244.74
4. Jason Greenwood, 6.771 @ 160.63
5. Jim Murphy, 7.070 @ 129.82
6. David Miller, 8.522 @ 91.32
7. Paul Schultz, 8.815 @ 94.62
8. Tyler Hilton, 9.030 @ 88.84

------------ Not Qualified ------------

9. Brendan Murry, 9.584 @ 73.18
10. Tony Bartone, 12.182 @ 67.28



Top Fuel Qualifying - Session One - Page 1

Top Fuel Qualifying - Session Two - Page 2

Top Fuel Qualifying - Session Three - Page 3

Top Fuel Eliminations - Rounds 1 & 2 - Page 4

Top Fuel Finals - All Other Finals - Page 5

Funny Cars, Fuel Altereds & Other cars - Page 6



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