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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ousley of Crop Duster fame was lending a helping hand to Greenwood.
had problems early.
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.
failed to smoke the tires on his burnout.
had a strong leave.
went up in smoke early.
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,
lost fire on the burnout.
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.
cars had strong leaves.
experienced tire shake and clicked it before the 330' mark.
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
cars were done early.
car for session one was "Diamond Dave" Miller out of
Cedar Hill MO.
Julius Hughes came out for his first license run in the Atlanta
Speed Shop fueler.
ONE QUALIFYING ORDER
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 &
- Page 4
Top Fuel Finals - All Other Finals - Page 5
Funny Cars, Fuel Altereds & Other
- Page 6