Then there were two. Mendy and
the High Speed team laid back in the lanes. Ditto for close friends
Tedford and McGee.
For Rick McGee this was already
a win. He and Darrell Tedford had suffered through a three year
performance drought until this weekend. As said earlier, what
a difference a cam makes.
In the other lane was
Mendy Fry who had already made myriad statements ths season.
The only backup person Mendy
has known since joining the team, Walt Stevens kept her where
Tom Shelar wants his car.
McGee took a shot at the tree
and hit it. His 0.036 to Fry's 0.103 RT gave him a huge starting
Despite the jump, Fry's 5.610
at 259.36 was too much for McGee's game 5.749 at 256.50. Fry's
MOV: 0.0720 seconds (approximately 27 feet).
The flopper final
featured two of the most popular shoes in the class. The underdog,
Rian Konno, lives,eats and drinks drag racing. There is nothing
more in life that he wants to do than drive a funny car. I dare
you to find anyone who doesn' t like him. Just being in the final
was huge for him and his team.
Rupert has been
a champion, tasted success on many levels including previous
CHRR wins. He too is loaded with fans and is admired by his peers.
This may have been his last NCF race as he is going to field
a Big Show Fuel Funny Car in 2019.
Rupert got a .020 jump
and never looked back.
Rupert would go on to take with
resetting FC low ET with a 5.634 at 259.51 . Konno stayed consistent
with a 5.855 at 241.84. If Rupert had prblems, Rian was there.
Now I'm going to try something
not done before. For years Dan and I have been the only ones
who forego the 3/4 front finals starting line shots and park
our butts where the real stories are. At the topend where the
winners and runner-ups meet after battle. In the past I've only
shared these kinds of shots on the winners website (if they are
I chose these particular finals
to try this with because they were special to me. All involved
being friends, and in one case, the son of an old friend I raced
in the 60's.
These are candid shots that will
give fans just a glipse of what goes on after the race is over,
out of view of the masses. I can't re-create the excitement or
emotions, but hopefully photos will give you a hint.
Here, pretty much in chronological
order, are few of the many shots from what we experienced on
the other end before the public celebrations back in the pits.
Where we lay in wait.
The first person Mendy
went to was old friend Rick McGee ... great race, congratulations.
A gracious McGee enjoyed
While the top fuel finalists
were celebrating, in rolled the last two funny cars.
Team High Speed arrives,
Mendy and Jason met for
a hug. Awwww
I missed it by that much.
Mendy and Brenda Rupert.
Greg Sharp and Larry
Fisher carted up to congratulate the winners.
A quick stop at the scales
and it was back to the pits for more adult festivities.
However their 6.0 index
works, it boiled down to Brian Hope and Rodney Flournoy.
The drivers left together
with Flournoy in trouble from the hit.
Hope forged forward for
the win at 6.456 at 203.55.
2018 Hot Rod Heritage
Mendy Fry and the High Speed
Motorsports Team celebrate a banner season winning the Top Fuel
Championsip. It was the second for the team who also took the
title in 2008 with Troy Green driving.
Car owner Tom Shelar,
car chif Rick Shelar and Mendy. The core of High Speed.
Rookie FC shoe Bobby Cottrell
capped a winning season with the 2018 Funny Car Champion.
Cottrell flanked by car
owners Bucky Austin and Mike O'Brien,
But wait, there's more. This
was a huge weekend for the Austin family. Rolling in behind Bucky's
flopper was the A/Fuel season champion and CHRR winner Drew Austin.
Talk about a family affair.
Epic shot. Pat, Drew,
Walt and Bucky Austin. Drag racing dynasty.
John Marottek capped a dominating
J/F season with the championship and CHRR win. His acqusition
of the 2017 Scott Parks championship car was obviously a wise
2018 NE-1 Series Champion
2018 Hot Rod Series Champion
2018 NE-3 Series Champion
2018 A/Gas Series Champion
2018 B/Gas Series Champion
2018 C/Gas Series Champion
2018 D/Gas Series Champion
2018 ??? Series Champion
Winners - Pits N' People