TOP FUEL ROUNDS ONE & TWO

 

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With all the pre-race ceremonies distracting our shooters, we pick up the first pair in round one after their burnouts. It was rookie Frank McBee Jr. and Pete Wittenberg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McBee had a slight jump at the hit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wittenberg carded a solid 5.714 at 246.71 for a convincing win. MeBee clicked it early to a 7.316 at 131.01. Great first outing, see them at the March Meet.

 

 

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Going into eliminations Mendy Fry was already the 2019 Heritage Series Top Fuel Champion but that made winning the CHRR no less important. She and Team High Speed came into the final race of the year to finish a mission. That mission was to end the season the way the late Tom Shelar would have relentlessly pursued.

In the other lane was Dan Horan Jr. who was making his NTF debut with his new late model hemi powered tribute car to his late father, Dan Sr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understandably Horan knew he had a huge mountain to climb and had to take the only shot he had, that shot backfired as his -0.076 red light ended the race then and there.

 

With a sea of blue behind her, Mendy did what she does best, planted her foot on the bell housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mendy reset low ET of the meet with a 5.522 at 256.60. In spite of going red, Horan legged it through to a 5.803 at 252.85 showing great promise for his Pete Kaiser tuned late model hemi. I predict this car will be a major player in 2020.

 

 

 

Mendy reset low ET of the meet with a 5.522 at 256.60. In spite of going red, Horan legged it through to a 5.803 at 252.85 showing great promise for his Pete Kaiser tuned late model hemi. I predict this car will be a major player in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Third pair pitted Jim Murphy and McGee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McGee left first putting .050 in his bank.

 

 

 

 

As McGee was getting a clean trip, Murphy started smoking the tires before the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McGee started eating parts at the 800' mark and slowed to a 6.148 at 188.52.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy's miscalculation on clutch counter weight ended his season.

 

 

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During the clean-up there was a Meeting of the BUGS

 

The final pair matched the #4 & #5 cars - Rick White and Bret Williamson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Williamson got a slight jump but that wasn't what cost White the race. His hemi had a dead hole at the hit killing 500 hp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Williamson took the easy win with a 5.892 at 229.20. White pulled the plug and coasted to a 6.521 at 200.62. The semis were set.

 

 

 

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TOP FUEL ROUND TWO

 

First pair up to see who would go to the final was Mendy and Bret (Williamson).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Williamson grabbed .042 on the tree but it was short lived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mendy would continue to pull away and click it early to a 5.699 at just 209.10. Williamson trailed with a 5.848 at 200.35.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The contest to see who would get Mendy in the final fell to Rick McGee and Pete Wittenberg.

 

 

 

 

 

McGee went .053 red handing the win to Wittenberg for another final round date with Mendy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wittenberg shut off early to a 5.780 at just 217.60 showing he may have something for Mendy in the final.

 

 

NEXT: Funny Car Eliminations Rounds 2 & 3

 

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1: Funny Car Qualifying, Session 1

2: Top Fuel Qualifying Session 1

3: Funny Car Qualifying, Session 2

4: Top Fuel Session 2

5: Funny Car Qualifying, Session 3

6: Top Fuel Session 3

7: AA/FA Session 2

8: Funny Car Eliminations Round 1

9: Top Fuel Eliminations Rounds 1 & 2

10: Funny Car Eliminations Rounds 2 & 3

11: Final Rounds and Winners Circle

12: All Class Winners - Pits N' Prople

13: Other Cars, Other Classes

Cacklefest & Honorees

 

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