MENDY WINS TOP FUEL, SEALS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Tulsa, OK. (Sept 21, 2019) – The 2019 Osage Nitro Nationals is in the books and although it featured abbreviated nitro fields, the top Heritage Series points players were on hand. In Top Fuel it was Adam Sorokin and Jim Murphy in a last ditch effort to stop the Juggernaut known as High Speed Motorsports and defending champion, Mendy who has only lost 2 races in the last two years. Valiant and expensive efforts aside, Murphy went out in round one and Sorokin was once again the runner-up to who is now a two time champ, Mendy Fry. As an exclamation mark, Mendy clocked low ET and Top Speed of the meet in the final. Her 5.604 at 258.07 drove past Sorokin's 5.980 at just 186.54.

Following the unexpected passing of High Speed Motorsports owner/tuner Tom Shelar just days after the teams last win, the decision was made by Tom's son Patrick and brother Rick to finish out the season in Tom's memory.

Thus, with heavy hearts, Team Highspeed headed to Tulsa in full force to finish what Tom started. Taking over the tuning duties were two very qualified vets who both, at one time or another, drove for HSMS. Current NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car champion, Sean Bellemeur and vet tuner/driver/engine builder, Troy Green. By Saturday night it was mission accomplished.

 

 

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In Funny Car, it was Bobby getting the best of Brandon Lewis in the final with a 5.707 at 252.28 to a trouble plagued 12.671 at 62.96. With points leader Jeff Arend going out in round one and getting the best of Dan Horan in round two,Cotterll set up the closest Heritage Series points race ever. Going into the final race, the CHRR, there is a mere 28 points separating the top three cars. That's gonna be fun.

With these thoughts in mind, find out the rest of the story in the coverage below.

Special thanks to Arlene Eliason who did a great job of covering the event. Very huge task for one photographer to cover an entire show.

 

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FRIDAY - TOP FUEL TEST SESSION

 

The nitro cars were given a time slot to make a tune-up pass on Friday and four cars took advantage. So, we had the first warm-ups of the weekend starting with Tyler Hilton in his "Great Expectations III".

 

The legendary Alison Lee has never outgrown her role as a Top Fuel crew tuner. She's a regular member of her grandson's crew and is hands on. Just a super lady.

 

 

 

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The Champion Speed Shop team put some heat in their SBC with Adam Sorokin in the seat.

 

 

 

 

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Jim Murphy's WW2 Racing fueler was one of three that made the trek from California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Under the watchful eyes of Sean Bellemeur, Troy Green and Rick Shelar the High Speed Motorsports team fired up the potent hemi for the first time without patriarch Tom Shelar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First out to test the track was Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry. All four cars made singles in the left lane. None ran past half track.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next was Bob McLennan's Champion Speed Shop entry driven by Adam Sorokin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Out next was Tyler Hilton driving the Hilton Family "Great Expectations III" powered by a Big Block nitro Chevy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Nitro Kitty" ears and all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY NIGHT - TOP FUEL Q2

 

Under cloudy but warm skies, the first of two qualifying sessions went off under the lights.

 

 

Out first were Adam Sorokin and Mendy Fry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both cars had stout early numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

At the other end it it was Mendy carding a 5.66 at 222 which would hold through both sessions as #1. Sorokin ran a 5.91 at 210 which would hold for #2.

 

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Next out was Jim Murphy and Paul Schultz in his Spirit of Tulsa car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schultz launched before the tree was activated which resulted in no time.

 

Murphy went up in smoke by the tree.

 

 

 

 

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The final pari out was Tim Cullinan in the "Irish Car Bomb" for his first shot at the track and Tyler Hilton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Cullinan smoked the tires before the tree and shut down.

 

 

 

 

 

Hilton carded a 5.94 at 241 which was good for Top Speed of the session landing him #3. Cullinan took fourth with a 7.31 ET at 138.

 

 

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Top Fuel Test & Qualifying - Session 1  -  Page 1

Funny Car Q1 - TF Session 2  -  Page 2

Top Fuel - FC - Round One  -  Page 3

Top Fuel - FC - Semis & Finals  -  Page 4

 

Nostalgia Race Coverage like this and more importantly the drag racing history on WDIFL will cease sooner than later if racers and fans don't start supporting WDFIL again. Thanks, Don

 

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