(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.
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.
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.