Sorokin Wins Bowling Green, Takes Points Lead



Top Fuel 1st Round Eliminator Results from the Holley NHRR in Bowling Green, KY:

Big crowd here. Again.

There is some confusion about the ladder. Contrary to earlier reports the alternate rule is in effect. Brendan Murry (two-broken blocks) and Tim Cullinan (also a windowed block) can’t make the show. Tyler Hilton and the “Great Expectations III” entry is the only alternate still on the premises and he will replace Murry against Champion

The consensus is that — barring a longshot win from Tyler Hilton — whoever wins this event will be leading in the points.

First pair: Tony Bartone singles to a sizzling 5.69. He will face the winner of the Murphy vs. Williamson standoff.

Next up, the Chevies: Hilton’s “Great Expectations III” BBC vs. Sorokin’s “Champion Speed Shop” SBC… #2 qualifier Sorokin throws down a 5.83 to trailer Hilton’s 8.01.

Jim Young faces Neal & White and misfires a couple of ways, including a red-light start, tire-smoke and oil at the top end. White blithely marches into the next round with a 5.93 at 232 mph.

The last pair has all kinds of points title consequences: Jim Murphy vs. Rick Williamson. This was a serious throwdown of a drag race: They were neck-and-neck until the 1/8th mile when Murphy’s Roland Leong-tuned machine started gathering more steam and got to the finish line at 260 mph (!) and 8/100ths of second before Williamson, whose 5.81 at 247 mph couldn’t quite match Murphy’s 5.74.

Second round pairings: The Low ET car (Bartone) vs. the Top Speed car (Murphy), followed by the #2 points car (Sorokin) vs. a man on a mission, Rick White.



Top Fuel Semi-Final Eliminator Results from the Holley NHRR in Bowling Green, KY:

First pair: Rick White in the SoCal-based Neal & White digger vs. Adam Sorokin in the NorCal-based Champion Speed Shop entry. Chrysler vs. Chevy. Handsome versus… anyway… After stout side-by-side burnouts, Sorokin lays down a ridiculously quick reaction time of .026 seconds and never lets up, even when his machine gets out of the groove at half-track and nearly hits the wall at 1000′ whereupon he stabs it back into the groove just ahead of White who posts a 5.80 at a piston-puffing 235 mph. Sorokin’s ET: 5.79 second. The margin of victory was 9/100ths of second.

Next up: Bartone vs. Murphy. Boggs vs. Leong. In this face-off of fueler legends, Bartone’s mount inexplicably quits a couple of hundred feet into the run, while Murphy makes massive amounts of horsepower and trips the timers in 5.68 seconds and a top-end speed of 245 mph.

Your final round competitors: Jim Murphy vs. Adam Sorokin. It’s going to be intense.


Top Fuel Final Eliminator Results from the Holley NHRR in Bowling Green, KY:

Jim Murphy and the WW2 rail vs. Adam Sorokin and the Champion Speed Shop streamlined fueler.

Both drivers use up a lot of real estate trying to find and re-find the groove. Murphy clicks it as Sorokin plays with the marbles during the last 320 feet of the dragstrip and clocks a victorious 5.76 at 237 mph to Murphy’s valiant but losing 6.37 at 158 mph. This is why real drag racing is 1/4-mile long.


Final Results: Top Fuel Qualifying at Bowling Green


Top Fuel Final Qualifying Results from the Holley NHRR in Bowling Green, KY:

First pair: Adam Sorokin vs. Rick White. Sorokin’s CSS mount has enough nitro percentage to make a Surfer smile. He thunders down the drag strip with another 5.64 — the same number he established his #1 qualifier status earlier today — while Rick White improves slightly with a 5.81 at 231…

Next Up: It’s nervous time for Points Leader Rick Williamson, who is not qualified. He is going to pull the mag retard early, he says and then reach for the brake if it starts to shake or smoke…. No need for the brake: He posts a stellar 5.74 at 247 mph — numbers good enough for the top half of the field and bumping out Dave Miller — while his opponent, Tyler Hilton gives chase with a 6.48 at 211 mph. Good News: Team Craig is in. Bad News: Tyler Hilton and the Great Expectation’s team do not qualify.

On the bump: Tim Cullinan, who is now #8 with a 6.25 from earlier today. On that pass Cullinan’s automatic shut-off device mis-fired, leaning out the motor and windowing the block. He’s done and have left the premises.

Paul Schultz and Diamond Dave Miller are the next pair, and are trying to bump their way into Cullinan’s spot. No luck. Schultz’s “Spirit of Tulsa” goes 6.67 and Millers turns a 6.42.

Many thought Bartone would be content with a #2 spot on the 8-car ladder. Not even. Against Jason Greenwood, Bartone rockets to Low ET and the #1 spot with a 5.60 at 237 mph. Greenwood gives chase, but his 6.51 fails to penetrate the Top 8.

And finally, Jim Murphy lays down a 5.85 at 222, failing to improve on his #4 spot.

2016 Holley NHRR 2nd Session Top Fuel

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Top Fuel 2nd Round Qualifying Results from the Holley NHRR in Bowling Green, KY:

Pit side grandstands are packed. A good crowd on the spectator side also. A cloud cover is making the heat manageable.

12 fuelers make a pass in this session: The first pair is utterly spectacular. Jim Young said he was turning up the wick on his “Young Guns” rail. That is an understatement, as he rotates the planet with a jaw-dropping 5.66 at 253 mph. Speaking of turning up wicks, Jason Greenwood *BOOMS* on the top-end, pushing out a head gasket at still clocking a 6.19, 185. Pending official word, the 6.19 should be DQ’d.

Next up: Rick White turns a 5.83 ahead of “Diamond” Dave Miller’s 6.31, 205.

Tyler Hilton and the exquisite “Great Expectations III” full-bodied digger posts a 6.59 at 168 mph while his opponent, Paul Schultz and his gorgeous “Spirit of Tulsa” machine, smokes the tires at the hit and gets back in it and goes 8.67 and 158 mph.

Jim Murphy and his Roland Leong-tuned “WW2” machine wows the crowd with a stout 5.70 as Rick Williamson and the Team Craig dragster shakes and then smokes the tires and winds up out of the groove with a disappointing 9.60. After missing yesterday’s hit with an oiling issue, Team Craig has one more shot to get into the 8-car program.

Next up: Tim Cullinan records a respectable 6.25 at 229 mph but sees nothing but Adam Sorokin’s backside as he marches down the track at a breakneck pace, reclaiming the #1 Qualifier spot with a 5.64 (!) at 246 mph.

Tony Bartone climbs into the #3 spot with a 5.68 clocking coupled with a nice-and-easy 226 top-end speed.

And lastly, with the bump at a 6.31, Brendan Murry climbs into the program with a 6.10 at 195 mph.

Unofficial word is that Jason Greenwood’s 6.19 is disallowed. Dave Miller is the unofficial bump with a 6.31.

One more session this afternoon and then eliminations tomorrow.

Holley 2016 NHRR 1st Session, Top Fuel


Top Fuel First Round Qualifying Results from the Holley NHRR in Bowling Green, KY: It’s hot and humid, as Jim Young smokes the tires and turns a 6.13 at 244 mph to Jason Greenwood’s 6.77 at 160 mph. Greenwood has an assist this weekend from Frank Ousley.

Paul Schultz and the “Spirit of Tulsa” square off against Neal & White, who are also in the running for the NHRR Top Fuel Long Distance Award. Schultz smokes the tires and coasts while White goes fat on the big end and turns a 6.09, 213 to Schultz’s 8.81, 94 mph.

Adam Sorokin and the Champion Speed Shop versus “Turbo Tim” Cullinan. Cullinan shuts if off on the burnout…. with his mount silent, one can really pick up on how much the CSS Chevy is thumping at idle… Sorokin thunders to a 5.82 at 228 mph.

Next up Tony Bartone versus Jim Murphy: Man, there is a lot of testosterone on that starting line — almost thicker than the humidity here. Bartone spins and shakes the Hoosiers and slows to 12.18 ET while Murphy gets out of the groove at 330′ and tries to manhandle the WW2 out of the marbles before clicking it at half track and slowing to a 7.07, 128.

Brendan Murry squares off against the well-pedigreed Tyler Hilton and the “Great Expectations III.” Tyler is the grandson of Jim & Allison Lee, who campaigned the Great Expectations fuelers of yore. Finding the track a little too slippery for their liking, both drivers shut off at 500′. Hilton coasts to a 9.03, and Brendan follows with a 9.54.
Dave Miller is on a single. His rail grunts out of the hole and then clocks a 8.52 at 91 mph.
Julius Hughes and his Atlanta Speed Shop-sponsored machine ends the session on a 100′ licensing run.

Not making the call: Team Craig, Troy Ray and Lincoln Hassell.
At the end of the first session, Adam Sorokin is low qualifier by a bunch.

2016 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Event Schedule

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14th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Presented by AAA Insurance
June 16-18, 2016
Thursday - Saturday
Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Ky. Event Schedule

Tuesday, June 14

Racer, Vendor and Swap Meet move in 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15

Racer, Vendor, Swap Meet, and Memory Lane move in 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reunion FanFest, downtown Bowling Green 5-8 p.m.

Thursday, June 16

Late Registration and participant Will Call 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Axalta Show ‘N Shine parking opens 7 a.m.

Spectator gates open 8 a.m.

Hot Heads Eliminator Qualifying & Exhibition Runs 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Top Fuel Qualifying Session 1 3 p.m.

Jet Car Exhibition immediately following session

Secure Track Activity 6 p.m.

Friday, June 17

Late Registration and participant Will Call 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Axalta Show ‘N Shine parking opens 7 a.m.

Spectator gates open 8 a.m.

Hot Heads Eliminator Time Trials & Qualifying 8:30 a.m.

Funny Car Runs & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 2 12 noon

Hot Heads Category Eliminations 1 p.m.

Dynamat Legends Autograph Session 2 p.m.

Funny Car Runs & Top Fuel Qualifying Final Session 3 p.m.

Jet Car Exhibition immediately following session

Secure All Track Activity 5 p.m.

Hot Rod Reunion Reception onsite, across from Holley in the vendor oval at the conclusion of racing

Saturday, June 18

Axalta Show ‘N Shine parking opens 7 a.m.

Spectator gates open 8 a.m.

Hot Heads Eliminations (all categories) 10 a.m.

Pre-Finals Ceremonies & National Anthem 12:45 a.m.

Top Fuel & Funny Car Eliminations 1 p.m.

Hot Heads Eliminations continue (all categories) 1:30 p.m.

Dynamat Legends Autograph Session 2 p.m.

Round 2 – Top Fuel & Funny Car Eliminations 3:30 p.m.

Final Rounds – All Eliminations 6:30 p.m.

Jet Car Exhibition immediately following session

Special Awards & Honorees presentation 7 p.m.

Axalta Show ‘N Shine Winner’s Parade & Awards 7:15 p.m.

Cacklefest® Parade & Presentation 7:45 p.m.

Reunion Closes 9 p.m.

Schedule subject to change

Fuel Coupe ‘zine Throttles Back

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Kenny Youngblood’s AA/Funny Car-centric e-zine “Fuel Coupe” is on hiatus.

In a letter to FC fans and subscribers, Youngblood said: “Due to personal time constraints, I am unfortunately having to hit the ‘pause’ button on Fuel Coupe Magazine.

“I can’t thank you enough for your support not only of the magazine, but of the sport itself and all the Nostalgia Funny Car racers who so richly deserve it.

“I also can’t put into words how rewarding it’s been to hear from those of you who’ve told us how much you liked the magazine and to know there are so many of you that share our passion for the most popular category in the history of drag racing!”

He concluded: “We may be back in a less demanding format…” -30-