Final Results: Top Fuel Qualifying at Bowling Green

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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

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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-

 

KRABILL ELECTRIFIES IDAHO CROWD WITH IGNITOR VICTORY

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Eagle, Idaho–In a titanic AA/Funny Car final, the two quickest cars of the weekend met up in the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor Opener final round. Presented by Peterson Chevrolet, Kris Krabill knocked out a .100 reaction and muscled to another superb 5.69-245.27 to stop Dan Horan Jr. (following a .107 reaction), who endured tire shake early in his run, lifting early, finishing at 7.55-122.88. For the “Northwest Hitter” team, it was two-straight Firebird major event titles (including the 2015 Pepsi Nightfire Nationals) coupled with two-straight NHRA Heritage Series wins (both the March Meet and Ignitor) to keep their “perfect” season alive thru the opening pair of races in 2016.

The Firebird track record books took a pounding, too. Competing at the high-altitude facility, Krabill claimed the overall e.t. mark at 5.67 in the opening round, while Dan Horan Jr., set the speed record at 259.76 (old marks 5.76-251 mph by J. Rupert-4/2012). Horan matched the Krabill e.t. record to the thousandths of a second during his semi-final victory. Continue reading