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.

Bartone Leads March Meet Friday Fueler Field

After two sessions of Top Fuel Qualifying at the 2016 Good Vibrations March Meet, AA/Fuel Dragster driver Tony Bartone has marched to the front of the field with an early-shutoff 5.66. Adam Sorokin is on the bump for the 8-car eliminator, with one qualifying session left before eliminations begin Sunday morning.

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Murphy Tests Best Among AA/Fuelers

Good Vibrations March Meet, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA, March 2, 2016—A handful of AA/Fuel Dragsters took turns down the legendary Famoso 1/4-mile yesterday in preparation for this weekend’s Good Vibrations March Meet.

Jim Murphy paced the field with a clean 5.72 @ 231mph in “WW2” fueler. Also noteworthy: 2015 NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel Champ Tony Bartone debuted his new Murf McKinney chassis and “Nitro-Hemi” owner Steve Harwood made a hit towards procuring his license in Top Fuel. Jimi Young, winner of the 2012 and 2013 March Meets, pounded the pavement in his Chrysler-powered “Young Guns” entry with a 6.01, shutting off at 800′.

“It’s going to haul,” Young said afterward.



Thursday, March 3

3:00 PM – Nitro Testing Session

Friday, March 4

12:30 PM – Funny Car & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 1
3:15 PM – Funny Car & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 2

Saturday, March 5

12:30 PM – Funny Car & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 3
3:15 PM – Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
4:00 PM – Fuel Altered Qualifying Session 2

Sunday, March 6

11:00 AM – Opening Ceremony
11:45 AM – Nitro Final Eliminations
Run Order: Funny Car, Top Fuel, Fuel Altereds
2:00 PM – Nitro Semi Finals
4:15 PM – Nitro Finals



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Available at, the 2015 AA/FD Top Fuel Digest compiles explosive coverage of the Bakersfield March Meet, the Boise Nightfire Nationals, Bowling Green and more. Follow the exploits of Tony Bartone, Adam Sorokin, Bill Dunlap and the rest of the fearless fueler heroes as they made 2015 a year to remember. An instant collectible for fans of nostalgia-style Top Fuel, the Digest has 36 pages of spectacular photography and razor-sharp race reporting with contributions from seasoned dragstrip shutter bugs “Max Cackle,” Ted Soqui, and Dave Kommel as well astute correspondence from veteran copy chimp Cole Coonce. -30

March Meet Winners, 1959 thru 2014

Top Fuel and Funny Car Winners

1959 Art Chrisman
1960 Ted Cyr
1961 Chet Herbert
1962 Don Prudhomme
1963 Art Malone
1964 Connie Kalitta
1965 Don Garlits
1966 Mike Sorokin
1967 Mike Snively Jack Chrisman
1968 Ron Rivero Fred Goeske
1969 Jim Dunn Danny Ongais
1970 Tony Nancy Hank Clark
1971 Don Garlits Jim Dunn
1972 Tom McEwen Ed McCulloch
1973 Dwight Salisbury Tom Hoover
1974 Carl Olson Ed McCulloch
1975 James Warren Dale Pulde
1976 James Warren Jim Liberman
1977 James Warren beat Garlits Eddie Pauling
1978 Dennis Baca last 32-car show Denny Savage
1979 Don Garlits Simon Menzie
1980 Connie Kalitta Jim Dunn
1981 Shirley Muldowney Dale Pulde
1982 Lucille Lee Tom Ridings
1983 Danny Dannell Mike Dunn
1984 Gary Beck John Force
1985 Gary Beck Rick Johnson
1986 Don Garlits John Force
1987 Don Garlits John Force
1988 Butch Blair John Martin
1991 Gerry Steiner NDRA?
1994 Bill Dunlap Goodguys VRA
1995 Pete Kaiser
1996 Paul Romine
1997 Bill Dunlap
1998 Jim Murphy
1999 Jim Murphy
2000 Bill Alexander
2001 Jack Harris
2002 Jack Harris
2003 Jim Murphy
2004 Jim Murphy Randy Walls
2005 Howard Haight Mike Savage
2007 Brett Harris Steve Romanazzi
2008 Jack Harris Bucky Austin
2009 Brett Harris Bucky Austin
2010 Adam Sorokin Leah Pruett
2011 Rick White Kris Krabill
2012 Jimi Young Chad Head
2013 Jimi Young Tim Boychuk
2014 Tony Bartone James Day