Hot Rod Reunion news 2007-06-08

Nostalgia Top Fuel Racers Ready For Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion High Speed Motorsports Team Tries for Four in a Row, Jun. 15-17 COLUMBUS, Ohio -- (June 8, 2007) -- High Speed Motorsports of Anaheim, Calif. has three consecutive...

Nostalgia Top Fuel Racers Ready For Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion
High Speed Motorsports Team Tries for Four in a Row, Jun. 15-17

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- (June 8, 2007) -- High Speed Motorsports of Anaheim, Calif. has three consecutive victories in the Nostalgia Top Fuel category at the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by SoffSeal. This year, with a new driver, on a new track, they're going for number four. The Reunion moves to National Trail Raceway, near Columbus, Ohio to expand after four successful years in Bowling Green, Ky.

Troy Green takes over from three-time champion Sean Bellemeur as the driver for HSM. Bellemeur has moved on to a full-time ride in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, but he continues as an advisor to Green and HSM.

Adam Sorokin, who finished as runner-up to Bellemeur in 2006, will challenge Green for the title in Brian Van Dyke's RB Entertainment Special from Tulare, Calif. Sorokin is the son of the late Mike Sorokin, who drove the legendary "Surfers" top fuel dragster in the late 1960s.

The 2006 event final was rained out and finished at the California Hot Rod Reunion at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

But those won't be the only Nostalgia Top Fuel cars competing in the Hot Heads Eliminator drag racing at the Reunion. The "Orange Crate" fueler owned by Dale Suhr and Roger Lechtenberg of Waterloo, Iowa was the winner at 2003's inaugural NHRR event in Bowling Green. A brand- new "Orange Crate" has been built for the 2007 event and they'll be primed to return to victory lane.

Making his fifth consecutive appearance at NHRR will be Brendan Murry of San Jose, Calif. in his popular "Running Wild" Chevrolet-powered machine. Murry has been runner-up in past events and is looking for his first Top Eliminator victory.

Butch Blair's always popular "Fugowie" entry from Walnut Creek, Calif., will be driven by Howard Haight, who now lives in Brownsburg, Ind. Haight has numerous championship victories to his credit, but he's still looking for the first NHRR win.

Other Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters include David Pace and Brad Green's "Speed Merchant" from Siloam Springs, Ark.; Ernest McClain's Tri State Racing "Mill Road Boys" car from Elkton, Md.; Jeremy Hasket's "Backyard Guys" car from Charlotte, N.C.; Randy Bridges of Virden, Ill and Julius Hughes II in the "Zot 5" from Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to the event purse, the Top Fuel dragster drivers will be shooting for the low elapsed time qualifying position and a special trophy and cash prize being awarded by racing veterans Fred Frey and Jim Fox, in honor of the late Paul "Dodger" Glenn. Glenn drove funny cars including the "Iceman" Vega and the Frantic Ford Mustang II. He held NHRA Top Fuel license #128 and Funny Car license #126. Glenn died in a crash of the Frantic Ford on July 23, 1978, the last Funny Car fatality before Eric Medlen's death on March 23 of this year.

Qualifying on the ¼-mile dragstrip in 12 classes, plus an exhibition group, will be held on Fri., Jun. 15 and Sat., Jun. 16, with final eliminations set for "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, Jun. 17.

The 5th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by SoffSeal, is part of the museum's Hot Rod Heritage Series which works to bring to life the sights, sounds and people who made history in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age of American car culture.

Unique among motorsports events, the Reunion honors some of the top names in hot rodding from the past and features a fabulous array of cool drag cars, street rods, classics, customs and muscle cars of the historic and present-day hot rod eras.

Daily general admission tickets/pit passes will be available at the National Trail Raceway gate, 2650 National Rd. SW, Hebron, Ohio 43025; phone: 740/928-5706; www.nationaltrailraceway.com. Cost per person: Friday, $20; Saturday, $20; Sunday, $15. Children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

-credit: museum.nhra.com

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