The first exhibition session
got off to a bang (actually a bonk) when Eddie Pauling had his
burnout in the Lil' Old Whine Maker rear engine Dodge go very
A new header, some body
work and it'll be good as new.
Team Famoso was well
represented by Stormy Byrd and Randy Winkle.
Rodney Flournoy in his
"Godzilla" was one third of the AA/FA show and the
fans loved 'em.
It's always a plus when you can
get Mike Boyd to bring the fabled Winged Express out to play.
Mike Halstead continued to shake
down Troy Green's Over the Hill Gang AA/FA. Gets better each
Nostalgia Top Fuel was represented
by 3 of the best cars in the country leading of with Rick White
in the Neal & White car up from San Diego.
The High Speed Motorsports fueler
came out with the 2018 NTF World Champion Mendy Fry back in the
seat for 2019.
Car owner/tuner Tom Shelar used
the track time to make sure the car was ready for an upcoming
trip back to Cordova, IL and Bowling Green, KY.
PS. The won both events.
Being an eighth mile track with
limited shut down the cars only went about 400' under power.
March Meet winner Adam Sorokin
was in the seat of Bob McLennan's Champion Speed Shop SBC car.
Sorokin's 4.03 1/8 mile
ET was by far a track record.
Most of the exhibition
cars made two hits. Boyd on his afternoon smoker.
Boyd has been known to
cross a centerline or two - case in point. What a show!
Brad Littlefield leading Jason
Rupert into the water box. Rupert only made one pass in the funny
car as he was also dealing with the Eagle Electric AA/FD cacklecar.
The other flopper on hand was
the Kazanjian Lemon and Konno Mustang Funny Car driven by Rian
After his burnout Konno
was shut off due to a fuel leak.
Flournoy came back for
a second stab.
Even with one dead hole
the car left strong.
Rick White came back
with a little stouter tune-up.
At the hit it hooked
And then it didn't.
Sorokin and McLennan came back
with one purpose in mind, to make the first sub 4 second run
on the Irwindale eighth mile.
Following a smooth burnout the
Champion car developed ignition issues and Sorokin was forced
to idle on through.
Will she be the next
one name TF driver? Will it be Mendy? Or Fry? We think Mendy.
Shelar loaded her up
Can you say hook, smoke
Red Greth didn't bring "Ol'
Noisy" from Phoenix just to sit in the pits. Kenton Greth
took the Speed Sport roadster for a ride.
Halstead made another
hit in the Troy Glenn Over the Hill Gang AA/FA
After being shut off on their
first run, Rian Konno went through the water box in the most
period correct Mustang NFC car there is.
The Hemi Under Glass
repop got up but 300' was its limit.