NHRA Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA kicks off at Bowling Green

NHRA HOLLEY NATIONAL HOT ROD REUNION PRESENTED BY AAA KICKS OFF AT BOWLING GREEN

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (June 14, 2018) – The 2018 NHRA Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance roared to life with an action packed day featuring classic cars, nostalgic quarter-mile drag racing, and legends of the sport at Beech Bend Raceway Park on Thursday. The three-day event pays tribute to the love affair America has with the car culture and celebrates the passion of the owners and their machines.

“The opening day of the weekend was one that was enjoyed by all who attended during the course of a busy day,” said Larry Fisher, executive director of the NHRA Motorsports Museum. “The facility and the surrounding areas are filled with classic hot rods and we enjoy the support of the residents of Bowling Green.” 

The gates opened at 8 a.m. and show cars of numerous makes and models flooded into the facility and were on display to the spectators during the day. 

The quarter mile nostalgia drag racing action was also on tap for the fans of intense racing action. Nostalgia Top Fuel took center stage and James Young led the field after the first round of qualifying. His run of 5.798-seconds at 254.90 mph earned him the current No. 1 qualifying position. The Nostalgia Funny Car category was led by Shawn Bowen at 5.874 at 241.80. 

The action at the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance continues on Friday and Saturday with gates opening at 8 a.m. each day. Tickets are $25 per day and can be purchased at the track.  

The Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance is a memorable three-day gathering catered to car culture lovers. The fan-favorite event features quarter-mile nostalgia nitro drag racing, cars of numerous makes and models on display, a sprawling vendor area, and the famous Cacklefest® that concludes the event. 

The Hot Rod Reunions are produced by the NHRA Motorsports Museum and benefit the facility located in Pomona, Calif. The NHRA Motorsports Museum is a 501c (3) non-profit institution. The Museum’s mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on American culture. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the vehicles, stories and artifacts that represent America’s affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms.

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Thursday's results after qualifying for the 16th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway. Qualifying will continue Friday for Saturday's final eliminations.

Nostalgia Top Fuel -- 1. James Young, FED, 5.798, 254.90; 2. Tim Cullinan, NTF, 5.968, 204.51; 3.
Adam Sorokin, Sterling, 6.182, 222.36; 4. Jason Greenwood, Stirling, 6.228, 225.11; 5. Brendan Murry, Rooman, 6.381, 180.91; 6. David Miller, Neil & Parks, 6.417, 166.11; 7. Julius Hughes, Horton, 6.553, 189.63; 8. Paul Schultz, Stirling, 8.060, 116.21. Not Qualified: 9. Tyler Hilton, 10.401, 80.13; 10. Mendy Fry, broke.

Nostalgia Funny Car -- 1. Shawn Bowen, Camaro, 5.874, 241.80; 2. John Smith, 6.790, 143.03; 3. Eric Stevens, Camaro, 6.843, 141.25; 4. Dan Horan Jr., Camaro, broke.

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