Champions crowned during last day of Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance


BOWLING GREEN- Ky. - The Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance came to a stunning conclusion as the racing champions were crowned as well winning cars that took part in the Axalta Show N’ Shine during the weekend.

In the Nostalgia Top Fuel finals, it was the two top qualifiers of the event as No. 1 Mendy Fry faced No. 2 James Young. When the lights went green Young had the initial jump but went out of the groove at halftrack allowing Fry to drive around him for her first win at the event with a run of 5.720-seconds at 252.05 mph to the losing run of 5.841 at 256.26. Leaving the event Fry is the new points leader in the Nostalgia Top Fuel category.

“Tom (Shelar, owner/tuner) had a bracket car all day and he knows how to read this track,” said Fry. “It was 150 degrees, greasy, and he gave me a car that could win. I didn’t screw anything up and we won.”

Nostalgia Funny Car featured Dan Horan Jr. and John Smith in the finals. Smith suffered a wheel stand early in the run allowing Horan to streak to the victory with a run of 5.881 at 216.27 to the trailing run of 11.902 at 52.34.

“This was one of my fathers favorite places to come with his front engine car and we lost him in 2016,” said Horan. “We decided to have a new Murf (McKinney) car built, it was finished a week ago, my guys went to his shop, put it together, and hauled it here. Here we are in the winners circle. Pretty emotional to win on Father’s Day weekend.”

In the other categories raced during the weekend, Robbie Freels won 7.0 Pro, Kelly Freels Key took home the top spot in 7.5 Pro. In Competition Eliminator Pat Lamont was the winner, John Treesh took the title in Gas Eliminator and Doug Duell was the Top Stock Elimination winner. Modified Eliminator was captured by Dennis Breeden, Hot Rod Eliminator was won by Bob Westhoff and Kurt Neighbor took home top honors by Nostalgia Super Stock. Don Moyer won in Geezer Gassers, Jeff Cryan was victorious in Scottrods AA/Gas and in 348/349 Eliminator it was Timothy Tassmer.

The top 25 cars in the Axalta Show ‘N Shine were honored during the day in a presentation during the course of the afternoon including a lap down the track. The top 25 cars were:
1. Paul Pyles, 1972 Chevy C-10
2. Rex Thenot, 1955 Chevy 210 2 Door Post
3. Daniel Rupp, 1967 Pontiac GTO
4. Rickey Ransome, 1965 Chevy Corvette
5. Clyde and Catherine Dunphy, 1969 Ford Mustang
6. Bob Kirst, 1946 Ford Coupe
7. Craig Grunkemeyer, 1967 Chevy Corvette
8. Don Hoover, 1955 Chevy 2 Door Post
9. Joe Jones, 1955 Chevy Belair
10. Jeff and Lisa Munford, 1970 Chevy Camaro
11. Donnie and Linda Rottler, 1971 Dodge Dart
12. Jeff Spencer, 1957 Chevy Belair
13. Rick and Ladonna Wahl, 1966 Chevy Panel truck
14. Ben Coffman, 1934 Ford pickup
15. Jeff Crouch, 1923 Ford T Bucket
16. Bill Rowe, 1964 Dodge Polara
17. James Eaton, 1969 Olds 442 Convertible
18. Daniel Rockwell, 1968 Mercury Cyclone
19. Mike Henry, 1932 Ford Roadster
20. Walt Hensel, 1933 Ford Vicky
21. Jim Hooker, 1935 International Pickup
22. Bubba and Lisa Craig, 1955 Chevy Nomad
23. Ted Novick, 1937 Desoto
24. Lynn Cane, 1937 Fiat
25. Dana and Dennis Jones, 1941 Studebaker

The night concluded with the sounds of American muscle cars and the smell of nitro with the Cacklefest taking place on the drag strip in front of the rabid fans. The sounds of the motors echoed strong under the covered grandstands as all the cars came to life to give this event the proper close it fittingly deserved.


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Saturday's final results from the 16th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway.

Nostalgia Top Fuel -- Mendy Fry, Hadman, 5.720, 252.05  def. James Young, FED, 5.841, 256.26.

Nostalgia Funny Car -- Dan Horan Jr., Camaro, 5.881, 216.27  def. John Smith, 11.902, 52.34.

7.5 PRO -- Kelly Freels KEY, Bantam, 7.539, 172.56  def. Dan McWhirter, Bantam, 7.575, 175.25.

7.0 PRO -- Robbie Freels, Canode, 7.015, 191.19  def. Billy Smith, Holt, 7.011, 186.38.

Nostalgia Super Stock -- Kurt Neighbor, Comet, 9.861, 114.59  def. Butch Cassady, Dart, 12.681, 105.42.

Comp Eliminator -- Pat Lamont, Chevy, 8.252, 139.75  def. Stan Hunter, Bantam, 10.019, 123.70.

Modified Eliminator -- Dennis Breeden, Plymouth, 10.661, 94.13  def. Greg O Quinn, Henry J, Foul - Red Light.

ScotRods -- Jeff Cryan, Willys PU, 5.682, 113.39  def. Mark Benjamin, Willys, 6.181, 111.71.

Hot Rod Eliminator -- Bob Westhoff, Ford, 10.476, 124.95  def. Johnny Matthews, Comet, 11.581, 113.52.

6.0 -- Mike Taylor, Taylor, 11.108, 105.68  def. Barrie Young, Camaro, 17.944, 48.48.

Geezer Gassers -- Don Moyer, Willys, 11.676, 114.90  def. Joe Bush, Willys, Broke.

Top Stock Eliminator -- Doug Duell, Barracuda, 10.489, 123.35  def. Rick Winchester, Corvette, Foul
- Red Light.

Gas -- John Treesh, Corvette, 10.629, 94.02  def. Kenny Robinson, Fairlane, 17.197, 69.79.

348/409 -- Timothy Tassmer, Wagon, 12.367, 112.45  def. James Schrader, Chevy, Foul - Red Light.


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