DOU­BLE YOUR PLEA­SURE, DOU­BLE YOUR FUN

THE CAL­I­FOR­NIA HOT ROD RE­UNION PRO­VIDES 2X THE EX­CITE­MENT

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The Cal­i­for­nia Hot Rod Re­union Pro­vides 2X the Ex­cite­ment

WITH APOLO­GIES TO WRIGLEY’S DOUBLEMINT GUM, THE 26TH EDI­TION OF THE CHRR OF­FERED UP A DOU­BLE DOSE OF EX­CITE­MENT: NOT ONLY DID YOU EX­PE­RI­ENCE THE NHRA HOT ROD HER­ITAGE SE­RIES’ FI­NAL EVENT OF THE SEA­SON, FEA­TUR­ING MORE THAN 50 NITROBURNING EN­TRIES, YOU WERE ALSO TREATED TO DOZENS OF CLAS­SIC NI­TRO CACKLE CARS, AND MOST ES­PE­CIALLY SATUR­DAY NIGHT’S FA­MOUS, FA­BLED, FAB­U­LOUS CACKLEFEST. Tra­di­tion­ally, not only does the pres­ti­gious CHRR race win go down to the fi­nal round, but so does the Her­itage Se­ries cham­pi­onship, and this year was no ex­cep­tion.

With peren­nial N/TF ter­mi­na­tor Tony Bar­tone MIA this year, the Top Fuel com­pe­ti­tion was fierce.

Go­ing into the Re­union, Jim Mur­phy had an ohso-slight ad­van­tage over Mendy Fry and Adam Sorokin. Mur­phy, not noted for ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an abun­dance of good for­tune, was able to cash in dur­ing elim­i­na­tions. In the semis, his neme­sis, Fry, fell to Jim Young and he de­feated Sorokin. In that bout he mur­dered an en­gine and pranged off the guardrail, dam­ag­ing the dragster. Though out of com­pe­ti­tion, his win and their loss pro­vided enough cush­ion to se­cure him the Her­itage Se­ries cham­pi­onship. Sorokin dis­played a ton of sports­man­ship in the fi­nal Top Fuel go. In­stead of the fans wit­ness­ing a Young sin­gle pass for the event win, Sorokin faced off against him.

Ryan Hodg­son and Ja­son Ru­pert had been bat­tling ham­mer and tong for the Her­itage Se­ries N/FC cham­pi­onship, but Ru­pert failed to qual­ify at the Re­union, hand­ing the ti­tle to Hodg­son. He made it to the third round be­fore bow­ing out to even­tual CHRR win­ner Bobby Cot­trell. In the fi­nal, Cot­trell de­feated Matt Bynum, 5.67/253.61 to 5.74/256.62. Ad­di­tion­ally, he was the Her­itage Se­ries 7.0 Pro champ.

The bat­tle for A/Fuel supremacy be­tween Kin Bates and Drew Austin con­tin­ued to the fi­nal round of the fi­nal race. Bates pre­vailed, 5.86/233.68 to 5.93/236.64, for the event win and his ninth Her­itage Se­ries crown.

Other CHRR win­ners included: Nick Davies AA/ Fuel Al­tered, John Marot­tek Jr. Fuel, Pete Peter­son 7.0 Pro, Lloyd Harder NE1, Terry New­ton A/Gas, Jeremy Hanger Pro Mod, Gary Reiner AA/Gas, Bob More­land iA/FX and Bob Tin­gler Su­per Stock.

NHRA Hot Rod Her­itage cham­pi­ons were: Mur­phy in Nos­tal­gia Top Fuel, Ryan Hodg­son in Nos­tal­gia Funny Car, Bates in A/Fuel, Don En­riquez in Jr. Fuel and Cot­trell in 7.0 Pro.

Thanks to Auto Club of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia for your con­tin­u­ing sup­port of a dou­bly de­li­cious event.

Pho­tos by Doug Adams, Tim Mar­shall, Kleet Nor­ris and Jim White

 The King, Loar­ing & Davies Havoc team, with Nick Davies driv­ing, came all the way from Eng­land, and it was well worth the trip. Nick de­feated Vince Gen­era­leo, driv­ing the fa­bled Nanook, for the CHRR AA/FA ti­tle, 6.11/231.36 to 6.13/232.51.

 Bobby Cot­trell shoe­ing the Austin/O’Brien droop snoot Ca­maro claimed the N/FC ti­tle over Matt Bynum, 5.67/253.61 to 5.74/258.62.

 Jim Young ba­si­cally sin­gled in the fi­nal in the N/TF fi­nal when the newly crowned Her­itage Se­ries win­ner, Jim Mur­phy, couldn’t an­swer the fi­nal bell.

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