THE LADY IS A CHAMP

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THE LADY IS A CHAMP:

Top Fuel win­ner Mendy Fry, the 30-plus-year vet­eran who dom­i­nated fast-street-car racing and briefly held NHRA’S Top Al­co­hol Drag­ster na­tional record as a teenager, is the first fe­male sea­son cham­pion of any nos­tal­gia-fuel cat­e­gory. She went to all four Hot Rod Her­itage Se­ries fi­nals and won all but one round this year (rem­i­nis­cent of Don Prud­homme’s sin­gle-loss, eightevent 1976 NHRA cam­paign). A per­fect out­ing in Tom She­lar’s sling­shot saw her sweep the qual­i­fy­ing pole (5.59 sec­onds) plus low e.t. (5.55) and top speed (261.62) of the meet.

PIC: PAUL SADLER

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