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June 30, 2009


June 27, Sacramento Raceway — In sizzling heat and on a track surface she described as “slicker than snot,” “Nitro Kitty” Mendy Fry kept the throttle down and skated and skedaddled to a semi-final finish at Sacramento Raceway’s 33rd “Nitro Nite of Fire.”

In torrid, debilitating triple digit temperatures, Fry qualified her team’s nitro-powered Funny Car into the 5th position of the race ladder with a 1/4 mile elapsed time of 6.14 seconds, a respectable clocking coupled with a finish-line speed of 233 mph. In the first round of Funny Car Eliminator, her ’73 Plymouth Duster upended Mark Sanders’ Mr. Explosive Nova, as Sanders succumbed to traction woes, enabling Fry to zip to the finish line uncontested, where she posted a victorious time of 6.24 seconds at 234 mph.

This set up a semi-final duel between Fry and the ferocious entry of Plueger & Gyger, a Mustang-bodied racer piloted by Fry’s high school alumnus (and Nitro Funny Car rookie), Barrett Gateman. When the lights flashed green, it could be said that a tutorial was in session, as Fry used her reflexes and grabbed four hundredths of a second advantage off of the starting line; 60 feet into the run, however, class went into recess, as Bateman guided the Plueger-powered Pony right down the groove and drove around the Duster. Bateman claimed the round win with an outstanding 5.94 to Fry’s 6.20. Bateman later claimed the event title by disposing of Leah Pruett-LeDuc.


Next up: NHRA Heritage Series’ Pepsi NightFire Nationals, Boise Raceway, August 13-16.

“Nitro Kitty” would like to thank her personal sponsors and acknowledge the support of:

SCE Gaskets
Gibson Wheels
Titan Engineering
Mysterion Screenprint
Molinari Race Products
Lucas Oil
Clay Smith Engineering
Hot Rod Nostalgia

Story by K-Bomb. Photos courtesy of Mark “Sharky” King and AA/Funny Car News

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