February '19

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FEBRUARY 2019 THE SHOP 27 It was a long time coming, but 2018 proved to be Mendy's year. She was runner- up at the Bakersfield March Meet, she won the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion at Bowling Green and she went on to win the Nightfire Nationals in Boise, Idaho. Consequently, a rainout at Tulsa math- ematically gave her the Nostalgia Top Fuel Championship in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Drag Racing Series, but there's nothing quite like winning. At the recent California Hot Rod Reunion at Famoso she was top qualifier and set low ET at 5.55. She ran a blistering 5.61 pass at 259.36 mph in the final, taking out Rick McGee for the well-deserved and popular win to become the only female Nostalgia Top Fuel champion. You can't do it alone, though, and Mendy would like to thank Tom and Rick Shelar for giving her the seat, Walt and Maria Stevens for their continued support, the High Speed Motorsports team and their families and, not least, their sponsors: Cam 2 Blue Blood Racing Oil, The Blower Shop, A&A Preci- sion Machining, Donovan, SCE Gaskets and Webster Cylinder Heads for their support. We're excited to see what the new year will bring her. B o r n i n E n g l a n d , TO N Y THACKER is an accredited automotive journalist, author and book publisher, and served as marketing director at the famed SO-CAL Speed Shop. It was a long time coming, but 2018 proved to be Mendy's year as she became the first woman to win the Nostalgia Top Fuel Championship.

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