Many of you will remember Mendy Fry from when she was featured in Hot Rod magazine in the late ’80s when she was a teenager running in the nostalgia drags. Fry grew up at the drag strip, being molded and trained by her dad Ron in the way that Earl Woods did with his son Tiger. Mendy knows her junk more than just about any other driver out there. None of this is hurt by the fact that she is a total hottie as well. She hasn’t slowed down, as you can see in this more recent HRM story about her career.She’s a supremely kick-ass drag racer.
This weekend during Funny Car Fever at Sacramento Raceway, she ran her first 5-second pass in a Nitro Funny Car. Here’s a quote from her, courtesy Cole Coonce: “Funny Car Fever was a weekend of firsts for both myself and McCain’s Bomb Squad: I had never posted a 5-second elapsed time in a Nitro Funny Car and MCain’s ‘73 Duster had never run in that zone either….
“Imagine the team’s collective surprise when we posted back-to-back 5-second clockings today! The first transpired in the opening round of eliminations, and was at the expense of Dennis La Charite and his menacing Back In Black machine. By virtue of that win, as well as our #1 Qualifier status, we earned a bye run in the second round. (Twelve cars answered the bell for a 16-car show — there was bound to be a solo run for us sometime in today’s competition.)
“Even though I ran unopposed in the quarter-finals, I was determined to run quick enough to earn lane choice for our semi-final joust. To that end, we clocked another 5, this time a 5.94 at a set-me-back-in-the-seat 241 mph.”
Mendy rules. See lots more at her Nitro Kitty web site.
Photo courtesy Dawn Mazi-Hovsepian