Sorokin Snags 2012 Heritage Title, Williamson Whips 'Em at Bakersfield
As a result of his rapid reflexes, AA/Fuel Dragster driver Adam Sorokin won a quarter-final drag race during the 21st California Hot Rod Reunion at Auto Club Famoso Raceway against Rick White. With that hole-shot win, Sorokin and his Champion Speed Shop crew claimed the 2012 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Top Fuel Points Title. In that decisive match, Sorokin's small-block Chevy-powered dragster ran a 5.697-second quarter-mile clocking to Neal & White's losing 5.690, in what was the closest race of the weekend.
Going into the final race of the year, Sorokin was 62 points ahead of Rick Williamson in the Hemi-powered Team Craig car. One scenario in which Williamson could have won the Points Title was for Sorokin to lose early and for Williamson to win the four-round Reunion Eliminator -- but unfortunately for Team Craig, only half of that happened. Williamson did, in fact, take the Reunion win, besting Sorokin in the final round with an elapsed time of 5.80, coupled with a Top Speed of 235 mph, while Sorokin trailed with a 6-second clocking and a blown engine.
That fiery final-round joust was a fitting conclusion to the 2012 AA/Fuel Dragster season, underscoring Rick Williamson and the Team Craig entry's outstanding year, while also showcasing Champion's no-fear approach to racing. And to fuel the fire of a what is becoming a fierce rivalry, it is worth noting that Team Craig fought their way to the final round at the season's last three races, with Sorokin taking two wins to Williamson's one. These are numbers and results Williamson intends to reverse in 2013.
The final standings for 2012 are as follows:
1 Adam Sorokin 456
2 Rick Williamson 420
3 Jim Young 280
4 Jim Murphy 279
5 Rick White 242
6 Mendy Fry 218
7 Tony Bartone 209
8 Terry Cox 193
9 Bill Dunlap 139
10 Brendan Murry 116
Overall, the teams considered 2012 to be a good racing year for Top Fuel. The class will be looking for full-car counts for the 2013 season as well as adding some new tracks to the series. There are new teams building cars as well as a former teams reuniting and gearing up for the 2013 season.
Of equal if not greater importance, the Association is consulting with NHRA officials and racers in an effort to improve safety conditions and find more effective approaches to oil containment.
The AA/Fuel Dragster Association will be providing more information as these news items develop.
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