GLENDORA, Calif. -
Tue, 30 Oct 2012, 20:16 PM
Sorokin, Rupert Take 2012 Titles
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing
Adam Sorokin and Jason Rupert took home the 2012 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Championships this
past weekend at the season ending California Hot Rod Reunion presented by the Automobile Club of
Southern California at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
Sorokin, La Crecenta, Calif., came into the event with a 41 point lead over Rick Williamson, the
only driver with a shot to overtake him in Nostalgia Top Fuel. Williamson, Stockton, Calif.,
qualified No. 1 to Sorokin's No. 8 to gain five points but when Sorokin beat Rick White in round
two, advancing to the semifinals, it wrapped up the championship for Sorokin which is his second
having won it back in 2010 as well.
Sorokin faced off with Williamson in the final with Williamson taking the event win with a run of
5.809 seconds at 235.23 mph as both drivers suffered mechanical problems. Sorokin had a pair of
wins in three final rounds on the year winning at Firebird Raceway and Sacramento Raceway.
In Nostalgia Funny Car, Rupert had a 71 point lead over John Hale, looking for back to back
championships as the defending NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Champion from 2011. With a stellar
33-car field looking to make the 16-car show it took a 5.954 second run in qualifying to advance to
eliminations. Neither Rupert nor Hale made the cut giving Rupert the championship.
Rupert went to four final rounds in 2012 taking the win at Firebird's Napa Auto Parts Ignitor in
his championship run with final round showings in Las Vegas, Sacramento and the second Heritage
Series event at Firebird.
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