Mendy Fry

Mendy Fry

Mendy Fry (born May 24, 1969 in Santa Rosa, California) is an American dragster and funny car driver competing in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Under the tutelage of her father Ron Fry, she began driving quarter-midget sprint cars at age 4. As a teenager, she campaigned in the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster class. She is the first and only female drag racer to record a 5-second 1/4 mile elapsed time in a front-engined Top Fuel dragster as well as the only distaff member of the exclusive "Nostalgia Top Fuel 250 mph Club"

Early racing career

In 1988 in Fremont, California, at age 18 she became the planet's quickest drag racing driver in the Top Alcohol Dragster class Driving a dragster she built with her father, Fry recorded an unprecedented 6.15 second elapsed time, backed up with a top speed of 220mph. The motorsports press labeled the run " unbelievable."

World's Fastest Street Rod Wars

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mendy raced her father's blown and injected 1927 Ford roadster in the Super Street class under the NDRA/STREET RODDER MAGAZINE Series. Her toughest competition came from Steve Catelli (1941 Willys), Cole Cutler (1934 Ford Coupe), "Fat Jack" Robinson (1946 Ford Sedan Delivery) and Ray Castor. Fry faced, and defeated them all during those Halcyon days of vintage drag racing as a teenager. During this time, Fry alternated between the Super Street class and NHRA's Top Alcohol class. In August of 1990, she and her father Ron went back to Indianapolis to the Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals to compete with the '27 Ford, eventually winning that event.

Goodguys VRA Series


After a decade long hiatus from the sport of drag racing, Mendy returned to driving dragsters at the 42nd Goodguys March Meet in Bakersfield, California. In her comeback at the wheel of Ron Johnson's alcohol-fueled dragster, Fry advanced to the semi-final round of competition in the Junior Fuel class


In October, at the NHRA California Hot Reunion, Fry became the first female dragster driver to record a 5-second elapsed time in a AA/Fuel Dragster (or "Nostalgia Top Fuel car"). Concurrent to her recording a 5.87 quarter mile elapsed time, she also clocked a Top Speed of 251 mph, numbers which earned her entry into the Nostalgia Top Fuel 250 Mph Club.


Fry was hired to drive the "Jennings & Scheele" AA/Fuel Dragster Using a Chevrolet motor in a drag racing class dominated by Chrysler Hemi engines, in competition at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion, Fry established a new mark for Chevy-powered Nostalgia Top Fuelers, when she stopped the clocks with a 5.85 elapsed time.

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series


Now campaigning the "Bomb Squad" Nitro Funny Car, Fry is currently 3rd in points in the Nostalgia Funny Car class

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