Mendy Fry Isn't Just a Top "Female" Driver – She's a Top Driver Period

By: Todd Veney08/14/2017 < Back to Blog Home

Don't call Mendy Fry a "female" driver. She's a driver. Period. Winner of the biggest event in nostalgia drag racing – the March Meet in Bakersfield, Calif. – and a semifinalist this year at the other two major nostalgia events – the Holley NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the Night Fire Nationals in Boise, Idaho – she's long been established as one of the top names in the sport. Fry, daughter of late chassis builder Ron Fry, grew up around the sport and never wanted to be anything but a driver. Not just a driver – a nitro driver. She earned her Top Alcohol Dragster license when just a teenager in the late 1980s and today lives in the hills above downtown Los Angeles with her husband, noted motorsports journalist and author Cole Coonce. Fry, who made countless 5-second runs at more than 250 mph in the fire-breathing High Speed Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, clocked an outstanding 5.69 at nearly 250 mph at the 2017 Holley NHRA Hot Rod Reunion. Her Anaheim, Calif.-based team reached the semifinals at the Reunion and has a solid shot at winning the 2017 NHRA championship. Click this video to hear her story in her own words!