Champion Speed Shop race team was started in 1958 by the NHRA Hall of Fame inductee Jim McLennan. Today the legacy goes on in a nostalgia top fuel front engine dragster.


Champion Speed Shop readies for 2019

The 2019 racing season promises to be one of excitement and opportunity for Team Champion.  The team will once again expect to battle for wins and a series Championship.


The Adam Sorokin driven Champion Speed Shop Small Block Chevrolet will be spitting nails when the 2019 racing season rolls around in March.  Crew Chief Tony Bernardini is ready to put the Chevrolet back into the winner’s circle after a disappointing 2018. The March Meet 2019 will show the rest of the teams that the Chevrolet is back.



See you at the track,

The McLennan family





Adam Sorokin Wins Second March Meet in Champion Speed Shop Chevrolet

March 11, 2019

Bakersfield, California –

Adam Sorokin is the 2019 Bakersfield March Meet Nostalgia Top Fuel Champion. Sorokin drove the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet-powered AA/Fuel dragster to victory with a 5.84 ET at 212 MPH as runner up Mendy Fry watched from the starting line with a broken throttle linkage in the High Speed Motorsports fueler. Sorokin’s second March Meet win with the Champion Speed Shop closed out a weekend of fierce competition at the historic drag racing event.

Sorokin drove the Champion Speed Shop small block Chevrolet into the Final with a 5.83 ET 212 MPH win as Rick White struck the tires in the Neal & White AA/Fueler. Mendy Fry then broke her own Nostalgia Top Fuel record with a 5.49 ET 259 MPH Semi-Final blast over Bret Williamson’s 5.85 ET at 234 MPH. Side by side burnouts set up the Final round battle at Famoso and Sorokin etched his second March Meet win into the Top Fuel timeline behind the canopy of the Champion Speed Shop dragster.

Over 50 years after his father Mike Sorokin won the March Meet and nearly 10 years after his first March Meet win, Sorokin was elated as he was interviewed by Jason Galvin on the top end at Famoso. “I was just hoping that they don’t run ’em on paper! We knew that we had something if things didn’t go their way. That 5.49 she ran was so stout. That team was so good. Amazing. For us to get by them, that’s the car to beat right now. I’m really happy.”



March Meet 2017

HOT rod reunion 2016

Holley NHRA Hot Rod Reunion 2016

Famoso Raceway

Bakersfield, CA

Famoso Raceway


Beech Bend Raceway

Bowling Green, KY


2019 Schedule

May 18

June 1

June 14-16

August 8-11

August 16-17

September 20-21

October 25-27

Nitro Revival

Los Angeles, CA

Cordova Raceway

Eight car invitational

Cordova, IL



Holley National Hot Rod Reunion

presented by AAA Insurance

Beech Bend Raceway

Bowling Green, KY

Pepsi Night Fire Nationals

Firebird Raceway

Boise , ID


Nitro Summer Nationals

Spokane County Raceway

Spokane, WA


Nitro Nationals

Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park

Tulsa, OK


California Hot Rod Reunion

Presented by Automobile Club of So. California

Auto Club Famoso Raceway

Bakersfield, CA