PHOENIX, Ariz. — Bill Mullins beat Larry Minor by 7/10ths of a second in the final race to win the Top Fuel division in the Super Bowl of Drag Racing Sunday at Firebird International Raceway.
Mullins, of Pelham, Ala., had an elapsed time of 5.70 seconds at 257.14 m.p.h. to top Minor, of Los Angeles, who was at 243.24 m.p.h.
Shirley Muldowney beat Minor in the quarterfinals but had to drop out of competition after blowing a valve stem in the engine of her dragster.
The 45-year-old Muldowney, a former three-time world champion from Northridge, was making her comeback to drag racing after recovering from a near-fatal crash in June 1984.