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Southern Nationals Powered by Mello Yello Top Sportsman winner Bob Mandell Jr.

16 May 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Bob Mandell Jr. and his son, Bob Mandell III, experienced triumph and tragedy en route to their win in Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com. On Saturday, Mandell III was involved in a two-car accident that resulted in the passing of fellow Top Sportsman racer Randy Alexander. Mandell III was not injured and returned to help his father earn his third national event win following an emotional final-round win over Vince Hoda. Determined to win the race as a tribute to his late friend, Mandell Jr. was almost perfect on the starting line and drove his ’55 Chevy to a 6.856 on his 6.84 dial for the victory.