The Fremont Reunion
Race has been an established event at Sacramento Raceway since
the late 1980's and it always draws quality cars and large crowds.
This year was no exception and when the smoke cleared on Sunday
afternoon, Jim Murphy had won an unprecedented sixth Top Fuel
title... setting Low ET and Top Speed of the event in the process.
Over the two day event the racers battled tricky track conditions
and a mixed bag of weather but put on a great show and posted
some impressive numbers. Here are some photos and more of the
Its all business
before round one on Saturday. Tim Beebe, Brian Shamrock and Bob
Walker check out the track while Murphy gets focused.
eliminations... Saturday evening...
In round one, Murphy was paired with Jeff Diehl and won easily
with a 6.13 @ just 216
Murphy spends some time visiting in the pits with Bob Sanilini
of Spartan Engine Development.
makes final adjustments to the engine.
does his burnout before lining up with Adam Sorokin.
Jim Murphy has
no competition in the Sunday opening round going 6.084 @ 243.80.
to a stop as Adam Sorokin burned a hole in a piston pumping all
the oil into the catch can resulting in an oil down through the
shut down area (smoke on right). Sorokin felt it nose over but
saw no oil from his vantage point but the can was dumping loads
resulting in a 30 min. clean-up only to be followed by light
rain and more delays.
the crew only had to do normal maintenance as the car didn't
hurt a part all weekend.
The Top Fuel
final pitted the two quickest cars on the property - Jim Murphy
and Bill Dunlap.
cars left together and Jim Murphy put the crowd on it's ear with
a last round charge to hold off Bill Dunlap in Mike Fuller's
fueler. A 5.998 @ 245.43 thank you! Dunlap's thunder was short
of a victory at 6.141 @ 230.26, great performance for both teams
all weekend giving the fans what they came for.