9th Pomona Nitro Nationals was everything the ill-fated March
Meet wasn't. Mother Nature gave three days of ideal racing temps
and Sean Bellemeur and the High Speed Motorsports team took full
advantage of it. After qualifying solidly in the top half of
the field Murphy, Beebe and crew were very optimistic about going
rounds and winning the event. In round one Murphy ran a stellar
5.859 (low ET of the round) at 252.52 and was sure the car would
run better in later rounds.
Murphy was paired with tough customer and great leaver Sean Bellemeur.
In an attempt to sharpen his starting line reflexes Murphy spend
the time before racing began to use his practice tree which simulates
the "Christmas tree" starting system on the track.
In the interim they warmed up the engine. For reasons he'll never
understand, for the first time in nearly 40 years of racing Murphy
forgot to refill the fuel tank after the car was warmed up. The
results are documented below.
full story below.
To quote Murphy, "I just
found my 578th way to lose a race." Blaming only himself,
the car did not get re-fueled between rounds. It was a first
in his nearly 40 years of racing. Like golf, drag racing is a
sport where you can do myriad things wrong but can only win when
you do everything right. In typical Murphy fashion, he was smiling
on the outside but kicking himself on the inside. You can bet
that this car will never go to the line without a full tank again.