After a March Meet runner-up and semi final finish at the 2007
Boise Nightfire Nationals, Jim Murphy leads the AAFD 2007 Points
standings. With three points races to go Murphy is locked in
a race with Brett Harris, Adam Sorokin, Brad Thompson and Howard
Haight for the first ever AAFD Top Fuel Championship title. The
WW2 Racing Team decided to pass on the next points race at Mission,
Canada and focus on the Governors Cup at Sacramento in September
and the California Hot Rod Reunion in October. Says Murphy, "We
are disappointed not being able to attend the Mission race as
the times will be stout there but feel fortunate the point chase
consists of the best four out of five races".
Backing up to
the Nightfire Nationals, in the final session of qualifying on
Saturday Murphy set a new Firebird Raceway record with an outstanding
5.836 at 248 MPH. but one pair later Brad Thompson took it away
with a 5.832. These runs were particularly impressive as the
temperature at Boise was in the 90's and the track was a toasty
130+ degrees leaving them with a corrected altitude of 6500.
on Sunday started at 3:00 PM at it was hot! With track temps
at 140 degrees many of the 16 cars in contention had major problems
staying hooked up and in the groove. Murphy was paired with Shannon
Stewart for round one and it was an exciting match up to say
the least. For the first time all weekend Murphy smoked the tires
and drifted toward the centerline but managed to petal the car,
reel it in and still clock 6.368 at 236.84 for the win. As ugly
as Jim's run was Stewart's was way worse. At mid track he got
out of the groove and stayed in it a tad too long and smacked
the right guardwall hard enough to damage the car beyond repair.
Lucky he stayed on all fours and was unhurt.
On a cooler track
for round two Murphy clocked a 5.976 at 243.11 to beat Jason
Richey who had problems and shut off early. This left a semi-final
match up with young gun, Adam Sorokin who ran strong all weekend.
Both cars left hard and it was a close race until Murphy had
the front end start coming up at 400 feet, the car moved out
of the groove and got loose forcing him to pedal it. With Sorokin
clocking a stellar 5.858 at 253.95 there was no chance of Murphy
catching him so he shut off to a 6.389 at 170.74.
All in all it
was a good weekend as they qualified well, went to the semis
and moved into first place in the points chase. Better yet, the
engine was happy and parts damage was minimal to say the least.
Murphy and crew are looking forward to their next outing, the
Governors Cup at Sacramento Raceway.