MISSES CHAMPIONSHIP BY 5 POINTS
Semi-final loss ended 2008 season
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Friday Qualifying - Session
CA - October 10 - 12, 2008: For Jim Murphy and the WW2 Racing team
the 2008 season was a good one that ended on a disappointing
note. Coming off a three race win streak, Murphy entered the
17th California Hot Rod Reunion just 4 point behind Troy Green
for the 2008 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel Points
Championship. After the end of qualifying he was just 5 points
back. The task at hand was clear - he had to go one more round
than Green in eliminations. What made the scenario even more
intense is the fact Green qualified #1 (5.72) and Murphy #3 (5.74)
which put them on the same side of the ladder and if they both
made it past the semis, they would meet in the final.
The drama heightened
when both drivers won their first round match ups Saturday night.
Sunday the tension was almost palpable. Again both Murphy and
Green were victorious in round two and in the semi finals. Murphy
was out first paired with Brett Harris while Green would face
Rick White. If Murphy won all the pressure would be on Green
- if he lost it would be over. As fate would have it, Murphy
spun the tires at the hit and slowed to a 5.81 while Harris unloaded
low ET of the event (5.69) ending Jim's hopes for a 5th World
full results below.
2:05 p.m. The first of only two
qualifying sessions got under way. Weather conditions: air temperature
63 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 29.91 inches,
track temperature 88 degrees. Perfect racing conditions.
For his first shot at the Famoso
quarter mile Murphy was paired with Pete Kaiser in the Qround
Dave Thornhill guided
Murphy back from this burnout.
Murphy's ride left hard
and carded good early numbers.
Murphy stopped the clocks with
a nice 5.818 at 258.32 which put him in the #2 hole after session
Crew Chief Tim Beebe
went over the data collected from the run.
Following the 5.81 pass the car
was stripped and serviced in preparation for session two on Saturday.
Saturday - Qualifying
Michael Beebe is in charge of
the clutch - arguably the most important component in the car.
1:42 p.m. Unlike the March Meet
which offers three shots to qualify, the CHRR offered only two.
Jim was paired with Terry
Once again Murphy reeled
in a nice 1.03 60' time and just kept marching.
Straight, true and clean
- Murphy went #1 with a 5.746 at 257.73.
Michael Beebe lined Murphy
up for his burnout.
Saturday - Round
One of Eliminations
1 - Troy Green 5.722
2 - Brett Harris 5.725 @ 255.46
3 - Jim Murphy 5.746 @ 257.73
4 - Denver Schutz 5.771 @ 255.97
5 - Rick White 5.797 @ 254.45
6 - Rick Williamson 5.920 @ 219.99
7 - Pete Kaiser 5.980 @ 245.70
8 - Shannon Stewart 5.990 @ 216.81
Adam Sorokin 6.064 @ 231.95
10 - Rick McGee 6.087 @ 237.78
11 - Mike McLennan 6.098 @ 229.06
12 - Terry Cox 6.250 @ 236.03
13 - Mark Malde 6.275 @ 170.48
14 - Jack Harris 6.289 @ 178.39
15 - Brendan Murry 6.403 @ 182.14
16 - Rick Rogers 6.651 @ 240.25
5:03 p.m. Weather conditions:
air temperature 65 degrees, relative humidity 14 percent, barometer
29.90 inches, track temperature 84 degrees. Another difference
between the March Meet and CHRR is that the first round of eliminations
is run Saturday evening prior to the Cacklefest program.
The car getting its final touches
before heading to the staging lanes for round one.
For the first round Murphy was
paired with Jack Harris in the Paso Posse fueler.
In an ongoing tribute to the
late John Shoemaker, Dave Thornhill carries a small American
flag during the backup process. It is the same fag John's wife,
Judee used to back him up.
This race was over by the 60'
clocks. Harris moved first by a tad but could not hold off Murphy's
incremental times: 60ft-1.049 sec., 330ft-2.650, 660ft-3.880/202.61mph,
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In the lights Murphy's 5.781
at 257.80 was more than enough to hold off Harris' game 5.912