19-20, 2008 - Sacramento, CA - Jim Murphy and the WW2 Racing team
look forward to the annual Governors Cup at Sacramento Raceway
like a fox in the hen house. Over the last 3 decades Murphy has
now won the event an unprecedented 11 times.
#1 with a 5.85, Murphy waded through the field to meet Rick White
in an anticlimactic final when White left to soon collecting
a red light. It was Murphy's third win in a row and serves notice
that they are ready for the California Hot Rod Reunion.
really chomping at the bit to get to Bakersfield which is consistently
the best track we see all year.", said Murphy. "For
the last few races our 60' times have been the best in the class
and if we can put that together with the top end bite at Famoso
a 5.60 could be in the cards."
Going into the
CHRR Murphy is just 3 points behind points leader Troy Green.
Depending on where the two qualify, there could be less than
one round of racing between first and second place for the 2008
NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel Points Championship.
Whoever goes one round further will get the crown.
a stout leave Murphy set the bar high early clocking a super
5.851 at 239.98.
Friday - Qualifying
Friday - Qualifying
ORDER TOP FUEL
1. Jim Murphy
3. Rick White
5. Jason Richey
7. Mike McLennan
10. Mark Malde
5.851 @ 234.90
5.976 @ 247.60
6.149 @ 223.38
6.169 @ 179.14
6.269 @ 222.36
6.393 @ 228.45
10.332 @ 81.20
Top fuel eliminations kicked
off Saturday at 5:00 pm with Rick White and Adam Sorokin. The
weekend had been unseasonably cool for the Sacramento Valley
in September and that was good for making horsepower. The racing
surface had been very good off the line if a little tricky down
track. Adam grabbed the lead off the line with Rick in hot pursuit.
It was a "Thrilla from Sacramenta" and Sorokin's 5.87-215.34
was just enough to deny White's 5.832-248.54; a MOV of .003.
Mike McLennan and Mike Fuller also found the conditions amiable
and Mike drove down the left lane to a winning 6.06 at only 216.46
over Rick Williamson.
Craig-Berger-Schwartz was not
as fortunate-they banged a blower down track and coasted through
the traps at 6.57. A team consultant offered this explanation,
"We feel like we're skydiving without a chute. We made the
gear/tire change to the Hoosiers and now the whole tune up has
escaped us. Then, we banged the blower in E1 and the data to
the bang said best run all weekend; maybe a 5.87".
Next Murphy sped away from Terry
Cox in the Cheetah IV with a 5.902-251.37 and , Richey advanced
with a 6.14 over Murry (back in for Eirich). At this point, it
appeared to be a typical weekend at Sacramento Raceway with Murphy
tormenting all his opponents.
AA/FD Inc. - Nostalgia Top Fuel Teams
Cup - Complete Race Results
With the sun set in the Western
sky, things started to get weird. Two of the winning cars from
E1, Fuller-McLennan and Jason Richey, had to withdraw due to
engine damage. That left three cars available to race and White-Neal,
back in under the break rule, lined up against his old antagonist
Murphy. Unlike Nitro Nite of Fire, this time Rick turned the
tables on Jim and beat him to the finish line with a commendable
5.90-245.47. Adam Sorokin then made a solo run down the right
lane (6.738). But, the car that had beaten both White and Murphy,
the RB Entertainment dragster, broke a rear end on its single
run and Murphy and WW2 Racing was reinstated. As Bobby McLennan
explained it, "We had a very good 60' race car at the Governor's
Cup. We were spinning the tires pretty hard from half track on
and that prevented us from making any full passes. Our 60' times
were .971, 1.01, .982, and .974. We sheared the rear end axle
flange on the semi-final pass which prevented us from making
it to the final."
Top Fuel Final
So, the T/F champion
of the 39th annual Governor's Cup champion would be determined
by two once- beaten competitors. Nonetheless, it was a match
up of easily the two best performing cars at Sacramento Raceway
over the past year. White and Murphy had accounted for five of
the seven 5-second runs at the event with Rick holding down low
In the final,
the Autopower Industries-sponsored dragster caught a red light
and Murphy softly cackled down the left lane to another win.