CA - 10/18/10: After
three days of 90 degree sunshine the race had to be called due
to inclement weather after the semi final rounds. Thus the 19th
California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern
California finals in Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car
will be finished at the 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern
California NHRA Finals held at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona,
Nov. 10-13. Remaining classes (A/Fuel, Junior Fuel, A/Gas, AA/Gas,
7.0 Pro and Nostalgia Eliminator) divided the purse equally and
the lowest elapsed time of each class in the previous round received
the 19th California Hot Rod Reunion trophy.
Not making the
trip to Pomona will be the WW2 Racing team. After qualifying
#1 with a nice 5.80 at 230.35, Murphy easily handled his opponents
in the first two rounds of racing. In the semi-finals Jim was
facing Adam Sorokin and it should have been a great race. However,
one small mistake by a new crew member took the green car out
of the picture on the burnout.
Fuel cars use
throttle stops on their burnouts as to not over rev the engine.
In this case the stop was inadvertently left off and when Murphy
rolled through the water box and hit the throttle it went all
the open taking the engine up over 12,000 rpm which bent several
exhaust valves and rendering the engine unfit for a race.
the procedure and limped to the starting line in hopes Sorokin
would red light but that did not happen. He did leave the line
but got out of the throttle before the 60' mark.
into the event trailing Murphy by just nine points in Nostalgia
Top Fuel and with a 17-point lead over Brad Thompson, who was
third. Sorokin qualified sixth in the 16-car field and matched
up with Thompson in round two, taking the win and eliminating
Thompson from the title chase. This made the race with Jim a
true championship match-up. The loss left Murphy #2 in the points,
the same as 2009.
Fuel Adam Sorokin, Sterling Dragster, 252.03, 5.634 def.
Jim Murphy, 09 Thornhill, 104.04, 8.606.
Fuel Brett Harris, Neil & Parks Dragster, 250.20,
5.776 def. Rick McGee, 97 Tedford, 132.68, 6.886.
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