We'll pick up
the weekend with the team getting ready for the first qualifying
session on Friday.
1st Qualifying Session
Friday: 2:44 p.m. Weather conditions:
air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer
28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 2,943 feet, track temperature
In the first of two sessions
Murphy was paired with the the only other car even remotely in
the points hunt, Rick White.
Both cars had good early numbers
and stayed pretty much side by side the entire quarter mile.
Both cars used their
fair share of clutch discs.
On the other
end Murphy carded a nice out-of-the-box 5.786 at 246.12. White
was right behind him with a 5.860 at 245.72. The bar was set.
While the car was being prepped
for the Saturday session Muphy attached a compact HD video camera
to his roll bar. The results was some stunning footage of the
2nd Qualifying Session
The final pair for the
second and final session was Jimi Young and Jim Murphy.
Saturday: 12:06 p.m. Weather
conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 41
percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 2,853 feet,
track temperature 108 degrees.
From the hit this run looked
special. Both cars were very aggressive but it was Young who
carded a 1.003 sixty foot time and was running over 212.70 at
Young's car kept the candle lit
to near the lights, where there is a bunch of piston smoke. But
who cared? He not only got the pole back but his 5.593 at 255.92
made him only the third NTF car to run in the five fifties. Murphy's
5.813 at 237.71 was no slouch but still over 2 tenths off of
Top Fuel - Round One
Fuel Qualifying Final Order
1 - Jimi Young
5.593 @ 255.92
2 - Rick White 5.698 @ 231.20
3 - Denver Schutz 5.785 @ 234.70
4 - Jim Murphy 5.786 @ 246.12
5 - Brett Harris 5.827 @ 255.15
6 - Rick McGee 5.861 @ 214.83
7 - Bill Dunlap 5.868 @ 237.38
8 - Howard Haight 5.913 @ 249.21
9 - Terry Cox 5.990 @ 253.47
10 - Tony Bartone 6.064 @ 250.64
11 - Brad Thompson 6.100 @ 208.68
12 - Brendan Murry 6.250 @ 200.83
13 - Mendy Fry 6.261 @ 181.32
14 - John Everette 6.281 @ 214.31
15 - Michael Irwin 6.887 @ 177.16
16 - Jim Boyd 7.588 @ 133.33
Next to last first round
match up was Jim Murphy and Mendy Fry.
Saturday: 4:22 p.m. Weather conditions:
air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 45 percent, barometer
28.90 inches, adjusted altitude 3,307 feet, track temperature
Murphy picked up the pace and
marched ahead of Fry and on down the track. It was expensive
though, as there is a major cloud of smoke from the engine in
Murphy's 5.747 at 239.95 was
more than enough to cover Fry's shut of early 6.368 at 181.67.
Murphy's incremental times: 60ft-1.002
sec., 330ft-2.581, 660ft-3.802/204.76 mph, 1,000ft-4.839.
Top Fuel - Round Two
Sunday: 11:52 a.m. Weather
conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 38
percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,996 feet,
track temperature 102 degrees.
three of round two featured two old rivals - Jim Murphy and Brett
Harris got a slight jump
leaving Murphy to play catch-up.
After the 60' clocks
it was a deat heat.
But on the other
end it was Harris who continued to improve running a 5.757 at
259.66. Murphy starting hurting parts on the top end and shut
off to a 5.859 at 224.58. His 2011 season was over.