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Sacramento Win Moves Murphy to #2 in Points

9/19/2011: Jim Murphy and WW2 Racing vaulted their way back into the Heritage Series championship chase with a convincing win at the 42th Annual Governor’s Cup contested at Sacramento Raceway Park.

Murphy and the WW2 Racing team came out swinging hitting the track early for some testing. They made two runs during the test-n-tune session prior to Friday’s two qualifying sessions. Later in the day it was obviously that the testing decision paid dividends as Jim ripped off a 5.908 at 237.31 to qualify #1 on an very cool night.

On Saturday Murphy made the day his own starting with a solo 5.846 in round one. In round two, he beat Mike McLennan with a stout 5.948, and then watched Terry Cox run a stellar 5.957 to upset points leader Brett Harris who spun the tires and had to lift on the top end slowing to a 5.993 at 195.50. On a cold track the final was close with Murphy winning by .018 (5.982-6.008) over Cox. With his win, Jim jumped over Rick White into second place behind Harris.

After the race the newly invigorated Murphy commented, "Winning is always great but the fact that the WW2 crew is working flawlessly (they turned the car around for the final round in 62 minutes. From the time it came into the pits until we dropped it back on the ground after firing it) and our engine is really happy right now is just as important, especially going into the upcoming California Hot Rod Reunion in October. We have now made 10 runs without replacing one piston, and in fuel racing that is unheard of."

Murphy and his team realize that with only one race left that it would take a meltdown by Harris and a strong showing at Bakersfield for them to overcome the 46 point difference for the championship. However, as we all know, anything can happen in drag racing and that means the 2011 Top Fuel champion won't be decided until October 23rd.

If you plan to attend the 20th California Hot Rod Reunion stop by the WW2 Racing pit and say hi. Fan support is more than welcome.


















Final - Murphy vs Cox





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