Win Moves Murphy to #2 in Points
Jim Murphy and WW2 Racing vaulted their way back into the Heritage
Series championship chase with a convincing win at the 42th Annual
Governors 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 Fridays 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
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
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
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.