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Second Round Loss Ends 2012 Season
Weekend Deemed a Success


Bakersfield, CA - 10/24/12: The 21st edition of the California Hot Rod Reunion disappointed no one. It lived up to its rock star billing and then some. The weekend featured Chamber of Commerce weather and a race track second to none. There was no doubt that Auto Club Famoso Raceway operators Blake and John Bowser had their facility ready for what was the largest CHRR ever. The smooth as glass concrete quarter mile yielded incredible times in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.

As for the WW2 Racing team the weekend wasn't a bad thing. After qualifying #3 with a 5.792 226.01, Murphy went on to win round one convincingly and then lost round two in a close one. The tune-up seems to be working fine and not hurting a lot of parts - but, it still needs to consistanly run low 5.7's to win the big races. With their never give up attetude, you can bet the car will come out of the box at the March Meet ready to get those low numbers.

All that aside, here is the teams CHRR weekend in photos, enjoy.



We'll open with a typical scene in the pits preparing for a run. Ron Rapadas and Tim Beebe tend to the engine while Michael Beebe takes care of the clutch.



Dan Wilkison who has several rolls on the team.








Murphy takes care of hiw own nitro.










1st Qualifying Session
Friday 2:45 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 29.31 inches, adjusted altitude 2,762 feet.


Murphy's first look at the track was with Bill Dunlap in the seat of the High Speed Motorsports car.





Both cars had decent leaves with Murphy being the quickest to the 60' mark.








Murphy made a great baseline pass of 5.792 at 226.01. Dunlap clicked it early, as planned, to a 6.134 at 200.08.







Top Fuel Second Qualifying Session

Saturday 2:13 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 47 percent, barometer 29.18 inches, adjusted altitude 2,435 feet.


The second and last qualifying session paired up Murphy and eventual event winner, Rick Williamson.



Murphy left hard and had the better early numbers.






Murphy stayed #3 with a 5.858 at 238.30, while Williamson stayed #1 with an engine killing 5.791 at 256.50.






Top Fuel - Round One

Saturday: 4:40 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 89 degrees, relative humidity 33 percent, barometer 29.08 inches, adjusted altitude 3,209 feet.


In round one #3 Murphy was paired with #13 Mendy Fry in Mike Fuller's "Forever Young" fueler.






Beebe makes the final adjustments to the fuel system.


Michael eases Murphy to the beams.


Taking a shot at the tree Fry cut a great light (.029) but Murphy ate that up by the 100' mark and marched away for the win.






Murphy's 5.817 at 245.00 easily covered Fry's 6.099 at 219.54. Jim would move on to round 2 on Sunday.


As usual, Fuller's titanium skid plates put on a world class fireworks show.



Round Two

Sunday: 12:06 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 44 percent, barometer 29.24 inches, adjusted altitude 1,853 feet.


In the third pair on Sunday Jim Murphy fanced Paul Romine in the Ousley's "Crop Duster" out of Indiana.



Romine took the lead at the hit and never looked back.




Both cars had hurt themselves by the 1000' mark but neither driver gave up.




In spite all the damage Romine still carded a 5.694 at 235.84 for the win. Murphy slowed as well to a 5.810 at 227.38.



Oiled in, driving a new car (to him) Romine got into Murphy's lane and smacked the guardrail. The hit was enough to tweak the chassis thus ending the Ousley's weekend. Without the break rule in effect, Murphy was also done for the day.


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