Takes Points Lead
Runner-up due to engine damage
42nd Annual Pepsi
Nightfire Nationals, Firebird Raceway, Boise ID - Jim Murphy
and his "Holy Smokes" team went to Boise sitting in
the #3 spot of the 2013 Heritage Series Top Fuel Points, and
left sitting #1 with a 70 point lead. Coming off a huge win at
the NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY Murphy
had all the confidence in the world in his new car, the ex-Crop
Duster of Frank Ousley.
Harris, driving for Steve Harwood from Denver, won the event
in the ex-Nitro Thunder car, Murphy could hardly consider his
efforts a defeat. After qualifying #3 with a 5.84 at 237.52 he
easily beat fellow Californian Brendan Murry in round one with
a 5.91 at 244.16. In the semi semi final defeat of Adam Sorokin,
Ousley tuned his old car to a 5.739 at 258.17 which were good
for the best numbers of the meet. However, it came with a price.
"We plugged the idle nozzle in the number 5 cylinder and
this is the results. The rest of the engine looked fine. This
started happening at the hit and had the big hole at 3.2 seconds.
There was mucho aluminum in oiling system, that is why I did
mot run the final". Ousley followed up, " From the
RacePak data it was going away by the hit. The idle nozzle was
restricted. It was a miracle it made it to the finish line. The
other 7 were fine. That was the only pass Jim drove it to the
finish line. It was just spinning the tires down track all weekend
Murphy now has
a commanding lead in the points race with two events left on
the Heritage Series schedule: The inaugural New England Hot Rod
Reunion and the 22nd California Hot Rod Reunion. Its a safe bet
that unless Denver Schutz makes the epic trip across country
to compete at the Epping, NH race, it will all but over at the
CHRR in October.
1. Brett Harris,
Hooper, Utah, 5.80, 247.38.
2. Adam Sorokin, La Crescenta, Calif., 5.83, 224.83.
3. Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa, Calif., 5.84, 237.52.
4. Rick White, San Diego, Calif., 5.85, 248.00.
5. Tony Bartone, Long Island City, New York, 5.93, 218.92.
6. Brendan Murry, San Jose, Calif., 6.36, 230.35.
7. Ron August, Pleasanton, Calif., 6.39, 212.91.
2013 NHRA HERITAGE
SERIES TOP FUEL POINTS
1. Jim Murphy -- 265.
2. Denver Schutz -- 195
3. Jim Young -- 173
4. Rick White -- 141
5. Brett Harris -- 108
6. Adam Sorokin -- 99
7. Brendan Murry -- 96
8. Ron August -- 77
9. Tony Bartone -- 6
10. Randy Bridges -- 75
Sorry for the lack of photos,
but here are a few shots to share.
Murphy warming up the
engine prior to action on Friday.
Murphy stages then leaves on
his semi final 5.739
at 258.17 - Adam Sorokin is in the other lane.
Murphy with a three car
length lead, Sorokin playing catch up.
An instant after this shot Sorokin's
mount experienced a violent blower explosion.
Check out where Murphy
and Team are racing next....
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