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Murphy 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel Champion


2013 Final Top Fuel Driver Points
1 Jim Murphy 320
2 Denver Schutz 293
3 Jim Young 274
4 Adam Sorokin 223
5 Rick White 207
6 Brendan Murry 196
7 Tony Bartone 196
8 Brett Harris 192
9 Rick McGee 132
10 Ron August Jr. 117



Bakersfield, CA - 10/20/13: The 22nd 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.

Add to that the hard working folks from the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum and the crew at Famoso insured those in attendance enjoyed 3 full days of great racing, tons of cacklecars and the reason the reunion started in the first place, tons of friends getting together while we still can.

This was a huge event for Jim Murphy who came in with the 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel Championship points lead and needed to go just one round further than Jim Young to win it. Win it he did and was well on his way to possibly winning the event until a freak mistake took the team out in round two.



The guys spent Thursday getting used to the car and then finding a problem that kept them from making a qualifying run.








1st Qualifying Session

Friday 2:30 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 30 percent, barometer 26.31 inches, adjusted altitude 2,867 feet.


The last pair out was Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry and Brett Harris in the "Nitro Hemi" (ex Nitro Thunder) car out of Denver.








Both cars racked up good early numbers.









Murphy slipped into the #3 spot with a 5.797 at 240.25 while Harris was right there with a 5.831 at 247.70.






2nd Qualifying Session

Saturday - Weather conditions: beautiful


Pair three of the second and last session pitted Jim Murphy and Terry Cox.





Both cars had good early numbers.







Neither car improved leaving Murphy #4 and Cox #7




Eliminations - Round One


Second pair out of the waterbox Saturday evening was Jim Murphy and Ron August Jr.














August got a slight lead at the hit.












Murphy got even before the 330' mark and pulled away for a closer than expected win. His 5.805 at 261.02 (top speed of the meet) held off August's game 5.941 at 242.50. This win was a biggie - combined with Jim Young's loss, it sealed the 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel Championship. Things were good at WW2 Racing.




Eliminations - Round Two


Following the pre-race ceremonies Top Fuel was first out. Jim Murphy and Brett Harris were matched in the last pair of the round.





The usually stout WW2 fueler was flat at the hit.




With two dead holes all Murphy could do was watch Harris pull away.









At the other end it was obvious that Harris had dodged a bullet. His sub par 6.018 at 233.52 would not have covered any previous pass made by Murphy. Jim's 6.265 at 228.73 was not good enough to take advantage of Big Red's falter.



What went wrong in his own words, Jim Murphy. "We warmed up the engine in prep for round 2 and found the rear main seal was leaking. After checking it out, we decided to change engines, and did. The whole swap went good, but what we didn't know was a spark plug must have got dropped, had no gap and the #4 cylinder did not run from the hit. On top of that I made a mistake when changing an idle nozzle and put a small idle nozzle in place of a large run nozzle and hurt #6. Hence a very poor 6.20 on 6 cylinders. That's the essence of a bummer of a Reunion finish as the run before was top speed of the meet at 261."

Further. "We are changing a few things about the car to make it easier to service and I'm very excited about next year as this car will run big numbers, we just need to get our arms around everything. Can't wait for the 2014 March Meet."



World Champs


Gathering in the Winners Circle did take some of the sting out of the disappointing second round loss.








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