The guys spent Thursday getting
used to the car and then finding a problem that kept them from
making a quaifying run.
Thursday's first session, Murphy got his first qualifying attempt
on Saturday morning. He was
paired with Howard Haight,
Murphy had a strong leave.
This was his
first pass in the car but between his years of experience and
faith in this battle proven piece, he legged it.
Just like he's been in this seat
for years, Jim motored to a nice 5.888 at just 215.68 which would
be good for the #3 spot.
During the clean
up Murphy opted to stay in his car under a shade tree. Fellow
Top Fuel driver Brenan Murry was there with the water.
with Jerry Krume Jr., Murphy finally got to do his burnout.
The car left
good and made a strong, straight pass. Krume trailed but had
a nice clean pass.
the clocks malfunctioned and there were no times. This left Murphy
to stand on his previous time qualifying him #3.
three was two friends from California, Jim Murphy and Brendan
Saturday featured cooler than
usual weather (only in the high 80's) as the first round of Top
Fuel kicked off.
Both cars left
pretty much together but Murphy pulled away at took command by
the 60' mark.
model hemi had a major problem on the left bank while Murphy
was motoring to a 6.054 at 251.49 for the win.
couldn't make it back so Murphy had a single to the final.
After some stout
early numbers Murphy clicked it and slowed to a 6.452 at 169.02.
Fuel - Final
Neal & Parks car had been a bracket racer all weekend. But
Murphy 5.80 in round one would put him right there.
Murphy got a big jump
off the line and they were off.
In one great drag race Muprhy
got the win with Schutz flying a click behind him. Not bad for
Jim's fifth run in the car.
The team comprised of WW2 Racing
regulars who flew in and some of the Crop Duster funny car guys.
Murphy, Frank Ousley
and Dan Wilkison. Debra Ousley joined in below.
Check out where Murphy
and Team are racing next....
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