For the first session Jim Murphy
in his WW2 Racing entry was paired with Adam Sorokin driving
the Champion Speed Shop fueler.
After the March Meet
Murphy brought the legendary Roland Leong on as Crew Chief.
Not that it mattered
but Sorokin left first by a huge margin.
Seems Murphy experienced
a clutch issue that caused the car to react very late.
Admittedly the tune-up was "to
hopped up" and at the 60ft block the car went into major
For the Friday afternoon session
Murphy was paired with Bill Dunlap in the High Speed Motorsports
Dunlap carded a 5.696 at 241.67
while Murphy was right there with a 5.752 at just 228.46.
The third and final session went
off around noon on Saturday. Murphy was once again matched with
Murphy experienced some burnt
pistons carding a 5.74 at 241.01 5:74 which was disappointing
as Jim and Roland expected more. After getting back to the trailer
they discovered a roller lifter had come apart on the burnout
and it was on seven cylinders the entire run. The damage was
extensive and not an easy fix. It was a thrash to get the car
turned around for the first round of eliminations later that
1 of Eliminations
Final Order of Qualifying
1: Tony Bartone - 5.569 at 241.28
2: Rick White - 5.668 at 259.96
3: Bill Dunlap - 5.696 at 241.67
4: Jim Murphy - 5.743 at 241.41
5: Terry Cox - 5.794 at 251.53
6: Ron August - 5.844 at 231.08
7: Rick Williamson - 5.878 at 223.10
8: Adam Sorokin - 5.900 at 202.12
9: David Hirata - 6.016 at 196.13
10: Denver Schutz - 6.088 at 211.39
11: Rick McGee - 6.609 at 147.04
12: Brendan Murry - 7.517 at 110.33
13: Dusty Green 13.897 at 68.21
#4 qualifier Murphy was to race
#11 Rick McGee but when they took the engine apart to fix the
damage from the broken lifter the crank looked good so they made
the decision to try and change out a camshaft. It was pretty
difficult because the roller was bent over and they couldn't
get it out of the lifter bore. They finally got it out and then
put another cam in the engine.
They got close and had the heads
on and were working on the rockers when they started to run first
round. They probably needed another 20 or 30 minutes to have
the car ready and just didn't make it. So what was looking like
a promising weekend ended when McGee made a single for the win.
Murphy and the team were understandably
disappointed but feel that they've turned a big corner in the
performance department and are anxious to get out again next
year starting with the March Meet.
Check out where Murphy
and the Team are racing next....
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