ready for battle Sunday morning
The first round of Top Fuel went
off after the opening ceremonies. Murphy was paired with Rick
Both drivers left together,
Murphy had great early numbers.
It was all Murphy and his 5.629
at 254.57 earned him a date with Bill Dunlap in the semis.
Fuel Round 2
The semi-finals found two quality
cars squaring off to see who would go to the final. Murphy and
Bill Dunlap in the High Speed Motorsports car. These are the
two oldest drivers in NTF.
Murphy got a full tenth
on the tree leaving Dunlap to play catch up.
In the traps, try as he did,
Dunlap could not overcome the early deficit. Murphy carded a
5.642 at 245.18 holeshot win. Dunlap ran the quickest pass in
High Speed Motorsports history, a 5.617 at 257.63 but it wasn't
enough. Murphy's MOV: 0.0660 seconds (approximately 20 feet).
The Top Fuel final pitted the
two quickest cars in the field, the #1 & #2 qualifiers. Jim
Murphy and Tony Bartone and this one was for all the marbles.
Who ever won would capture not
only the CHRR title but also the 1916 Top Fuel Championship.
Bartone got a starting
line advantage and went on to an easy win.
Murphy experienced a broken fuel
line at the hit that showered him in nitro (see photos) and as
it got worse he was forced to shut off.
At the end of the day Jim Murphy,
Roland Leong and Dan Wilkison along with the WW2 Racing team
were excited that the car is now competitive with anyone and
the parts attrition is down. It was a good year overall and they
just missed the championship.
Already looking forward to the
2017 March Meet. Until then Jim would like to thank all the fans
that keep an old guy coming back for more of what he loves to
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