In the first session on Friday
Jim Murphy was paired with Bill Dunlap in the High Speed Motorsports
Murphy was on a good
pass until he got out of the groove and was forced to lift.
Due to the lack of light and
photographers, there are not a lot of shots from this session.
Murphy was paired with Rick Williamson.
Murphy carded a 5.950
third and final session Murphy was paired with Rick McGee.
Murphy stepped up with a 5.764
at 254.33 while McGee's 5.890 at 233.48 did not make the show.
One of Eliminations
Following a brief shower Sunday
morning, the call for Top Fuel brought the SRO crowd to the seats.
Jim Murphy drew Bill Dunlap in what would turn out to be most
eventful, and scary.
Both cars left together.
Dunlap a slight lead
at the 1000' mark but that's where his problems began.
It seems that the tri-drive belt
that drives both the fuel and oil pumps started shredding earlier
in the run. With the fuel pump not putting enough fuel in the
engine it leaned out burnt all the pistons and that pumped the
pan pressure until it blew the front of the left rocker cover
gasket out oiling Dunlap to the the point he was flying blind.
Murphy took the win with a 5.778
at 238.76 to Dunlap's 5.789 at 225.37. Murphy with the starting
line advantage and the win. Murphy's MOV: 0.0380 seconds (approximately
In spite of doing the best he
could to keep the car in his lane he was drifting to the right
while Murphy was drifting to the left.
Dunlap's right front tire rode
up the back of Murphy's left rear tire. At that point it was
just hang on.
The bottom line was nobody was
hurt, Dunlap was really mad at himself (that's what drivers do)
and with virtually no damage to this car, Murphy was able to
make the call for round two.
- Round Two
First pair out for round
two was Jim Murphy and Adam Sorokin.
The look on Roland Leong's face
says it all. Murphy went red and Sorokin got the win.
Murphy's miscue came at a great
time for Sorokin who once again went into a power wheelstand
and had to pedal big time.
Sorokin's 6.824 at 218.51
was not impressive but good enough to get to the final.
A dejected Murphy thinking he
just found another way to let his elusive 5th March Meet win
Check out where Murphy
and the Team are racing next....
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