CA - 10/23/17: Jim Murphy
and his "best ever" WW2 Racing team set out at the
March Meet to win the championship. Five races in 4 states later,
Murphy came into
the weekend leading the points over Mendy Fry and Adam Sorokin
in Nostalgia Top Fuel. He first won the postponed Firebird Raceway
Nightfire Nationals final round on Saturday to extend his points
lead. In Sunday's California Hot Rod Reunion eliminations he
again beat out Sorokin in the semifinals to seal up his second
championship. Fry lost to event winner Jim Young in the semifinals
to secure the number two spot in the championship.
Both Murphy and Fry won their
first round of racing on Sunday as did Sorokin and Jim Young.
This left the four best cars in the country to dictate the champion.
If Sorokin beats Murphy and Fry beats Young, the title would
go to the winner of the final. If Fry won she would be the champ.
However, none of this happened.
In the semis, Murphy got the
best of Sorokin again. Although Adam grabbed a hunk on the tree
his 5.724 at 241.37 was not enough to keep Jim's 5.604 at 246.08
from running him down. Murphy's MOV: 0.0650 seconds (approximately
At that point is was over, we
had a champion. However, on the run Murphy suffered an oil in
and scraped the left guardwall, damaging the left front suspension
and canard. Although they had another engine, Mushy and Leong
decided to err on the the side of caution and not run the final.
Jim had won the war, but lost this battle.
That still left Jim Young and
Mendy Fry to see who would single for the event win. In another
great drag race Young left first and needed it. His 5.653 at
261.78 held off Fry's quicker and faster 5.638 at 260.66. Young's
MOV: 0.0240 seconds (approximately 9 feet). He would single for
the win although we know he would have given Murphy one hell
of a race.
the season with two wins in four final rounds taking wins in
Bowling Green, Ky., and at the Nightfire in Boise, Idaho, along
with final round finishes at the season opening March Meet and
the California reunion to close out the year.
After an endless Funny Car session
that featured 6 oil downs, After over 2 hours in the staging
lanes, at 5:30 the TF cars were finally pulled out to run. The
track had cooled down with left conditions less than desireable.
Next to last pair of the session
was points leader Jim Murphy who came into the weekend with a
heavy heart after his home town of Santa Rosa, CA. suffered a
series of devastating and deadly wild fires just 2 weeks prior.
Murphy, a general contractor, lost over 40 residential and and
business properties he was involved in. Those included 3 of his
associate's homes. This also leaves Murphy's plans for racing
next year in limbo.
In the other lane was the only
true SBC car in the class of Phil Ruskowski who came down from
Victoria, BC, in his Total Machine sponsored car.
Murphy had a stong leave
but it was shortlived.
The tune-up was too aggressive
for the track conditions and Murphy went up in smoke before the
Murphy shut it off and
Nitro Saturday opened up with
the second session of Top Fuel qualifying pairing Jim Muprhy
and Tyler Hilton; both smoked the tires in Q1.
At the expense of several pistons,
Murphy ran a 5.70 at 220.84 which was good for the #1 spot for
Between sessions the
crew replaced the burned pistons and did routine maintainace.
The final session went off late
afternoon and the last pair featured two heavy hitters, Jim Murphy
and Adam Sorokin. This was the final round of the rained out
2017 Boise Night Fire Nationals to decide the Top Fuel champion
of that race. This had major points implications. If Murphy won
he would have a 27 point lead, if not he would stay just 7 points
ahead of Mendy Fry.
Murphy unloaded a solid
to secure the #! qualifying spot.
Page Two, Eliminations
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1. Jim Murphy
5.651 @ 249.30
2. Mendy Fry 5.660 @ 224.47
3. Jim Young 5.673 @ 255.24
4. Adam Sorokin 5.742 @ 243.06
5. Pete Wittenberg 5.906 @ 205.01
6. Rick McGee 6.031 @ 199.76
7. Bret Williamson 6.179 @ 175.34
8. Brendan Murry 6.656 @ 153.89
Not Qualified ------------
9. Phil Ruskowski
6.756 @ 178.90
10. Tyler Hilton 8.053 @ 159.59