The final pair for Sunday's first
round was a classic David and Goliath matching #1 Jim Murphy
and #9 Phil Ruskowski who got in on the break rule when Brendan
Murry could not repair his engine.
left first by a city block and never looked back.
In a cake walk, Murphy moved
onto the semis with a 5.746 at 226.62 giving Sorokin lane choice.
- Round Two
First pair to see who would go
to the final was Jim Murphy and Adam Sorokin. Four of the fastest
NTF cars in the country were about to see who would go for the
gold. Murphy had already defeated Sorokin for the rain delayed
Boise Nightfire Nationals final on Saturday. Sorokin was looking
for a little revenge.
No surprise, Sorokin was out
first with a 0.056 RT while Murphy's 0.111 would make this a
very close drag race.
Murphy used up an engine catching
Sorokin, but catch him he did. His 5.604 at 246.08 compared to
Sorokin's 5.724 at 241.37 was oh so close. Murphy's MOV: 0.0650
seconds (approximately 23 feet).
Murphy won the battle but lost
the war. An oil-in and a brush with the wall spoiled a possible
trifecta. He had won the Boise final, won the 2017 NTF Championship
but would not have a shot at winning the meet. In the next race,
Jim Young beat Mendy Fry to earn the single to the final.
Although it would have been a
battle royale if Murphy and Young had met in the final, at the
end of the day Jim and his WW2 Racing teem were the Top Fuel
Champions. And, as champions, they rightfully celebrated.
The Championship was official
with the presentation of the big Wally, jacket and hat during
the 2017 NHRA World Finals at Pomona.
Jim Murphy vowed during the winter
of 2017 that he and his team were going after the championship.
They attended all of the points races traveling to 3 different
states outside of California. It was an investment of time, money,
heart and soul. The 2018 season is still in the planning stage
but whatever Jim derides, he will always be the 2017 Champion,
job well done.
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