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Murphy Runner-Up in Top Fuel   

5th March Meet Win Remains Illusive

 

 

Bakersfield, CA - March 06, 2017:

The 59th edition of the fabled March Meet offered five days of racing with a mixed bag of weather conditions including a rain out on Sunday. The event was completed on Monday which found Jim Murphy and Mendy Fry in the Top Fuel Final.

Unfortunately, Murphy broke a fuel pump drive shaft on the burnout leaving Fry, in only her eighth pass in the High Speed Motorsports car, to single for the win.

In all Murphy and team WW2 Racing left the weekend disappointed about the final, but encouraged about the times the car put up over the event. Murphy is planning on running the complete Hot Rod Heritage schedule with the next stop being Bowling Green, KY in June.

Now enjoy WW2 Racing's 2017 March Meet in photos.

 

 

1st Qualifying Session

 

In the first of three qualifying sessions, Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry was paired with Rick McGee in the Tedford & McGee "Overtime Special".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy ran a blistering 5.724 at just 222.29 to go low for day one. McGee encountered problems and clicked it to a 6.662 at 137.67.

 

 

 

After Q1 the car went right back to the pit for routine maintenance. Here's some random shots of the process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim and crew chief Roland Leong discuss the data from the first run.

 

 

Warm it up, good to go.

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Qualifying Session

Due to several funny car oil downs the Top Fuel cars were left in the dark, literally. Some took a shot at a very cool track but there was not a lot of shuffling. As for Murphy, the car was pulled out of line due to the cold track temp.

 

 

3rd Qualifying Session - Saturday

 

For the third and last session Murphy was once again paired with Rick McGee.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy had the chutes out before the first timing light and carded a 5.92 at 198.40 while McGee started eating pistons at the 1000' mark and slowed to a 5.95 at 197.51. Murphy didn't improve and ended up #2 behind Tony Bartone.

 

 

 

Round One of Eliminations

 

On a cool Sunday morning, the call for Top Fuel brought the SRO crowd to their seats. Ironically Murphy once again had McGee in the other lane only this time it was for real.

 

 

 

 

 

After trying several different fuel injectors over the years, Murphy has settled with this rare Enderle system that nobody else uses.

 

Leong moved Murphy into the staging beams.

 

 

 

 

Both cars left pretty much together with Murphy having the better numbers down low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy won handily carding a nice 5.71 at 243.37. McGee slowed to a 7.22 at 117.23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round Two of Eliminations

 

Leong sizing up the track.

 

First pair out to set the final was Jim Murphy and Bret Williamson.

 

 

 

 

Murphy was away first and Williamson went into tire smoke before the rear tires crossed the start line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy moved into the finals with a 5.78 at just 220.76. However, the final would have to wait until Monday as rain halted racing for Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After rain halted the finals on Sunday it was left to Monday to write the final chapter of the 2017 March Meet. The Top Fuel final was scheduled for 11:30 so the guys got the car ready to warm up about a hour prior to that. Murphy mixed the nitro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Fuel Final

 

In the Top Fuel final it was Jim Murphy who was seeking his elusive fifth March Meet title against Mendy Fry who was shooting for her first major win, period.

 

 

 

 

Once again #5 was denied when Murphy's throttle stop failed on the burnout allowing the engine to go like 11,000 rpm. As a result, the fuel pump drive broke rendering his engine DOA.

 

 

 

As his crew pushed Murphy back, Fry got the one finger from the starter meaning she would have a single.

 

 

 

 

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