MURPHY SCORES IN TOP
Takes Over Points Lead
Kentucky - June 18, 2017:
15th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion was a stellar Top
Fuel field featuring the quickest and fastest fuelers in the
world. At the end of the day, Jim Murphy grabbed a long anticipated
NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel event win at the with a 5.71 ET
at 257 MPH over opponent Jim Young who posted 5.92 ET at 253
MPH. Murphy welcomed the victory after climbing to five consecutive
Nostalgia Top Fuel final rounds marked by unfortunate flukes.
Weve had a dry spell for a couple of years, so this
feels really good. Its nice to get the monkey off my back,
the Roland Leong-tuned WW2 front engine Top Fuel dragster with
remarkably consistent power and speed throughout the 8-car Eliminations
battle, posting a 5.72 ET at 245 MPH Round One win over Julius
Hughes in his Atlanta Speed Shop fueler and a 5.73 ET at 240
MPH Semi-Final clincher over March Meet winner Mendy Fry, who
footed the High Speed Motorsports dragster to a 5.81 ET at 260.21
MPH against Murphy in a tight race that had the capacity crowd
Final round opponent
Jim Young set low ET and Top Speed of the event with 5.61-seconds
and 260.36 MPH and he moved up the Eliminations ladder over Tyler
Hilton in the Great Expectations III and Tony Bartone in the
Semi-Final while fighting tire shake so severe that it warped
sections of the Young Guns dragster body. The Wisconsin-based
Young was shaken but unbowed. Were making good horsepower,
now I just have to get it down the track. I wish we could have
sealed the deal, but we had a good outing, said Young.
Jim Murphy and
the WW2 team were last victorious at Bowling Green in 2013 and
took the points Championship the same year. His win at the 15th
Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway
in Bowling Green, Kentucky capped a weekend of blazing Top Fuel
racing action that puts the California-based Murphy as current
points leader moving into the 3rd race of the 5-race 2017 NHRA
Hot Rod Heritage Series Top Fuel Championship.
Jim Murphy, Roland Leong,
Daniel Wilkison and the rest of the WW2 Racing
team were all smiles after a long anticipated National Event
Like everybody else,
all Murphy and crew could do was wait the weather out.
Top Fuel Qualifying
If you've ever been to a NHRR
at Bowling Green you know the odds are very high that you'll
see some rain during the weekend. This year it all hit on Thursday
postponing any track time to late afternoon.
The first session of Top Fuel
qualifying went off after 9 pm. Pair four pitted the winner and
runner-up of the 2017 March Meet. Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing
entry and Mendy Fry in the potent High Speed Motorsports fueler.
Murphy went to the #2 spot with
a slowing 6.013 at 192.58 while Fry shut off early as well carding
a 7.018 at 158.02.
FRIDAY - Top Fuel
Qualifying Session 2
Friday proved to be rain free
but hot and humid. First out for session two was Jason Greenwood
on a single. The final pair of the second session pitted two
of the big dogs, Jim Murphy and the reigning Hot Rod Heritage
Racing Series champion, Tony Bartone who passed on the Friday
Murphy got there first with a
solid 5.692 at 239.61 putting him in the #2 spot. Bartone carded
a 5.756 at 243.68.
FRIDAY - TOP FUEL
Session three was the Big Dog
redux from Q2. Tony Bartone and Jim Murphy pair up in what many
saw as a possible preview of a final round match up.
Bartone improved a tad with a
5.727 at 238.34 which was hardly the back breaking numbers we're
used to seeing from the Champ. Murphy clicked it way early to
a 6.372 at just 166.58 but remained #2 with his previous 5.692.