- ELIMINATIONS ROUND ONE
Pair three of session one was
#2 qualifier Jim Murphy vs #10 Julius Hughes who was in on the
break rule for Dave Miller.
Both drivers left together,
Murphy carding strong early numbers.
In this case the paper proved
to be foretelling as the Murphy train lengthened the lead over
Hughes for a 5.723 at 245.72 win light,
The first pair out for the semis
had huge points implications pitting Mendy Fry, the leader and
Jim Murphy sitting in the #2 position. It was also a rematch
of the 2017 March Meet final that was taken by Fry when Murphy
broke on the burnout.
Murphy got a slight jump
off the line and never looked back.
Murphy got there first with a
5.730 at 240.08 while Fry was right there with a game 5.817 at
a big mph, 260.21. A rubber match is more than possible at Boise
Back to the pit to get
it serviced for the fianl.
TOP FUEL FINAL
The final featured a pair of
Jim's, Murphy and Young, the #1 & #2 qualifiers. Both driving
Neal & Parks race cars, One a seasoned vet, the other a young
gun. West coast fans for Murphy, East coast fans for Young. Oh,
and both cars are green. A perfect match up.
As pre arranged, Young
did his burnout first.
Young left first but
it was short lived.
Murphy, who was the most consistent
Top Fuel car all weekend, ran another 5.713 at 257.33 (his best
speed of the meet). Young gave it a shot with a 5.920 at 253.56.
Could have used his 5.61 qualifying time.
Murphy not only took the long
overdue win but also overcame Fry for the points lead. Gonna
be a fun season.
We'll close with some
candid Winners Circle.
National Hot Rod Reunion - Qualifying
2017 Championship Chase Races
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