Leading off, a few candid shots
from Friday afternoon when the team was waiting for the first
The third pair of the first of
three qualifying sessions would be a classic final round match
up at any drag race. 76 year old Jim Murphy out of Santa Rosa,
CA, in his "WW2 Racing" entry up against newly crowned
2019 Top Fuel Champion Mendy Fry from Los Angeles driving the
High Speed Motorsports car.
Wilkison made the final
adjustments to the fuel system.
Murphy cane out of the box with
a solid 5.730 at 247.07 which was good for #2 for the day. Fry
grabbed the #1 spot with a 5.595 at just 237.42.
For Q2 Murphy was paired
with rookie Frank McBee Jr. out for his first Top Fuel event.
Murphy's aggressive launch
didn't last long and he lit up the tires before the tree.
Murphy coasted through
already planning for session 3.
For the third and final
session Murphy had Tyler Hilton in the other lane.
Murphy wrapped up qualifying
with Tim Cullinan in the other lane.
Murphy laid down a 5.98 at 235.19.
His Q1 5.730 at 247.07 ended up #3 going into Sunday. Hilton's
6.17 at 173.12 did not improve on his 5.982 but that wasn't enough
to make the 8 car show.
Murphy was matched with
Rick McGee to see who would advance to round two.
McGee left first putting
.050 in his bank but he didn't need it.
As McGee was getting
a clean trip, Murphy started smoking the tires before the tree.
Murphy admitted that 15 grams
added to the clutch was too much. After spending most of the
season getting the engine "happy", Murphy and Wilkison
are doing a full-on clutch program over the winter.
That warps a season that didn't
go as we hoped but we will go into 2020 older and wiser once
again committed to do what needs to be done to win a 5th championship.
We want to thank all our sponsors, family and fans who supported
our efforts and promise to do better next year. Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year from Jim Murphy and WW2 Racing.
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