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Murphy Goes to the CHRR 3rd in Points

 

 

Tulsa, OK. (Sept 21, 2019) – The 2019 Osage Nitro Nationals is in the books and although it featured abbreviated nitro fields, the top Heritage Series points players were on hand. In Top Fuel it was Adam Sorokin and Jim Murphy in a last ditch effort to stop the Juggernaut known as High Speed Motorsports and defending champion, Mendy who has only lost 2 races in the last two years. Valiant and expensive efforts aside, Murphy went out in round one and Sorokin was once again the runner-up to who is now a two time champ, Mendy Fry.

For WW2 Racing it was another eventful and and disappointing outing. After a test half-pass on Friday Murphy was confident that the car was ready for the first qualifying session that night. Well, that thought went out the window when the car smoked the tires by the christmas tree.

The second and last qualifying session was on Saturday where there was good news and bad news. The car didn't smoke the tires, good news. Murphy was on a strong pass, until he wasn't. At the thousand foot mark the engine burnt the #3 piston and banged the blower slowing him to a 6.03 at 195.97, bad news.

With eliminations just hours away the team had to thrash to repair the damage Making it up to the starting line with no time to spare Murphy made a crucial mistake. His snake bit season continued when in the rush to make the call Murphy didn't tighten the strap on his helmet. He was safely ahead at half track when the helmet started climbing up over his eyes and when he could no longer see, he was forced to shut off allowing his opponent to rush by going into the lights.

This season has given Murphy's Law a whole new meaning for Jim, Daniel and the team. On the long trip home Murphy resolved to make the last race of the year his best race. The championship has been decided, Jim will likely stay #3 in points, but they know they're better than shown and plan to prove it in Bakersfield at the 2019 California Hot Rod Reunion October 25-27.

For now enjoy WW2 Racing's 2019 Tulsa Nitro Nationals in photos.


 

The nitro cars were given a time slot to make a tune-up pass on Friday and four cars took advantage including Murphy who made his first warm-ups of the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the call went out, the WW2 Racing top fuel dragster was ready to rumble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Q1 Murphy was paired with Paul Schultz in the Spirit of Tulsa fueler.

 

 

 

 

 

Schultz launched before the tree was activated which resulted in no time.

 

 

 

Murphy went up in smoke by the tree.

 

 

 

The second and last qualifying session paired Murphy with Adam Sorokin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy was on a strong pass, until he wasn't. At the thousand foot mark the green car burnt the #3 piston and banged the blower slowing him to a 6.03 at 195.97. Sorokin shut off early to a 5.96 at 207.53 but his Q1 5.91 at 210 was good for for #2.

 

 

 

 

Following the opening ceremonies the first pair to fire was Jim Murphy and Tyler Hilton. After his Q2 blower explosion Murphy et al really had to thrash to make the call, which they barely did..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilton grabbed .30 on the tree but Murphy soon reeled him in.

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy's snake bit season continued. In the rush to make the call Murphy didn't tighten the strap on his helmet. He was well ahead at half track when the helmet climbed up over his eyes and he couldn't see, thus he shut off allowing Hilton to rush by.

 

 

 

As soon as the car was home and in its shop it was all hands on deck.

 

 

 

Jim is a hands on owner/driver who leads by example.

 

 

 

Daniel Wilkison overseeing all things important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Locked and loaded for the CHRR

 

 

Check out where Murphy and the Team are racing next....
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