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