Murphy Goes to Semi-Finals, Moves up in Points

 

 

Bowling Green, KY 06.17.2019:

After racing at Cordova, Illinois two weeks earlier, Jim Murphy and crew flew back to collect the stored race car and head down to Bowling Green, KY. For the 2019 NHRA Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance. It was the second leg in Murphy's run at the 2019 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel Championship.

The event roared to life with an action packed Thursday featuring classic cars, nostalgic quarter-mile drag racing, and legends of the sport at Beech Bend Raceway Park. The three-day event paid tribute to the love affair America has with the car culture and celebrates the passion of the owners and their machines.

"It was a very successful event for racers and fans alike," said Larry Fisher, executive director of the NHRA Motorsports Museum. "We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was a picture-perfect backdrop for hundreds of beautiful hot rods and super-fast race cars." Adding to Fisher's remarks, the NHRR is notorious for its hot, humid and often rainy weather. For the first time in memory this weekend was described by all as nice, comfortable and of course, unusual.

Racing action ignited the senses as drivers in 16 different categories raced side-by-side for two days of qualifying leading to Saturday eliminations.

Now enjoy WW2 Racing's 2019 March Meet in photos.

 

 

QUALIFYING SESSION ONE

 

Qualifying began on Thursday and Jim Murphy was in the fourth pair of session one. In the other lane was Julius Hughes from Gainesville GA, in the Atlanta Speed Shop fueler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Wilkison makes final adjustments before sending Jim up to stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hughes gave up early, Murphy logged a nice baseline run of 5.875 at 219.22.

 

 

 

QUALIFYING SESSION THREE

An impromptu 2nd Thursday night nitro qualifying session was added in and Murphy decided to sit out in order to focus on race day conditions he'd see in session three on Saturday.

 

On a beautiful Friday afternoon session three was opened by Jim Murphy and Jim Young.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy over powered the track and blazed the tires before the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUALIFYING SESSION FOUR

 

 

Murphy wrapped up qualifying with Tim Cullinan in the other lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy jumped up to the #3 spot with a solid 5.733 at 246.66. Cullinan hurt a part or ten and remained #7.

 

 

 

ELIMINATIONS ROUND ONE

 

The NHRR is different from the CHRR in several ways one being it wraps up on a Saturday instead of Sunday. Following the National Anthem Jim Murphy got ready for battle.

 

 

 

 

Murphy's first round opponent Joey Haas was unable to make the call and that left Jim with a bye run to move on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoping they got the data needed, Murphy shut off early to a 6.456 at 158.99.

 

 

 

SEMI-FINAL

 

Murphy contemplating his second round match-up with Jim Young.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crew that makes it happen; Karl Scheele (kneeling), Mike Irvin, Keith Scollay, Cameron Salsedo and Daniel Wilkison

 

 

Murphy left first leaving Young to catch him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By half track Young was pulling away.

 

 

At the wire it was Young moving on to the final.

 

 

 

SUMMARY: June was a busy month for Jim Murphy and his WW2 Racing team. It opened with the long tow to Cordova International Raceway in Cordova, IL for a June 1st race featuring the top Nostalgia Top Fuel cars in the country. Two weeks later it was back to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY. for the NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion which also featured the best of the best.

Both events resulted in positive results for Murphy who stated, "I feel we are getting our arms around the car as it's no longer hurting parts and starting to run consistently."

Murphy qualified #3 and went to the semi-finals at both events. The times were in the low to mid 5.70 range all on the same engine. Murphy added, "I feel the motor is making good power as we are running 210 to 213 MPH at the eighth. On one run I shut it off just pass the 1100 ft. mark and it ran 246."

In retrospect, Murphy and partner Daniel Wilkison agree they were much too conservative with both the percentage of nitro, mag timing and clutch weight on most of the runs they made, especially in Bowling Green on Saturday.

With two races down and four to go, Murphy realizes that to stay in the championship chase he must get more aggressive in his tune-up and driving. "Shutting of early is not going to win races", states Murphy.

Murphy again thanks his loyal sponsors who make this endeavor possible.

 

 

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