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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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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and the Team are racing next....
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