Jim Murphy and
Team WW2 made their second trip of the season to the famed Famoso
drag strip with high hopes and lofty goals. A second round loss
to eventual winner, Jack Harris dashed both. Nonetheless, the
team was pleased with their #4 qualifying effort and first round
Friday was slow
paced and casual. As the crew tinkers with the car, Jim Murphy
enjoys a good laugh (or was just embarrassed). Unlike the high
stakes, million dollar NHRA fuelers, the nostalgia Top Fuel cars
are somewhat affordable and everybody has fun.
This first qualifying
attempt was less than perfect as the car lifted the front wheels
skyward and smoked the tires.
up the tires prior to his 2nd qualifying attempt. Since the CHRR
is more of a "happening" than a race, the fuelers only
got two chances to qualify -- both on Saturday. Since the first
run was less than acceptable, the team not only had to qualify
here, but race Rance McDaniel for the #1 spot on the Nitronic
Top Fuel List. The good news is they did qualify solidly, the
bad news was Jim couldn't outrun the Champion Speed Shop car
and remains #3 on "The List".
Team WW2 waits for the signal
to fire the car for first round of Top Fuel on Sunday morning.
Murphy defeated Lee Jennings in this frame.
Murphy just starts
his burnout prior to his round two race with the "Nitro
Thunder" car of Jack Harris. Harris got the lead at mid
track and never gave it up beating the WW2 car with a strong
6.19 to a losing 6.34. Both cars ran 226 mph.
After their disappointing
loss in round 2, the team found a fuel problem that caused the
engine to run rich. As Murphy put it, "Yea we got something
wrong with the old girl (she's real rich) the plugs look like
they came out of the tow truck, but we'll get it back sooner
You can bet it
will be sooner than later as the team prepares for the last race
of the year October 28-29 in Las Vegas. It will not only be the
last race, but Murphy's last chance to regain the Goodguys points
he needs to repeat as Top Fuel World Champion.