March 8-10, 2002
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Murphy - 5.81 @ 255!
Sequence of Record Run
After a full year of frustration and bad luck, Jim Murphy and
the WW2 Racing crew had it all come together at the 2002 March
Meet. With new Crew Chief Tim Beebe on board, the Orchard Supply
and Hardware sponsored fueler laid down a first round pass on
Sunday that raised the bar in Nostalgia Top Fuel a bunch. A whole
bunch! OSH-WW2 Racing wants that #1 back on their car and this
definitely serves notice that they're serious about it.
#5 with a very respectable 6.03, Murphy and crew did a routine
engine swap on Saturday night. During which they found some metal
shavings in the fuel system that were traced to a re-vamping
of the fuel tank. This gave the re-united duo of Beebe &
Murphy the clue they needed to tune the car for Sunday. Tune
it they did. First Round of Eliminations: 10:05 AM Sunday morning,
the OSH fueler made a run for the ages - picture perfect from
start to finish - 5.81 seconds at an astonishing 255 miles per
hour. No one on the property even questioned the times as everyone
knew they'd just witnessed history.
Mark Malde had the unenviable
task of facing Jim Murphy in round one. Not that it mattered
but Mark had all kinds of problems right off the line and ended
up in Murphy's lane about 400' out. By then Jim was long gone
on his incredible run and all Malde could do was look at his
chutes on the horizon. Come to think of it, maybe Mark just wanted
a better look at history?
Even though the
computer showed that Jim shut the car off 5.65 seconds into the
run, it was marching so hard that the rear tires are still squared
some 200 feet past the light.
To say the least, the OSH-METRINCH-WW2
crew was ecstatic following their stunning run. Here they are
on their way to pick up the car.
Crew Chief, Tim
Beebe does what he does best - finesse the fuel system. Jim Murphy
is more than elated to be reunited with his old partner as, "Tim
coming on board has made my plate manageable". A new trailer
(below) doesn't hurt either. Starting with a shell, the WW2 crew
outfitted this first class rig over the winter in their Santa
blast heard around the world, Team OSH-METRINCH didn't have a
lot of time to bask in the glory as they had to prepare the car
for round two of racing.
everything back together the "fine points" are tended
In the pits everyone
has a job and they do it very well. A Top Fuel crew must work
as a well oiled team in order to maintain the constant integrate
of the car and engine. Even a small mistake could be very costly.
out of the box 6.03 at just 216 qualifying run on Friday just
served notice of what Sunday would bring. Here's the chute coming
out before the lights. Up on the tires - not a whip of smoke
from the headers. Hummmm?
On Saturday the
OSH team just "played". This shut-off 6.16 in the first
of two sessions told them one thing, there was something wrong
in the fuel system and it was not anything obvious. Their 6.25
in the second session confirmed it. This prompted the Saturday
night thrash that revealed the aluminum shavings in the lines.
That fixed the rest is history.
short block is stored out of sight in the trailer until needed.
the short block is out, all the components are bolted on.
on Saturday it was decided to install a new engine for eliminations
on Sunday. Although this is a beautiful car when its together,
its not an attractive site during surgery.
Team OSH works
into the night to make sure everything is right for Sunday morning.
The record run dictates they didn't miss a thing.
The heart of
the car is its computer. After every run Tim Beebe downloads
the information and analyzes it so they'll know what changes
to make for the next run.
Without a doubt
one of the cleanest and best laid out trailers in the pits. The
new rig allows the team to perform their necessary tasks easier
Prior to every
run the car is warmed up in the pits. This not only puts heat
in the engine but also tells the team that there are no leaks
and that everything is functioning properly.
Wearing a seven
layer firesuit, on warm days sitting in the cockpit of a dragster
can be very uncomfortable. In such times Murphy has only the
comfort of a good old fashioned umbrella to block the direct
sun light. Here Jim waits for his second round match up with
Prior to every
run, Murphy does a "burnout" (smoking the tires in
water) which not only heats up the tires but the racing surface
Sequence of Record Run
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In the second
round, Murphy's Donovan broke a rocker arm 2 seconds into the
run, Gerry Steiner was able to catch and pass him for the win.
Jim banked a hundredth on the tree and was on his way to backing
up the 5.81 pass when the rocker broke. Jerry ripped off a stout
5.88 to Murphy's slowing 6.08. Look how close they are in the
lights (below) - NOT your basic 2+ tenths spread.