low ET of the meet (6.04) in round one it looked like WW2 Racing
was ready for an unprecedented 3rd March Meet Top Fuel title.
All went according to plan until the final round when, as Jim
tells it, they lost their edge. "As it turns out, in the
final against Ground Zero, the # 7 port was loose and came completely
off about one hundred feet into the run. At that point the nozzle
fell out and that cylinder quit running. The fuel is what also
cracked the windshield and it sure didn't help us run any quicker."
Not making excuses,
but logic would dictate that the race would have been even closer
had Murphy's hemi run on all 8 cylinders. It's the bane of drag
racing, the failure of an inexpensive part at the worst possible