Dominates Field - Scores "Hat Trick"
Murphy and the OSH-WW2 Racing team put it all together in Sacramento.
At the final Pro Nitro Series race of the year, Murphy set Low
ET (5.87) and Top Speed (252) of the meet and won Top Fuel Eliminator.
To top it off, they also captured the Drive Magazine Race Series
2002 Points Championship. Towards the end of a season with record
breaking performances punctuated with "gremlins", this
was a huge win.
Final Top Fuel Qualifying
1. Jim Murphy 5.88 @ 252
2. Glenn Hutchenson 6.02
3. Bill Dunlap 6.02
4. Lee Jennings 6.07
5. John Shoemaker 6.12
6. Brendan Murry 6.13
7. Mark Malde 6.13
8. Rich Howell 6.18
As the sun sets,
Murphy heats the tires prior to a perfect leave in route to a
5.88 which was good for the # 1 qualifying position. Great start
and the OSH-WW2 Racing fueler never looked back all weekend.
At the end of
the run Murphy had the back of the chassis pull off when the
parachutes were deployed, rendering them useless. Thankfully
Sacramento has a long shut down area and the car was equipt with
carbon fiber disc brakes that did their job. The car was repaired
Saturday night and ready for eliminations on Sunday.
In Top Fuel,
first pair up, Jim Murphy in the repaired WW2, up against alternate,
Howard Haight in Butch Blair's "Fugowie". Murphy wastes
no time in disposing of Haight, setting Low ET of the event at
5.879 seconds at only 234.99 MPH.
Murphy does his burnout prior
to round two which would be THE race of the entire weekend.
the best race that this reporter has witnessed - maybe EVER!
When you've got a couple have seasoned veterans like Jim Murphy
and Bill Dunlap, basically toss a coin! In this race they pair
left a starting line together and stayed that way for 1320 feet.
Incredible as Jim Murphy and the WW2 teams win light came on
with times of 5.89 @ 245 mph to Dunlap matching time of 5.892
@ 234 mph. When talking to both drivers neither knew right away
who had won. I believe that this was the quickest side by side
in Classic Top Fuel History!
Jim Murphy was all smiles. When you run the board, what else
can you do but enjoy the moment.
Unlike many of
the previous races this year, the OSH-WW2 Racing pits were basically
in maintenance mode all weekend. No parts breakage - just getting
ready for the next round.
Another hot and
sunny California day brought out Cheryl Grisel with the umbrella
to keep some of the heat off of the firesuit clad Jim Murphy.
After the historic
round two race, the Top Fuel final found Brendan Murry with his
work cut out for him, as Jim Murphy's slowest run of the weekend
was a 5.89. Brendan's all time low ET is only a 6.06. It's Chevy
vs. Chrysler, and no holds barred. Murry got a slight lead and
it was a good drag race to about the 900' mark where that Ron
Rapadas and Tim Beebe horsepower took control. Murphy takes the
win with his slowest ET of the weekend, a 5.953 @ a slow (for
Murphy, at least) 232.68. Murry cards a 6.349 @ 217.89. Kudos
to Brendan for making the final...he's worked VERY hard to get
here. And so has all his crew. And more so for Jim Murphy and
the OSH-WW2 Racing team. After spending the mid-season hunting
gremlins that wouldn't let the WW2 get past 900 feet without
catastrophic engine failure, the WW2 brain trust found something...and
an all 5 second weekend is the result!
This says it all!
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