Racing Wins 2003 Governor's
Top Fuel Qualifying
on Saturday and after much drama, Jim Murphy took the win over
Bill Dunlap on a holeshot in the quickest side by side Nostalgia
Top Fuel race in history. Murphy's 5.83 @ 239 narrowly beat Dunlap's
quicker 5.81 @ 245. It was a thrilling cap on the most prestigious
race annually held at Sacramento Raceway - an event Murphy has
now won five times in his career.
1. Jim Murphy 5.925 @ 207.94
2. Pete Kaiser 6.071 @ 230.74
3. Bill Dunlap 6.074 @ 232.78
4. Brendan Murry 6.098 @ 217.25
5. Denver Schutz 6.120 @ 226.05
6. Lee Jennings 6.128 @ 233.41
7. Glenn Hutchison 6.151 @ 239.88
8. Howard Haight 6.282 @ 214.60
Due to the late hour the traditional
"winners circle" shot in front of the tower was canceled
and this impromptu gathering was staged in the OSH-WW2 Racing
trailer. The "Governors Cup" sits atop the engine.
What turned out
to be a excellent weekend for Murphy and the OSH-WW2 Racing team
started with this "easy" 6.07 (at just 197) run during
the first qualifying session on Friday evening.
night, the second qualifying session saw Murphy go low with the
only "five" of the day with another easy pass of 5.92
with a shut off early speed of just 207. This locked the # 1
spot and gave the team a tune up for race day.
Byrne guides Murphy into his tracks after the burnout.
In Round One
Saturday evening Murphy was paired with the always tough Howard
After this staging
shot, both cars left the starting line together but the race
was over early and Murphy streaked to a stellar 5.91 @ 247. Haight
smoked the tires and shut it off clocking a coasting 9.08 at
Here's a nice
three shot sequence showing how hard the OSH fueler left the
starting line against Haight.
Murphy heats up the tires
for round two.
In the semi finals Murphy faced
the potent Chevy powered car of Lee Jennings Sr. Jennings who
was back on the break rule for Denver Schutz. Jennings ran a
very strong 6.023 @ 240.56 in his first round loss to Bill Dunlap
so the OSH team couldn't take him lightly.
Murphy was out first as Jennings
blazed the tires at the hit. Jim went on to a shut off early
6.033 @ 205.81.
fueler sounded very strong on the burnout.
The final was
filled with drama and promised to be a good one if the repairs
on the Dunlap & Fuller car were done correctly. In the semi
finals Bill Dunlap won his race but had a major engine explosion
at the end. The car slid sideways and finally tipped over on
its side without touching a guardrail. The car sustained a lot
of damage but was repairable. With the help of other racers they
got the car back together but ran out of time to even start it
before coming to the line against Murphy. In a show a sportsmanship,
Murphy and the OSH-WW2 Racing crew gave the Fuller team extra
time to make the call as they wanted to race for the title and
not make a single run for the win.
The race itself
turned out to be one for the record books. Both cars left the
starting line extremely hard with the reaction time advantage
(holeshot) going to Murphy (0.507 to a 0.578). As it turned out
that would be the difference in the race as to everyone's surprise
the Dunlap & Fuller car ran a career best of 5.81 @ 245.
Winning by less than three feet, Murphy carded a stellar 5.83
@ 239. He won this one on the starting line! What an incredible
finish to a great event.
The crew celebrates
as they toss some of the very popular OSH-WW2 Racing T-shirts
to the screaming fans.