The first car
on the track was Jim Murphy in his NTF car. Jim and his WW2 Racing
team were on a mission testing new parts/ideas. They made several
shots over the weekend.
Another Top Fuel
car out testing for the upcoming CHRR was High Speed Motorsports
with Bill Dunlap in the seat.
Wood out of Fresno
Jimmy Morosan in
Chuck Bayuks car.
Ruckman testing his Big Show Alcohol Funny Car.
Thompson in his Jailbreak was the first NFC to test the hot track.
in his Burnin' Money entry.
Overholser in the California Hustler.
Watkins in Thunderstruck
TAFC shoe Shane
Westerfield, who was upgrading his license in the Worsham Big
Show car, was a no-show on Friday, so Del took the seat for a
330 squirt on Friday afternoon.
Melynda Burbages Camaro
pm Murphy came back for his second squirt of the day.
Big Show Alcohol Funny Car testing was Mike Drake.
in the new "Beachcomber" Cuda.
and Harley overseeing the pits.
You take a large
container, construct an enclosure on top of it and you have a
new timing tower. This will give the announcers and track officials
a much better view of the entire track and staging lanes. Its
due to be race ready by the CHRR in October. (note- actually
it is a pair of containers in tandem, side by side)
One of the great
features of the Saturday Night Nitro events is all the other
nitro teams doing test and tune runs. Terry Cox made a heat of
the day pass of 5.94 at 241 with Gary Ormsby Jr and Gary Beck
helping back the car up! Ron August had an anxious moment when
the cowl popped up just off the line in the Mike Fuller entry,but
he got it shut down safely. The always colorful Adam Sorokin
looked good with passes of 5.88 and 5.99 shutting off early in
the sleek Champion Speed Shop car. Rick Williamson had a nice
5.81 at 242 and a 5.89 252 to his credit. Dusty Green was in
the Circuit Breaker and hit an afternoon 6.32 at 153 shutting
off way early. Bill Dunlap ran a 5.89 at 213, and Rick White
ran a 5.90 248. With Frank Ousley assisting, Jim Murphy clocked
a 5.93 at 234, and Rick McGee shook down the new Tedford-McGee
car to a 6.18 at 193.
the debut of the new Tedford & McGee fueler with Rick McGee
in the seat. Here is its brief history as told by Darrell Tedford.
was built by Dave Uyehara in 2010 for Bartone. After a few hits
and one race (Boise) Tony didn't like the car, ill handling he
said. I fixed that problem. I think when they painted the car
they switched the mounting brackets on the front wing. After
we got it home I was lookin at it from the back end and thought,
the front wing looked OFF. Sure enough, I put a tape from the
motor plate forward and Voila, a full inch off. I switched the
mounts from side to side and it came in straight. BIG SMILE.
It also had slip tubes on the bottom frame rails ( I welded them
up ) and put more tubing in the floor K member, from the motor
plate back. I also took some of the diagonals out of it plus
3 bays up front.
I told Rick I
think this car will steer a little quicker than the old car,
sure enough it dose. The second pass it went straight as a string.
Rick really likes it . We still need to paint it, can't afford
it right now so it'll be black for a while."
Next out was
top fuelers a pair. Jim Murphy and Bill Dunlap. With only one
photog, its hard to get both cars.
up Saturday and made the three run attempts this day. First was
at 12:30PM (shown here), second try was at 3:45 but they were
shut off at the line due to a leak and then the third attempt
Oberg in the Holy Toledo Jeep for his first test.
Williamson was on hand in Mike and Kathy Craig's Top Fuel car.
everybody, the Fitzgerald and Bennett AA/FA. Jeff Bennett clocked
a 7.60 in this new Pure Heaven, but a 'mysterious lean condition'
forced an evening shut off on the line.
Yet another Top
Fuel car getting ready for the CHRR was Adam Sorokin in the Champion
Speed Shop entry of Bob McLennan.
Ron August trying
some changes in the Mike Fuller "Forever Young" entry.
There were more Top Fuel cars here testing than went through
the gates of the New England Hot Rod Reunion.
Rick Rogers in
the Fighting Irish Camaro and Rian Konno in the Kazanjian Lemon
Konno Mustang got their test runs in.
had a bit of a problem backing up the Beachcomber.
Thompson took another swing.
Mike Smith in
his Crower sponsored digger. Rumor has it that Eily Stafford
will be the new shoe in that car (formerly with Gruzen, Bayuk
before that). Eily did backup girl duties at this SNN .
Townsend for his first test run.
was back for his third shot.
Cox in the Cheetah IV got some track time.
again with Donny Couch looking on.
and Williamson paired up.
was just for fun, it was one hell of a drag race. The match with
was won by Adam by 3/10,000 of a second.
slower 5.88 at 205.76 nipped Williamson's 5.81 at 242.15.
With the relentless
sun starting to set, Dusty Green in Bob Richardson's "Circuit
McGee, second run on new car.
This is Alcohol
Funny Car standout Shane Westerfield upgrading his license in
Chuck Worsham's Big Show nitro car. He made this pass about 7:45
with some beautiful tall torches the entire way to a 5.26 at
in the "Heatseeker" AA/FA.
Evening - All Run For Spot in Quick 8
was Test & Tune with a few fuel cars running in the afternoon.
All-run Funny Car qualifying began around 8:15 PM. The fast 8
then were slated to run at 10PM, but with delays, it started
around 10:40PM. There were test runs by TF and FC's interspersed
with, everybody loves a parade. Donny Couch and Mike English
doing the intros.
The first pair
out was Donnie Watkins in the Thunderstruck Arrow alongside Rick
Rogers in the Fighting Irish Camaro.
to have problems staging,and left before the green,not receiving
a time, while Rogers, possibly distracted, also shut off early
to a 9.17 at 111.
Next up was Alex
Miladinovich in the Hot 4 Teacher Mustang and Rian Konno in the
to a solid 5.97 at 240, while Alex,out of the seat for a bit,hit
a eased up 6.65 at 157.
Dean Oberg pushed
the popular Holy Toledo Jeep to a stout 5.91 235 while newcomer
Danny Gerber clicked it early to a 8.82 at 95 mph.
The always tough
James Day went low with a great 5.75 at 242 in the Gary Turner
owned Pedaler Challenger with Jack Wrights' Joker Challenger
hitting a 6.33 at 214.
Paton pushed the Crusher Camaro into the show with a 5.96 at
his burnout, Brad Thompson shut off on the line with problems.
In a wild match
up, Dale Van Gundy slid around about the 700ft mark, eventually
scraping the wall in the Quarter Pounder, while Roger Garten
crossed the center line the in the Warhorse. Dale coasted to
a 6.30 at 178 while Garten hit a 8.97 at 100 mph.
vs. Don Hudson
In the last pair,
Dan Horan jr charged to a 5.81 at 249 alongside Robert Overholsers'
Calif. Hustler at 6.25 at 235 to wrap up qualifying.
Dan Horan 8.818
Dean Oberg 5.910
Todd Paton 5.967
Rian Konno 5.970
Don Hudson 6.121
Robert Overholser 6.255
Bob Godfrey 6.289
TEST RUNS BETWEEN
Ruggiero was out testing his Nitro Harley.
TF cars out after the floppers were Bill Dunlap and Terry Cox.
out was Rick White and Jim Murphy
lit up the night in the Champion car.
Wilson spreading some nitro in his Witch Doctor AA/FA.
tried another lap but struck the tires at the hit.
Konno ran a 6.43 at 179 on a single when Todd Paton failed to
Dean Oberg ran
a 5.965 at 232.23 which to everyone's surprise held for the low
ET of eliminations. Bob Godfrey was in the other lane (no time).
James Day shook
the tires and clicked it to a 10.83 at 77. Alex Miladinovich,
in for Overholser on break rule ran a 6.11 at 233.
in on the break rule for Hudson ran 6.136 at 212.33 in a close
victory over Dan Horan Jr who carded a trouble plagued 6.19 at
Toledo with Dean Oberg at the wheel won the September edition
of Saturday Night Nitro with a 5.965 at 232.23. Alex Miladinovich
had the second quickest elapsed time of eliminations in his "Hot
4 Teacher" Mustang running a 6.118 at 233.08 while defeating
Dan Horan got out of the groove, pedaled twice and ran 6.19 while
the other favorite Day shook the tires, pedaled then coasted
through. Konno had a single when Patton couldn't fire, car wasn't
pulling so Rian saved the parts.
POST RACE TESTING
in the Heatseeker AA/FA
the end of the night Murphy came back for yet another pass.
The final nitro
fix of the day came courtesy of Rick White in the Neil &
White entry out of San Diego.
for the Murphy test marathon.
The other TF
car that stuck around was Mike Fuller. Ron August, his regular
driver had another commitment so he put Mike Irwin in the car
for the Sunday tests.
NE-1 from New Zealand.
vs Jim Data in A/G.
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