The only TF car
to test on Friday was Jim Murphy in his NTF car. Jim and his
WW2 Racing team along with Crew Chief Roland Leong were
on a mission testing new parts/ideas.
in Mike Fuller's "Forever Young".
Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop car.
FUNNY CAR TESTING
Townsend in his "Nitroholic".
Lee, the new driver of the California Hustler.
Thompson experienced some violent tire shake in his Jailbreak
"Cowboy" Morel in the Little City Cuda
Oberg in the Holy Toledo Jeep
and car to me, Tommy Schiffilea.
Wright was out with the help of the Joe Walla band, Da KINGZ.
Miladinovich in the Hot 4 Teacher Mustang
Weaver in his "Dream Weaver" flopper
Konno in the Kazanjian Lemon & Konno Mustang
Day in Gary Turner's "Pedaler"
Troxel in his "No More Alimony" entry.
Peterson in DaleVan Gundy's "Quarter Pounder".
in his Burin' Money Cuda
Van Horn in the "Choo Choo Mama"
Utterback in the "Black Sunshine" car.
A FUEL TESTING
"parade" was obviously voluntary as many of the cars
Car, All Run For Spot in Quick 8
Friday and Saturday
was Test & Tune with a few fuel cars running in the afternoon.
All-run Funny Car qualifying began around 7:00 PM.
First pair featured
Mendy Fry in the "Smokey's Dark Side" and 2. Alex Miladinovich-
Hot 4 Teacher.
ran good enough to make the Quick 8.
Oberg was paired with Dennis Swearingen
6.27 @ 220 was good enough to move on.
pair featured Jack Wright and Bob Godfrey
Townsend somehow got a single.
@ 248 good for low ET in qualifying.
was Cory Lee and Pete Peterson
cars made the cut.
Thompson was paired with James Day.
neither car made the show.
up was Don Hudson and Rian Konno in the Kazanjian-Lemon-Konno
just made the show at #8 while Konno barley missed.
pair was John Weaver and Dan Horan
scoreboard shows the second quickest time of the round he did
not show on the top 8.
car was Marcus Lawson who didn't come close.
TOP FUEL QUALIFYING
- 5.80 @ 248
Mendy Fry - 5.90 @ 213
Cory Lee - 6.03 @ 248
Alex Miladinovich 6.04 @ 229
Pete Peterson - 6.05 @ 231
Dean Oberg - 6.27 @ 220
Don Hudson 6.51 @ 210
Jack Wright- 6.70 @ 214
To win the event, 5 drivers had to win
their match in round one, and those
winners would meet in a final. The lowest ET took the trophy.
The first pair
was guaranteed to be a barnburner with Jim Murphy in his WW2
car going up against Bill Dunlap in the High Speed Motorsports
car. Both cars have been running great numbers of late, and this
match up would be no exception.
Both left the
line fairly evenly, but Murphy had to be shaking his head in
disbelief in the shutdown area when he found out that his quick
5.69 ET had been pipped by Dunlap's scorching 5.63, a personal
best for Bill in the HSMS car. Lots of Ooohs and Ahhhs in the
grandstands after that one! Speeds were 251 for Dunlap, 238 for
it was, the quickest side-by-side NTF race ever.
Second pair had
Adam Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop car competing against
Rick White in the Neal & White digger from San Diego. Tall
candles from both cars lit the track all the way and it was Rick
crossing the stripe first with a 5.76 @ a stout 256 while Adam
turned a 6.06 @ 189.
would be a bye run for Rick McGee in the Tedford-McGee Overtime
Special. Rick managed a respectable 6.09 @ 170 but couldn't come
close to the stratospheric times of the first pair.
Seven fuel altereds
ran in Saturday Night Nitro qualifying, with the best four ET's
squaring off for the final. Pairings of the seven were:
PAIR was the Valencia Bros. in "Nitro Mas" versus Nate
Bugg in "Bugsy".
had some difficulties, netting a 8.97 @ 89 mph. Lil' Nate turned
a 6.82 @ 203 to open the bidding.
SECOND PAIR had
James Generalao Jr. in his "Impatient" altered running
against Nitro Jim Holtz in "Nightmare". It was clear
to the eye that Generalao won the race, but the scoreboard read
12.01 @75mph for Generalao while Holtz recorded a 7.96 @ 145.
Thus began some downtime to troubleshoot the clocks.
THIRD PAIR featured
Dan Hix in his "Heatseeker" ride against Rodney Flournoy
the lead at the 60' cone, but Hix went around him and got the
win light with a 6.10/175 against Flournoy's 6.51 but faster
LAST SINGLE would
be Jeff Utterback in the "Black Sunshine" Topolino.
Clock troubles reared up again with the board showing no time,
but somehow it was determined that Utterback and Generalao would
advance along with Hix and Holtz in the final round.
Dan Hix was paired
up with Jim Holtz, but Holtz couldn't make the call so Hix singled
to a 6.15 @ 156.
Jr. in his "Impatient" Ford T would face Jeff Utterback
in his "Black Sunshine Fiat Topolino. They were side by
side most of the way but at the stripe it was Generalao with
a 6.10 @ 227 versus Utterback's 6.33 @ 191. So, James Generalao
Jr. took the trophy with his final round low ET.
TOP FUEL FINAL
This was run
in a conventional way, with the top two quickest ET's squaring
off against each other. This would have meant a repeat of the
Dunlap/Murphy lineup, but due to a crankshaft issue, Murphy's
car was unable to make the call so Rick White came forward on
the break rule.
Bill was on his
game with a quick .048 RT while Rick was late off the line with
At the far end,
Rick had a slightly quicker ET at 5.734 at 247 against Dunlap's
5.754 at 240, but the hole shot determined the race with Dunlap
taking the trophy in the HSMS dragster. Great racing!
FUNNY CAR QUICK
FIRST PAIR was
Cory Lee in his new ride- the California Hustler vs. Alex Miladinovich
in the Hot 4 Teacher car.
out with an .068 RT to Miladinovich's lagging .150.
Alex came close
at the top end with less than 1/10 second between their ET's,
but to no avail as it was Lee crossing the stripe first with
a 5.89 while Alex netted a 5.98.
SECOND PAIR featured
Pete Peterson (standing in for Dale Van Gundy) against Mendy
Fry. Despite Mendy's better reaction time, at the 100' point
Peterson had a car length on Fry and it slowly widened from there.
took the win with a 6.10 against Mendy's 6.93.
THIRD PAIR would
have seen Don Hudson run against Dean Oberg in the Holy Toledo
Jeep. For some reason, Oberg had difficulties getting the car
to fire and the body remained up in the staging area, only to
be towed down the return road later as Hudson thundered down
the track on a single with a 6.29 at 229 mph.
rock-n-roll band, the boys were pumped for this one. So pumped,
in fact, that Jack left just a tad early on a red, giving Townsend
the easy single as Wright slowed to save the parts. Townsend
nailed a 6.01 at 213 on a good run, but not good enough to top
Cory Lee's event winning 5.89 from the first pairing.
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