NITRO TESTING FRIDAY
photos in the order they were shot
One of the four
NTF cars testing on Friday was Jim Murphy. Jim and his WW2 Racing
team along with Crew Chief Roland Leong were, like most
of the other cars, preparing for the upcoming CHRR. Several made
more than one test. Photos below with no names as they will be
ID'd on the Saturday coverage.
It was great
to see Geno and Harley back where they belong. The fact that
NHRA in their infinite wisdom decided to "discontinue Geno's
service starting immediately? Thus another CHRR staple has been
stomped on by those who have no clue.
TEST N TUNE
to the one shot all run qualifying in the evening, there were
3 sessions of test opportunities for all the nitro cars throughout
the day. Several were prepping for the upcoming CHRR and did
not run in the qualifying session.
the car owner was out doing license runs. Pete Kaiser & Mendy
Fry did backup and tuning.. Mendy also drove the Smokeys
Darkside FC- she was a busy gal that weekend.
Oberg was in the seat of the Holy Toledo Jeep
Jim Murphy in
his WW2 Racing entry was out more for testing than to try to
run over 6 seconds.
Fry in the Darkside Challenger
Lee in the California Hustler TransAm
Van Horn in the Choo Choo Mama AA/FA
in his Burnin' Money Cuda
Rogers in the Fighting Irish '74 Camaro
Windham in the Shakedown Camaro
in Jack Wright's Challenger
Todd Maller was
in the seat of the Pisano & Matsubara car getting a CHRR
Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop NTF car.
Thompson in his Jailbreak Camaro
Williamson was back in the seat of Mike Fuller's Forever Young
Ruggiero on his nitro Harley
session two on the topend leading off with Bobby Cottrell.
Oberg and Brendan Murry
Fry and Bob Godfrey
Jr. in his ProMod looking Funny Car.
Day in the Pedaler Challenger
Don Hudson in
the Sizemore Construction TransAm and Geoff Monise in the Van
Gundy and Clark Quarter Pounder Monza.
and last practice session was led off by Jeff Arend in the '48
Bennett in the Pure Heaven AA/FA
in his Nitro Cowboy entry which didn't make the qualifying session.
Flournoy in his Godzill AA/FA
Justice Nitro Harley
ALL RUN 6.0
off was Mendy Fry and Keith Wilson in the Witch Doctor AA/FA
Wilson ran a
6.066 which would end up #3 while Fry was right there with a
6.209 which would hold for #6.
up, Rick Rogers and Marcus Lawson
went to the top with a 6.041 while Lawson had problems and ran
pair was Geoff Monise and Jim Holtz in the Trouble Maker AA/FA.
nailed it with a 6.055 while Holtz's 6.500 would ultimately hang
on for the #8 spot.
who carded a 6.245 and Jeremy Sullivan who ran a nice 6.140.
Dan Hix in the
Heatseaker AA/FA came oh so close to a perfect number but his
5.998 was two thousandths to quick.
Shawn Van Horn
ran a 6.624 while Dan Horan carded a 12.744. Neither were close
to the qualifying times.
Next pair pitted
Bret Williamson and Rodney Flournoy. Willamson was one of two
NTF cars that made the 8 car field. His 6.110 would be good for
the #4 spot. Flournoy's 7.286 sent him to the trailer.
out were two cars that very familiar with the fives. Adam Sorokin
and James Day.
As he has done
so many times before, Sorokin had the front wheel up almost from
the hit. By the time he landed and hit it again the run was shot.
His 7.041 didn't get it. As for Day, his 6.502 missed the cut
by just two hundredths.
pair was Brad Thompson and Dean Oberg
cars had problems and didn't come close to the qualifying number.
to shoot for a 6.0 was Cory Lee and Scott Cousimano
done early while Lee broke out with a 5.991. I'm still trying
to wrap my head around a nitro funny car running too quick to
NTF Don Hudson and Jim Murphy
Hudson was shut
off. Murphy launched hard but started smoking the tires at the
was the Valencia Bros. AA/FA and Danny Gerber
broke and Gerber smoked the tires at the tree.
out, Jeff Arend and Rian Konno
Konno went low
for the session, unfortunately in this case was the biggest break
out. His 5.909 was way too quick. Don't what to make of Arend's
time, a -99.999?
pair was Todd Maller and Wes Morris
The Pisano car
broke on the burnout, Morris failed to make the show. The 8 car
field was basically filled by the first 8 pairs.
Rick Rogers 6.041
Geoff Monise 6.055 6.00 0.055
Keith Wilson 6.066 6.00 0.066
Bret Williamson 6.110 6.00 0.110
Jeremy Sullivan 6.140 6.00 0.140
Mendy Fry 6.209 6.00 0.209
Alex Miladinovich 6.245 6.00 0.245
Jim Holtz 6.500 6.00 0.500
of the final 8 make the pre race parade.
pair to run for the money was Rick Rogers and Jim Holtz.
The rules are
simple - beat the car in the other lane and run as close to 6.000
seconds as you can. One round, closest winner to 6.0 gets the
Rogers left first
by a bunch and took the win with a 6.268 at 172.12. Holtz carded
a 7.085 at 138.06.
pair featured two funny cars, Alex Miladinovich and Geoff Monise.
Monise took the
win with a 6.051 at 232.87 while Miladinovich went way too quick
with a 5.887 at 244.56. Ask me I'd say he was getting ready for
Pair three pitted
a AA/FA and NFC. Jeremy Sullivan and James Day who was in as
an alternate for Bret Williamson.
Day was up in
smoke early, but Sullivan's 6.071 at 228.73 did not better Monise's
pair was another AA/FA vs NFC deal. Keith Wilson and Mendy Fry.
Fry carded a
6.295 at 190.43 while Wilson clicked it to a 6.480 at 155.47.
And just like that Geoff Monise won the trophy and money with
his 6.051. Jeremy Sullivan was the runner-up with a 6.071.
I guess the jury
is still out on how this format worked, but the large crowd seemed
to enjoy the show.
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