Fuel Round One of Eliminations
p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 58 degrees, relative
humidity 44 percent, barometer 28.81 inches, adjusted altitude
1,477 feet, track temperature 74 degrees. It was cooling off
quick and the track temperature with it.
The first pair
out for Round One was the #2 car of Brett Harris and #15, Brendan
here. Although Murry had some in the bank at the hit, the heavily
favored Harris passed him by the tree and never looked back.
At the other
end Harris improved on his qualifying times and reset fastest
speed of the meet. His 5.693 at 262.08 (Top Speed of the Meet)
easily covered Murry's 6.144 at 205.19.
margins: 60ft(0.002), 330 ft(0.096), 660ft(0.165), 1,000ft(0.224).
MOV: 0.3762 seconds (more than 100 feet).
The crew acknowledged
the fans cheers.
Fuel Round Two of Eliminations
Harris got ready for
his match up with Howard Haight.
(one week later)
26: Due to conflicts two cars did not come back. Tony Bartone
who had a commitment with his Big Show Alcohol Funny car at Vegas
(which he won) and Mike McClennan who just passed. Also only
a few fans and photographers retuned leaving the stands nearly
empty and a huge lack of photos.
After a weeks
delay and more nasty weather the class eliminations were underway.
After morning drizzle the pro cars took to the track just after
noon. The temps etc. were similar to the previous Saturday.
Haight got a
huge jump off the line (.034 to .108) but Harris made that up
in the first 60 feet.
at 257.53 was too much for Haight who clicked it early to a 5.968
68 at 217.60.
two for the semis was Brett Harris and Jim Murphy - a classic
up it was Brett Harris and J
The Boss check out the
track after Brett's burnout.
Harris watches the foot print as Brett backed
Michael Beebe backed Murphy up.
didn't have a great light but his .086 was a ton better than
would make all the difference 1320 feet later.
catch up all the way to the stripe and had they been racing 1340
feet he probably would have passed Big Red. The margin of victory
was a scant .0133 seconds. Murphy had given away the best chance
he may ever have to capture his elusive fifth March Meet crown.
Murphy stated, "It was very disappointing but was easier
to take with the car running as well as it is. It dropped a cylinder
against Harris from being too rich so it has some more in it.
We pinched five pistons all weekend
It didn't matter
at all to Harris and White that the stands were all but empty
- this was for the crown jewel of Nostalgia Top Fuel - it was
the legendary March Meet and they both wanted it bad.
It would have
been the third MM title for Harris and would match his dads trio
of wins. White, on the other hand, had never won this prestigious
crown and really wanted to add it to his resume.
White, who has
struggled with being consistent on the lights, was on his game
here and left fist by a bunch (.042 to .167) and never looked
In hind sight
(which we all love) Jack Harris said putting a whole new clutch
assembly in for the finals was a mistake. It not only hurt Brett's
reaction time but the cars performance as well.
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