37th time the Ignitor Opener marked the official start of the
2007 racing season at Boise, Idaho's Firebird Raceway. Following
three days of time trials and qualifying under very hot conditions,
Sunday revealed superb air for all the racers. Temperatures just
barely hit 70 degrees on the final day of eliminations, a nice
change following the 90 plus degree heat wave on Saturday and
a large turnout of racers and fans loved every minute of it.
After their success
here at the 2006 Nights of Fire event the High Speed Motorsports
team had high hope for a win at this race. After not getting
an ET on their first qualifying attempt due to the car in the
other lane hitting the timing blocks they came back for the second
and last session to go low with a 5.909. This set the stage for
eliminations on Sunday and great expectations for their first
and story below.
Warming up the engine
prior to the first session on Friday.
The first round qualifying didn't
go as planned. It paired Troy Green in the right lane, Brett
Harris in the left. Green's car shook the tires at about 150ft,
he pedaled it and got it to recover. Harris crossed the center
line at about 1000ft mark taking out the clocks disqualifying
not only his time but Green's as well. That was not good news
but after getting back to the pits the news got worse. They noticed
the Donovan block was cracked which forced them to swap short
For his second qualifying
attempt Green was once again paired with Brett Harris.
Walt Stevens and Brett
Johansen guide Green back from his burnout.
The High Speed car left good
and pulled hard to about 1200ft and Green shut it off. In spite
of some burning oil getting back in the car, the run put them
in the number one spot with a 5.90 at only 228.
Buttoning up the engine.
Troy Green packs his
Amelia and Dale Singh (CEO High
Speed Motorsports) relax after qualifying on the poll.
The crew had a chance
to kick back as well.
Due to an extreme shortage
of photos this is a report that can only be told.
Dale Singh and Troy
Green prior to round one of eliminations.
Brett Johansen and Tom
Shelar fire the car.
Green backs up from
Johansen makes final adjustments
prior to Green Staging. First round eliminations: Troy Green
was in the left lane, Shannon Stuart in the right lane. Green
had the hold shot with a .079 light to Stewart's .140. Green's
engine was a little unhappy at about 1000ft so he wisely shut
off early running a 6.05 to Shannon's 6.06. As the times suggest,
it was a very close race.
Second round of Eliminations:
Green had a bye run because of being number one qualifier and
the odd number of cars. With their spare short block in the car
and no other back up, they decided to just idle down the track
knowing they would not get lane choice in the final.
Final round: Green was in the
right lane and Mike McClennan in the left. The last time Green
ran in this lane the car shook the tires. They made a tire pressure
adjustment trying to get through the potential shake. At the
hit McClennan had a .058 light to Green's .063 and they were
pretty even until about 150ft when the High Speed car shook the
tires into smoke. Green pedaled it and it recovered and tried
to chase down Mike who was only about a car length ahead of him.
Approaching the finish line Green knew there was no way to catch
the Nitro Fever car and because his engine started to push out
some oil he lifted. McClennan ran a 5.97 to Green's 6.16.
Had it not been for an unusual
rash of parts failure this would have been a good weekend for
the team and solid prep for the National Hot Rod Reunion in June
at Columbus, Ohio. Now the trip east may be in jeopardy due to
lack of equipment. Check back for updates.