Green Goes to
the Semi Finals - Climbs to Third in Points Chase
RACEWAY PARK: This
was the first time the High Speed Motorsports team had raced
at the Sacramento facility so they had no data to work from which
left them flying somewhat blind. On Friday, their first qualifying
attempt was set for 6 pm. They put a mild tune up in it and went
to the starting line. The car left good and was on probably a
low 6.0 run. But at 3.8 seconds into the run the car had a change
of plans! Number 1 and 2 rods broke, shoving a piston into an
intake valve, blowing the supercharger off and starting a fire.
Troy Green coasted through the lights with a 7.11 at 111. After
the safety crew put the fire out they headed back to the pits
to begin a thrash. After swapping short blocks out, they decided
to sit out the next session to go over things and try to determine
what went wrong. With only 14 cars on hand for a 16 car field,
they knew they would be in the show. After looking over all the
broken parts, they came to the conclusion that it was just a
brought rain which lasted all day postponing eliminations until
The Sunday schedule
was to be first round of eliminations at 11 am. When they arrived
at the track they learned that they ended up in the 11th spot
and would face points leader, Jim Murphy in round one. This would
be Green's first time to race Murphy who is as good as they get.
Brett Johansen put a tune up in the car that normally runs mid
5.90s pretty easily. As the light turned green, Green was away
first and never saw Murphy... his 5.95 at 237 beat Murphy's 6.04
Round 2 paired
Green with Mike McClennan in Mike Fuller's car. Green definitely
owed him one from their final round meeting at Boise when he
beat Troy back in May. Payback it was, Green's 5.96 at 240 took
care of McClennan's 6.17 to put the HSMS car into the semi finals
where they would face Number 1 qualifier Rick White. They went
up to the line trying to run a low 5.90. At the green, White
was pulling away and Green who drove the car to about 900 ft
before shutting it off. White ran a nice 5.83 to Troy's 6.20.
All in all it
was a good weekend for the team. Green came to the race 6th in
the 2007 AA/FD Points Series and left 3rd place only 28 points
behind the leader (Brad Thompson). The final points race of the
year is the California Hot Rod Reunion, October 12, 13 and 14
and the Championship is within reach.
and story below.
Green heats the tires
for his first (and only) qualifying attempt on Friday afternoon.
The car left good but
before half track the engine let loose... number 1 and 2 rods broke, shoving a
piston into an intake valve, blowing the supercharger off and
starting a fire. Green coasted through the lights with a 7.11
Paired with Jim Murphy, the first round of eliminations
was what they call a good 'ol drag race.
Green left first (0.088 to 0.096) and never looked
back putting the current points leader on the trailer with a
5.954 at 237.95 to Jim's close 6.019 at 343.65.
Round two found Green
paired with another tough customer, Mike McClennan.
McClennan cut a great light (0.024) to take an early lead but his 6.177 at 240.00
was no match for Green's 5.962 at 240.64.
The semi-finals paired
Green and Rick White, who was having a monster weekend.
Both cars left together
but White pulled away in a hurry. By the 900' foot mark Green
could see he had no chance of catching the blue car so he shut
it off to a 6.20 at 183.11. White carded his forth straight 5.8
run (5.838 at 247.59) for the win.
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