Wins Rain Delayed Top Fuel Title
Runs low ET and Top Speed
of Meet - 5.962 at 215.46
- Mission, BC, Canada: After being rained out the previous weekend at
Seattle, the High Speed Motorsports/SilverThin Bearing team was
less than thrilled when rain halted qualifying action at Mission
Raceway Park on Saturday and could only hope it cleared up enough
to run on Sunday. Well, it did and left enough time on Sunday
afternoon to get in one qualifying session and eliminations.
The short field
on a short day belonged to Troy Green. After qualifying # 1,
Green handily beat John Shoemaker in the final. The win was a
nice way to cap off the teams three race Northwest tour and advanced
Green in the 2007 AAFD Top Fuel point standings.
Arriving Friday, the pit area
was spacious and very laid back. At this point there was two
qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday with eliminations
on Sunday. On Friday Green was the only TF car to make a run
during the open test n tune. They planned a 1000ft run and all
went very well, the car ran 6.12 195, it gave them a very good
Then came a total rain out on
Saturday so racers and fans alike spent much of the day watching
drag racing DVD's on the HSMS outdoor big screen.
On Sunday afternoon the rain
stopped, the sun came out and the track was dried enough to race
Looking lonely, the HSMS car
sits in the tree lined staging lanes prior to racing. Brett Johansen
checking the tire pressure.
Green does his burnout
for the first and only qualifying session.
Backing up with Phil
Ruskowski in the other lane.
Green drove it about 1200ft before
a burnt piston and was starting to puff some smoke so he shut
it off to a 5.96 at 215. That would put them number one by almost
a full second.
Some of the other cars on hand
were John Shoemaker in his "American Eagle" entry.
John went on to the runner-up spot to Green in the final.
Also making the long tow to Mission
was Brendan Murry and his interim driver, Bill Dunlap who lost
in the semis.
Two of the local cars
made the show.
In round one Green was paired
with Bill Dunlap in Brendan Murry's car. Green left first but
the car started vibrating very hard almost instantly. Green was
only able to drive it to about 800ft before the vibration became
to dangerous to continue. Dunlap had smoked the tires early on
but did his best to run Green down but came up short. Troy's
6.38 covered Bill's 6.90. Upon inspection the HSMS team found
that one of the new tires they had put on the car was way out
John Shoemaker and Troy
Green were both confident before the final.
By the time the
final went off
the air got very good (about
600ft) and the track cooled off (75 degrees) as the sun was setting.
Once again Green left first and with a hand full of brake for
about 400ft. As he eased off the brake the car made a quick move
left the wall and he had to lift in order to straighten out the
car. When he got back on the throttle the car was a handfull
the rest of the track. Nonetheless he took the win as Shoemaker
had problems of his own and crossed the centerline at the 1/8
mile ending the race right there. Troy carded a 6.37 at 207 for
Green and the crew celebrate
their first win on Canadian soil at the top end.
Without an official Winners
Circle, the team got the trophy and made their own.
HSMS CEO Dale Singh and Troy
Green pose for photos by their wives while ex-HSMS driver, Sean
Bellemeur (right) reports the results to home.
As a side note, Canadian Mo Davidson
(on right) was on hand with his WILD "Big Show" FED
No, this is not a Funny Car -
its a front engine Top Fuel dragster with a 500" TFX hemi
engine with dual mags and all. Needless to say, its not NHRA
legal (the engine in TF must be behind the driver) but Mo and
crew plan to have some fun with it nonetheless. The car hasn't
made a complete pass yet and who knows if it ever will as it
is described as "an animal".