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Green Wins Rain Delayed Top Fuel Title
Runs low ET and Top Speed of Meet - 5.962 at 215.46

 


 

August 26 - 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 baseline.

 

 

 

 

 


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 on.

 


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 of balance.

 

 


 


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 the money.

 


 


 


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".

 

 

 

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