GREEN CAPTURES CHAMPIONSHIP
CA - October 10 - 12, 2008: Troy Green and the High Speed Motorsports team
was on a mission when they entered the pits of Famoso Raceway
- to hold onto their slim points lead and leave on Sunday with
a race win and the Top Fuel Championship. Well, the race win
was foiled in the semi finals but that is the round that also
secured the teams first championship.
the final race of the season, the California Hot Rod Reunion,
leading the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Top Fuel Points by a
slim 3 point margin. After the first round of qualifying Troy
sat in the # 3 spot and Murphy set in the # 4 spot. During the
last qualifying session Murphy moved up to the # 1 spot but there
where several cars yet to run including the High Speed Motor
Sports dragster. Brett Harris ran a solid 5.728 to move back
into the top spot. That left Troy Green as the last car to run.
It would be a solo pass for Green, which turned out to be a jaw
dropping peddle job, that the entire crowd was able to clearly
hear, as he crossed the strip at 5.722 to take the pole. That
gave Troy a 5 point lead in the points and set himself and Murphy
on opposite sides of the eliminations ladder. This proved to
be the factor that ultimately made the difference in the championship
as Brett Harris was able to beat Murphy in the semi finials and
seal the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series top fuel championship for
Green and the HSMS team.
could not be happier for our team and our great sponsors who
have stuck by our side through the good and the bad times,"
said Green. "We are already looking forward to defending
the title next year!"
wish to thank their loyal supporters for the role they played
in helping them win this championship; Mastercam, Cad-Cam Consulting,
Highspeed Steel Treating, Silverthin Bearings, A & A Precision,
CNC, Donovan Engineering, Howard's Rods, The Blower Shop, East-West
Clutches, Arias Pistons, SCE Gaskets, Titan Speed Eng., Dyda
Race Engineering, Hoosier Tires West, C&C Automotive, NGK
spark plugs and BTs Designs.
The core crew from L to R: Todd
Shappie, Sean Bellemeur, Rick Shelar, Tom Shelar, Troy Green,
Brett Johansen, Bert Toulette, Walt Stevens and Pete Palumbo.
Since this was the last race
of a hard fought season and the end result was so very special
for all concerned, this race report will feature an extensive
amount of action photos and a special tribute page for the entire
crew without whom Green could not have done his job in the seat.
Hopefully what follows will allow
everyone to enjoy and share in the thrills experienced by all
during this championship weekend.
Friday - Qualifying
2:05 p.m. The first of only two
qualifying sessions got under way. Weather conditions: air temperature
63 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 29.91 inches,
track temperature 88 degrees.
Green with fellow drivers
Rick McGee and Denver Schutz.
Under Chamber of Commerce skies,
Troy Green made his first burnout of the weekend paired with
Backing up from the burnout
under the direction of Walt Stevens.
Sean Bellemeur and Brett
Johansen made their final adjustments to the engine.
The car left hard on
the superbly prepared Famoso track.
After "pedaling" the
car before the 330' mark, Green went on to card a very nice 5.812
at 254.95 to land in the #3 hole after session one.
To conform with rules, after
every qualifying pass and elimination win the car and driver
are weighed to make sure the minimum weight is met.
Saturday - Qualifying
1:42 p.m. Unlike the March Meet
which offers three shots to qualify, the CHRR offered only two
which put the tuners and drivers to the test as they have less
room for error. After the first season Green was solidly in the
field but Johansen et al wanted the #1 spot.
In a tactical move, the team
decided to run last (and alone) in the session so they would
know what ET they needed to beat to land in the top spot.
After the burnout, one of the
more classy and emotional moments of the weekend took place when
Brad Thompson, who was the Top Fuel points leader after the Boise
Nightfire Nationals (where he crashed and was seriously injured),
came out to take the backup hand off from Walt Stevens.
Thompson, still in a neck brace,
was not medically approved to race at this event so all he could
do is watch his points lead go to either Troy Green or Jim Murphy.
Admittedly it was a tough weekend for Brad as is is one of the
more competitive drivers in the circuit.
The car left hard racking
up another nice 60' time.
In spite of having to get off
and back on the throttle at half track, Green stopped the clocks
with a superb 5.722 at 259.06... mission accomplished. The time
put Big White in the #1 spot and insured that Green and Murphy
could not meet until the final round (should they both get there).
The engine nipped a piston
in the lights - an easy fix between rounds.
Needless to say, the crew was
ecstatic and acknowledged the cheers of the SRO crowd.
Saturday - Round One
1 - Troy Green 5.722
2 - Brett Harris 5.725 @ 255.46
3 - Jim Murphy 5.746 @ 257.73
4 - Denver Schutz 5.771 @ 255.97
5 - Rick White 5.797 @ 254.45
6 - Rick Williamson 5.920 @ 219.99
7 - Pete Kaiser 5.980 @ 245.70
8 - Shannon Stewart 5.990 @ 216.81
Adam Sorokin 6.064 @ 231.95
10 - Rick McGee 6.087 @ 237.78
11 - Mike McLennan 6.098 @ 229.06
12 - Terry Cox 6.250 @ 236.03
13 - Mark Malde 6.275 @ 170.48
14 - Jack Harris 6.289 @ 178.39
15 - Brendan Murry 6.403 @ 182.14
16 - Rick Rogers 6.651 @ 240.25
5:03 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 65 degrees, relative
humidity 14 percent, barometer 29.90 inches, track temperature
84 degrees. The other difference between the March Meet and CHRR
is that the first round of eliminations is run Saturday evening
prior to the Cacklefest program.
In the first round the
#1 qualifier Troy Green faced the #16 car of Rick Rogers.
Both drivers left together
in what would be the closest race of the round.
At the finish line it was Green
with a fine 5.783 at 252.59 and he needed every bit of it as
Rogers was right there with a 5.823 at 240.64. Green's MOV: 0.0406
seconds (approximately 14 feet).
During the pre race ceremonies
Sunday morning Rick Peters handed over 10 $100.00 bills for his
#1 qualifying effort. Cash is always a good thing.
Sunday - Eliminations
- Round Two
Todd Shappie and Brett Johansen
checked out the track prior to the round. However, this looks
more like a bad Broadway dance group.
11:51 a.m. Following the pre race ceremonies, the second round
of Top Fuel kicked off under another sunny sky.
For round two
Green was paired with the always tough Adam Sorokin in the RB
Sorokin was out first
but Green caught him before the 330' mark.
off early while Green's 5.701 (career best ET) at 254.02 served
notice that Murphy better be on his game as it's the two of them
battling for the series title in Top fuel. By this round both
had passed Brad Thompson, who could not get medical clearance
to run this weekend, and the first to lose would give the title
to the other. High drama - big league pressure for sure. Only
Green held a hole card - the 5 point lead that could make all
the difference in the world.
This time the
engine smoke in the lights was more than a damaged piston - a
connecting rod broke at the end of the run which meant the team
would have to put a new engine in the car for their semi final
match-up with Rick White.
The ace Famoso
Safety Safari was right there by the time Green stopped the car.
Troy was fine - the car was not.
Keeping pace with Murphy,
the crew celebrated another round win.
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