THOMPSON NETS SEMI-FINAL
IN HIS HSMS DEBUT
CA - March 05-08, 2010: Horrible economy and a mixed bag of adverse weather
conditions aside, the 2010 edition of the March Meet wrapped
up on Monday with a hugely popular win in Top Fuel. After getting
the best of Brad Thompson in the High Speed Motorsports entry
in the semis, Adam Sorokin went on to win his first race in a
fuel dragster carding a 5.764 at 241.61 to beat Howard Haight's
5.935 at 248.23.
In his first
start as the new driver for HSMS, Thompson did a masterful job
of keeping his still unfamiliar ride on all fours during two
days of a very tricky track during qualifying. After winning
the first round of eliminations on a hole shot, and flat outrunning
his opponent in round two, Brad got his one mistake of the season
over with when he caught his first red light ever in Top Fuel
against eventual winner, Adam Sorokin.
All in all, the
team left Bakersfiled confident that they are a contender for
the 2010 points chase and plan to contest all the Hot Rod Heritage
Racing Series through out the season.
High Speed Motorsports
wish to thank their loyal supporters for the role they play in
helping them to continue to do what they love; Mastercam, Cad-Cam
Consulting, Highspeed Steel Treating, SilverThin Bearings, RMS
Healthcare, 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 and NGK spark plugs.
Dale Singh and their new driver, Brad Thompson.
After getting set up on Thursday
the order of business for Tom Shelar, Pete Palumbo and Frankie
Hedge was to get the new body unwrapped and on to the car.
Fresh out of the paint shop,
the new tin fit perfect and the new, livelier color scheme came
On Friday the rest of the team
rolled in to prep the car and get the "signage" on
the new body.
With the first session
scheduled for 3 PM the car was warmed up about 2 PM.
Friday - Qualifying
Following 55 minute clean up
of a 2500 ft oildown from a car in another class, the first session
of TFquaifying got under way 2 hours late and 20 degrees too
cold. Brad Thompson would be paired with Mike Chrisman.
Along with the new paint
scheme the team was sporting new uniforms.
Walt Stevens guided Thompson
back with the direction of crew chief, Brett Johansen.
walks on the right side to make sure nothing is leaking.
Sean Bellemeur and Johansen
made their last minute adjustments to the engine.
With Shelar video taping
the run, Thompson moved in to stage.
Thompson had a decent
launch and carded an accepable 60' time.
But the cold track was unforgiving
and Thompson was unable to stay in the groove (as if there was
After a couple of fruitless attempts
to hook up Brad, getting close to the wall, called it quits and
coasted through with a 7.23 and just 131.35.
With the merging of the HSMS
and Thompson & Bless racing teams its now even more of a
production to get everyone fed. That job goes to Nicko Fusano.
Saturday - Qualifying
Arlene Eliason and Walt
Thompson started his
burnout with James Day in the other lane.
Another good launch and
early numbers were for naught.
With time already running short
and the weather still a problem, the third quaifying session
was scrubbed from the progam leaving just one more shot for the
fuelers to figure out how to get down a very tricky track. Once
again the session was late in the afternoon and the track temp
had dipped into the 60s.
Before the 330' mark the tires
spun hard and Thompson was out of the groove again only this
time to the left.
Day spun the tires as
well and clicked it.
Both Thompson and Day coasted
through. To illustrate just how tough getting down the track
in quaifying was, Thompson held on to the #10 spot with his 7.23.
Back in the pits Nicko was starting
dinner while the team did some routine maintenance on the car.
Previous HSMS driver,
Troy Green stopped by with David Pace.
Ready for Sunday - which
had to be a better day.
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