DUNLAP WINS TOP FUEL
CA. - October 26, 2015:
It was a great
weekend for the High Speed Motorsports team (to say the least).
Graced with 4 days of Chamber of Commerce weather, at the end
of the day there was the second "Wally" of the year
sitting in the trailer. Dunlap won the National Hot Rod Reunion
in Bowling Green, KY back in June.
form, and in dramatic fashion, 74-year-old Bill Dunlap captured
the Top Fuel Eliminator title in the High Speed Motorsports entry
at the 24th California Hot Rod Reunion. With the exception of
a single in round 3, Dunlap faced stiff competition resulting
in close races. Carding a stellar 5.695 at 255.58 "Great
White" nosed out Denver Schutz's 5.838 at 255.58 (who beat Bartone in the semis) in the final.
Dunlap defeated Brendan Murray,
Dave Hirata, and Rick White to advance to the finals.
I was lucky enough to win
the inaugural CHRR here in 92, Dunlap said. It
is the crew that gets me there. I'm just the lucky guy who gets
to push the pedals. The crew that we put together for this race
Team owner and tuner, Tom Shelar
was all smiles stating, "This has been our best year ever
and we can't wait to come back in March to do it again".
Then there's rumors of a new car.......
*There are A LOT of photos in
this coverage because: (1) There were 6 people shooting and I
want them all represented. (2) This was arguably the biggest
win in the teams long history. (3) The team really deserves the
So fans, on behalf of High Speed
Motorsports, we hope you enjoy this in depth coverage.
Friday morning was bright and
sunny, and we'll open with some pit shots as the team readied
for the first of three qualifying sessions.
There is always a team
pep talk at the start of the day.
Before every qualifying run and
race the engine is warmed up for several reasons including checking
the timing and make sure there are no leaks.
Rolling out for the first
FIRST QUALIFYING SESSION
For his first shot at one of
the best drag strips in the country, Dunlap was paired with Brendan
Murry in his "Running Wild Racing" fueler sporting
a late model hemi.
Murry had problems early
while Dunlap motored on down the track.
Dunlap carded a tune-up time
of 5.69 at 241.87 while Murry coasted through with a 7.51 at
SECOND QUALIFYING SESSION
Towing to the staging
For the late session on Friday
Dunlap was paired with Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry.
Both drivers had great runs.
Dunlap with 5.70 at just 232.87, while Murphy ran a 5.75 at just
228.48. The speeds show neither driver ran it to the lights.
Tom Shelar followed by
a happy crew.
SATURDAY - THIRD QUALIFYING
Another beautiful day and for
the 3rd and last qualifying session. Dunlap found himself paired
up with Jim Murphy again, both in the same lane as the late Friday
session. This is weird because you're supposed to swap lanes
Dunlap hazed the tires just past
the 60' light but recovered to finish the run. Tuner/owner Tom
Shelar tried something new that simply made the car too aggressive.
Murphy experienced some burnt
pistons carding a 5.74 at 241.01 while Dunlap salvaged a 5.97
1 - Tony Bartone - 5.569 @ 241.28
2 - Rick White - 5.668 @ 259.96
3 - Bill Dunlap - 5.696 @ 241.67
4 - Jim Murphy - 5.743 @ 241.41
5 - Terry Cox - 5.794 @ 251.53
6 - Ron August - 5.844 @ 231.08
7 - Rick Williamson - 5.878 @ 223.10
8 - Adam Sorokin - 5.900 @ 202.12
9 - David Hirata - 6.016 @ 196.13
10 - Denver Schutz - 6.088 @ 211.39
11 - Rick McGee - 6.609 @ 147.04
12 - Brendan Murry - 7.517 @ 110.33
13 - Dusty Green - 13.897 @ 68.21
Thanks to Arlene Eliason, Tami
Reid and a rotating cast of cooks and helpers, good food is a
staple of the HSMS pit. Saturday afternoon featured a Mexican
meal that was complementary of Javiar from Foundry Works
Page Two - Sunday