NEW CAR PASSES WITH
CA. - October 25, 2016:
out the season following an accident at the 2016 March Meet,
High Speed Motorsports retuned with a vengeance. Team owner and tuner, Tom Shelar and
brother Rick picked up the new car in late September from Brad
Hadman in Washington giving them only 3-4 weeks to finish it
up and get it race ready for the CHRR.
Arriving on Thursday
the car was the talk of the Top Fuel pits. Hadman incorporated
several "Big Show" techniques into the chassis including
a very trick steering system, and a windscreen that allows driver
Bill Dunlap a better view and protection from oil. A magnesium
body was added leaving the car over 100 pounds lighter than the
Graced with 4
days of Chamber of Commerce weather, Shelar made baby steps with
the car running quicker and faster every pass until at the end
of qualifying Dunlap was the #3 qualifier with a sterling 5.652
It was only a
hole shot loss in the semi finals that kept the debut car out
of the final. However, in the process Dunlap made the quickest
pass ever in a HSMS dragster, his losing time was 5.617 at 257.63.
Shelar was all smiles stating,
"The new car did everything we asked it to do. All five
runs were solid and we can't wait for the March Meet".
Thursday was spent finishing
up loose ends (like the windscreen) and double checking everything.
Friday getting ready
for the first qualifying session.
FRIDAY - FIRST QUALIFYING
On Friday afternoon in the first
qualifying session and the first run on the new car, Bill Dunlap
was paired with the 2016 March Meet winner, Rick Williamson in
the Craig Racing fueler.
Tom Shelar and Sean Bellemeur
made the final adjustments.
The early numbers were
more than encouraging.
The maiden voyage was a planned
900' shut off for Dunlap. The car did everything it was supposed
to do running a 6.009 at just 189.23. The cars behavior and data
told owner Shelar that this was going to be a fun weekend.
Getting the car ready
for the second session on Saturday.
The HSMS hospitality area is
quite popular and the girls always have something to munch on
or drink. Here we have Maria Stevens, Tami Russell and Mary Dunlap.
Tom Shelar and Tim Gibson
went over the data from the first run.
SECOND QUALIFYING SESSION
Al Renteria Jr. is the
offical move-the-car-around driver.
Nitro Saturday opened up with
the second session of Top Fuel qualifying pairing Bill Dunlap
and Pete Kaiser in the Circuit Breaker.
Again Dunlap had great
On only the second run in the
new car Dunlap improved with a solid 5.72 at only 223.02.
THIRD QUALIFYING SESSION
Once again Dunlap was
paired with Pete Kaiser.
Kaiser faltered off the line
and appeared to just coast through. Both went green, so it must
have been a mechanical problem as there wasn't any visible tire
The first full pass through the
lights was a solid 5.652 at 250.51 and that told Tom and the
gang that they had a major player.
Top Fuel elimination kicked off
Sunday morning after the pre-race ceremonies. First pair out
was #3 Bill Dunlap and #6 Dusty Green.
Green got a starting
line advantage, but was off the throttle before the 60' block.
Dunlap stopped the clocks
with a 5.721 at 249.49 to move on to round two.
Between rounds the fans
got to see the maintenance up close and personal.
ELIMINATIONS ROUND TWO
First pair to see who would go
to the final was Bill Dunlap and Jim Murphy who are the two oldest
drivers in NTF.
Murphy got a full tenth
on the tree leaving Dunlap to play catch up.
In the traps, try as he did,
Dunlap could not overcome the early deficit. Murphy carded a
5.642 at 245.18 holeshot win. Dunlap ran 5.617 at 257.63 which
was the quickest pass in High Speed Motorsports history. Murphy's
MOV: 0.0660 seconds (approximately 25 feet).
In spite of the loss, the entire
HSMS team was very pleased with the new cars performance and
can't wait for the March Meet.
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