The calm before the storm.
Moving the car out of
the pit and off to the staging lanes.
Ruthie Hedge gave her signature
rendition of the National Anthem followed immediately by the
first pair of Top Fuel.
ELIMINATIONS - ROUND ONE
Pair two matched Dusty
Green in the Nitro Hemi car and Mendy Fry. #6 vs #3.
Green had problems before half
track as Fry motored by for the win with a 5.716 at 258.47. Green
slowed to a 6.175 at 186.74. Fry advanced to the semis.
The engine hurt itself in round
one which made for an all hands on board swap led by Darrel Read,
Rick Shelar and Sean Bellemeur.
Tom Shelar tended to
Donnie Ho repaird the
Mendy packed her chutes
before mixing the nitro.
The injured engine was
lifted out the old fashion way, by hand.
Then it was the whole
process in reverse to install the new engine.
The new engine is warmed
and set. Time for round two.
The first pair out for the semis
had huge points implications pitting Mendy Fry, the leader and
Jim Murphy sitting in the #2 position. It was also a rematch
of the 2017 March Meet final that was taken by Fry when Murphy
broke on the burnout.
Murphy got a slight jump
off the line and never looked back.
Murphy got there first with a
5.730 at 240.08 while Fry was right there with a game 5.817 at
a big mph, 260.21. A rubber match is more than possible at the
Boise Nightfire Nationals in August.
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