2014 NHRR

June 12-14 2014

 

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (June 15) – The NHRA Motorsports Museum Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA came to a thrilling close on Saturday after three action packed days of racing and honoring NHRA drag racing and cacklecar legends. Grandstands filled to capacity on Saturday with fans three deep standing by the fences down the quarter mile.

As always I'll start off with Top Fuel where Jim Murphy returned to defend his title and Tony Bartone came to attempt to further his points lead.

This year saw Top Fuel return in strength with 10 cars vying for a spot in the eight car show.

Dave Hirata was back in Dale Suhr's “Orange Crate” and he led the field following Thursday's initial qualifying session with a 5.843 at a stout 254.71 mph followed by Tony Bartone with an early shut off 5.95. After two sessions on Friday, June 13, Bartone was on top of the list with a 5.830, again slowing on the top end. Hirata's earlier run held up for second and Jimmy Young was third with a 6.013 in Steve and Ernie McClain's car, just ahead of Jim Murphy's 6.057 and Randy Bridges' 6.084. Dave Miller, Lincoln Hassell and Roger Letchenberg filled out the field with Jerry Kumre and Jason Greenwood missing the cut.

All that said, I now present what I feel is comprehensive coverage of the first full field in Top Fuel here in a few years. Following the dragster coverage are the Funny Cars followed with all the winners and other cars. Hope you enjoy.

 

 

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Top Fuel First Qualifying Session

The first session was held on Thursday and only five cars opted to run it.

 

First out was Jim Young in Ernest and Steve McClain’s big-block Chevy-powered “Tri-State Racing” fueler and Randy Bridges out of Gerard IL. with a hemi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridges was shut off after his burnout leaving Young to solo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pair two matched March Meet winner, Tony Bartone in the Bartone Bros. entry and Roger Lechtenberg in the Back Yard Guys fueler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bartone had good early numbers and just drove away from Lechtenberg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First in the fives went to Bartone.

 

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The final pair out for the Thursday session was Dave Hirata in Dale Suhr’s “Orange Crate” out of Iowa and defending champion Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry.

 

Dave's legendary father Kenny was on hand to lend support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both cars had strong leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just past the tree Murphy started smoking the tires and soon after called it quits.

 

 

Hirata went low to that point while sacrificing some pistons to the aluminum gods.

 

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Top Fuel Second Qualifying Session

 

First pair out for the Friday sesson was Roger Lechtenberg and Tony Bartone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bartone had stout early numbers, not so much for The Back Yard Guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Bartone was motoring down Broadway, Radar had his hands full after getting out of the groove.

 

 

 

 

 

Here he is fighting it off the wall and did a masterful job of saving it. The only damage was a scraped canard end plate and rear wheel scuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Second pair out was Jim Murphy and Jerry Kumre Jr. making his first and only attempt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy left hard and appeared to be on a good run..

 

 

 

 

 

 

But at half track Murphy's car started getting out of the groove.

 

He couldn't reel it back in and had to lift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next out for their respective first attempts were Jason Greenwood and Lincoln Hassell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next pair was again Jim Young and Randy Bridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neither car had great early numbers and the scoreboard reflected it. However, both cars did improve on their Q1 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The final pair of session two was "Diamond Dave" Miller making his first attempt in the Telstrar and Dave Hirata for his third pass of the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Qualifying Order

1. Tony Bartone -  5.830 @ 228.31
2. Dave Hirata -  5.843 @ 254.71
3. Jim Young  - 6.013 @ 232.43
4. Jim Murphy -  6.057 @ 202.48.
5. Randy Bridges - 6.084 @ 205.76.
6. Dave Miller - 6.721 @ 181.72.
7. Lincoln Hassell - 6.776 @ 186.67
8. Roger Lechtenberg - 6.849 @ 159.21

------------ Not Qualified ------------

9. Jerry Kumre Jr  - 7.354 @ 161.29
10. Jason Greenwood - DNQ

 

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Top Fuel Eliminations - Page 2

Funny cars, Winners and Other Cars - Page 3

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