Fuel Qualifying Session One
in the schedule, a weekend long problem,
the first session for
the TF cars went off on Friday afternoon.
The first pair
of the long cars to hit the perfectly prepped track was Adam
Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop entry, and Pete Kaiser in
the "Circuit Breaker".
came up with a 5.779 at 225.00 for Sorokin and a 6.422 at 137.05
Pair two featured
Jim Murphy who was a contender in a 3 way points race,and Rick
McGee in the Tedford & McGee "Overtime Special"
from near by Exeter.
Murphy has been
experimenting with injector scoops... function over form. He
would end up running with no scoop at all.
notice that he and Roland were here to play hard ball carding
a stout 5.626 at a whopping 264.18. McGee banged the blower before
the lights still ran a respectful 5.807 at 234.70.
On Friday hundreds
of racers wore Geno & Harley "No Respect" t-shirts
protesting his unceremonious dismissal from a job he does better
than anyone, especially those who tried to replace him. Thankfully
he will be back for the March Meet because the Bowser's do respect
Pair three featured
Bret Williamson in Mike Fuller's "Forever Young" and
Tony Bartone in the Bartone Bros. 2015 championship car.
into the #2 spot behind Murphy with a 5.642 at 232.71. Williamson
slowed to a 6.040 at 237.25.
Next out was
the debut of the new Brad Hadman built High Speed Motorsports
car with Bill Dunlap in the seat. This car replaces the car involved
in an incident during the March Meet and boy, is it trick. Lighter,
sleeker and before the weekend was over, faster. Hadman incorporated
some of his Big Show TF car features including the wind screen.
In the other
lane was the 2016 March Meet winner, Rick Williamson in the Craig
This maiden voyage
was a planned 900' shut off for Dunlap. The car did everything
it was suppose to do running a 6.009 at just 189.23. The cars
behavior and data told owner Tom Shelar that this was going to
be a fun weekend.
A time of Rick
Williamson 5.86 at 225.03 came up on the board but for reasons
unbeknownst to me was disallowed.
Next pair was
Brendan Murry in his Running Wild and Terry Cox in the "Cheetah
IV" - the only two late model hemi cars in the field.
Cox carded a
5.943 at 244.47, while Murry continued to have problems making
a full pull, he shut off to a 7.144 at 132.57.
Next to last
pair for session one was Phil Ruskowski who made the trip down
from Victoria BC, Canada to test his small block Chevy car with
the big boys.
first timer was Tyler Hilton from Sharonville, OH in his "Great
Expectations" tribute car. It sports the same paint scheme
as his grandparents, Jim & Alison Lee used in the 60's on
their TF cars.
Neither car made
solid runs with Hilton at 6.201 at 195.05. Ruskowski was done
very early and coasted through.
The last pair
marked the return to Top Fuel by John Rasmussen in the ex-Raisin
Express of Denver Schutz. In the other lane was Dusty Green in
the "Nitro Hemi" fueler from Colorado.
got away clean while Green went into tire smoke before the tree.
insult to injury, the blower belt broke.
a 7.248 at 137.50 shake down run while Green finally coasted
through looking forward to session two.
to give it a shot was Dan Horan Jr. in his fathers car.
sad note, Dan Horan Sr. passed away just a month later - 11/26
clicked it way early to a 7.420 at 136.15.
1. Jim Murphy,
Santa Rosa CA, '13 Neil & Parks 5.626 264.18
2. Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '16 McKinney 5.642 232.71
3. Adam Sorokin, Glendale CA, '04 Sterling 5.779 225.00
4. Rick McGee, Exeter CA, '10 Uyehara 5.807 234.70
5. Terry Cox, Clarkburg CA, '06 Uyehara 5.943 244.47
6. Bill Dunlap, Capitola CA, '03 Stirling 6.009 189.23
7. Bret Williamson, Gilroy CA, '00 Uyehara 6.040 237.25
8. Tyler Hilton, Sharonville OH, '12 Horton 6.201 195.05
Not Qualified ------------
9. Pete Kaiser,
Merced CA, '00 Stirling 6.422 137.05
10. Brendan Murry, San Jose CA, '10 Rooman 7.144 132.57
11. John Rasmussen, CO, 7.248 137.50
12. Dan Horan, Sylmar CA, '09 Dragster 7.420 136.15
13. Dusty Green, Pleasant Hill CA, '04 Neil & Parks22.406
14. Phil Ruskowski, Victoria BC, '11 McKinney 28.000 173.81
15. Rick Williamson, Stockton CA, '12 Davidson - DQ