as usual, the first session for the long cars was led off by
the 2017 Heritage Series TF champ, Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing
entry. In the other lane was Dan Horan Jr. in his late father's
Dan Horan tribute car.
With the show
running late Murphy chose to go fist as he had to get outta there
to be at the Double Tree hotel in Bakersfield to receive his
CHRR Honoree Award at 7:30.
Murphy was sacrificing
Murphy coasted through with a
6.294 at 165.78 while Horan had no issues carding a nice 5.873
at 253.71 which was a career best for car and driver.
Second pair matched local favorite
Rick McGee in the Tedford & McGee "Overtime Special"
and 2018 March Meet winner Pete Wittenberg in the "Circuit
Wittenberg ran a career best
ET right out of the box 5.718 at 231.32. McGee did a planned
1000' pass that netted a 5.821 at 225.75.
Back stories. On Thursday Jim
Young , who was pitted next to Wittenberg, told me that Pete
would run a 5.71. I was thinking that was more than a bold prediction.
He then informed that it was all his tune-up in the car. I was
still dubious. BAM, 5.71 first pass. No dummy, Young!
For the last 3 years the team
of Tedford and McGee have been banging their head against any
wall they could find trying to figure out where their 5.7 car
went. In 2015 they bought Tony Bartone's car because it was way
newer and lighter. They flogged it for two years and never got
from A to B. In a desperate move, they brought their 2001 Tedford
car out of the rafters and put what they thought was their 5.7
tune-up from years ago. Wrong. Same issues and hurt parts.
Enter Tom Shelar who has developed
a camshaft tailored to the NTF hemis. After talking to Tedford
they determined that the car has never run good since putting
a new grind cam in 3 years ago. Shelar gave them a cam and told
them how to run it. What a difference a cam makes. All this time
they changed everything but the obvious. So good to see my friends
with smiles and a positive attitude again. Their runner-up finish
on Sunday shouted, we're back!
Overhead shots, Paul
Sadler, Dan Kaplan and Dave Kommel.
Pair three featured
the ever improving Mike Fuller's "Forever Young" driven
by Bret Williamson. In the left lane was Jim Young all the way
from Wisconsin in his "Young Guns" Neil & Parks
car that is always capable of big numbers.
This is huge. Note the tires
are cupped and the injector closed. At this point one would conclude
this was a toss out run. Wrong.
After a major
pedal job, jaws dropped at Young's time... how about a 5.668
at 253.09 which was low by a bunch at the moment. Williamson
5.873 at 240.42 which was
good for #6 on day one.
Next out after
a two year hiatus was Rick White in the Neal & White entry
out of San Diego. He was paired with Phil Ruskowski down from
Victoria BC, in his SBC car.
Neither car made the first day
cut with White coasting to a 6.591 at 159.27 while Ruskowski
limped to a 7.795 at 122.26.
Next to last pair featured Adam
Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop SBC powered fueler of Bob
McLennan and Tyler Hilton in his "Great Expectations III"
BBC powered fueler.
Sorokin was up in smoke
at the hit.
Hilton ran a clean 5.982
at 229.63 while Sorokin went silently through the traps.
The final pair featured the 2018
NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Top Fuel Champion Mendy Fry in the High
Speed Motorsports entry and Brendan Murry in his Running Wild
late model hemi car.
No surprise to
anyone, Fry goes low with a 5.600 at 231.44. Murry got no love
from the cameras and was a DQ due to an oil down.
1 781 Mendy Fry, Los Angeles
CA, '16 Hadman 5.600 231.44
2 380 Jim Young, Salem WI, '07 Dragster 5.668 253.09
3 706 Pete Wittenberg, Anaheim CA, '01 Stirling 5.718 231.32
4 701 Rick McGee, Exeter CA, '97 Tedford 5.821 225.75
5 736 Dan Horan, Sylmar CA, '09 Dragster 5.873 253.71
6 7238 Bret Williamson, Gilroy CA, '12 Uyehara 5.873 240.42
7 379 Tyler Hilton, Sharonville OH, '12 Horton 5.982 229.63
8 1 Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa CA, '13 Neil & Parks 6.294 165.78
------------ Not Qualified ------------
9 7131 Rick White, San Diego
CA, '06 Hansen 6.591 159.27
10 600 Phil Ruskowski, Victoria BC, '11 McKinney 7.795 122.26
11 766 Adam Sorokin, Glendale CA, '04 Sterling 13.442 69.05