The final sessionl
for the long cars was Saturday afternoon led off by Pete Wittenberg
and Tyler Hilton.
Wittenberg improved with a 5.906
at 205.01 and that moved him up to #5. Hilton once again smoked
the tires early leaving him in the cellar with a best of 8.053
Out next were Rick McGee
and Canadian Phil Ruskowski.
Ruskowski ran his best pass of
the weekend but a 6.756 at 178.90 did not break into the top
8. McGee clicked it early and had to stand on his earlier 6.031
which landed him #6.
out were two of the favorites. Mendy Fry and Jim Young.
into the #3 slot with a strong 5.673 at 255.24 while Fry clicked
it early to a 6.18 at just 151.15. She remained #2 with her previous
The final session went off late
afternoon and the last pair featured two heavy hitters, Jim Murphy
and Adam Sorokin. This was the final round of the rained out
2017 Boise Night Fire Nationals to decide the Top Fuel champion
of that race. This had major points implications. If Murphy won
he would have a 27 point lead, if not he would stay just 7 points
ahead of Mendy Fry.
car in the session was Brendan Murry.
stayed at #8 with 6.656 at 153.89 The field was set.
Session Three - Sunday
pair out was Ron Hope and his son, Brian Hope.
1. Jim Murphy
5.651 @ 249.30
2. Mendy Fry 5.660 @ 224.47
3. Jim Young 5.673 @ 255.24
4. Adam Sorokin 5.742 @ 243.06
5. Pete Wittenberg 5.906 @ 205.01
6. Rick McGee 6.031 @ 199.76
7. Bret Williamson 6.179 @ 175.34
8. Brendan Murry 6.656 @ 153.89
Not Qualified ------------
9. Phil Ruskowski
6.756 @ 178.90
10. Tyler Hilton 8.053 @ 159.59
Brian Hope's 5.96 was too quick
so he was stuck in the #8 spot with an earlier 6.999. Ron Hope
did not improve on his earlier 6.469 which was good for #5.
The next pair
turned out to be one of the strangest AA/FA races ever. Without
question, it resulted in one of the wildest rides ever that didn't
end in an injury or a demolished race car. The pair involved
were Rodney Florenoy and Kurt Cruise.
started his antics at the hit.
left lane Florenoy had issues of his own.
went the front tire that luckily didn't go into the stands.
Why so many photos?
Because I can. Seriously, this car went every way but straight
for 1100 feet and never went on its lid. Luck squared! Our shooters
did a great job of catching it.
Michael Kohn Photo
Next up were Shawn Callen and Nick
Davies didn't improve but his
previous 6.135 left him #2. Callen didn't improve as well and
ended up #6 with an earlier 6.738.
to last pair matched Bryan Hall with Chris Bennett.
Hall went to #4 with
car for a last shot was Jason Richey.
Richey went to #3 with
a 6.162 .
The AA/FA class
runs on a 6.00 index and it was Vince Generalao who came closest
with a 6.125. So, he was #1. Simple. The top four would come
back and race for the title.