After rain stopped the finals
on Sunday it was left to a sunny Monday to write the final chapter
of the 2017 March Meet. In the Top Fuel final it was Jim Murphy
who was seeking his elusive fifth March Meet title against Mendy
Fry who was shooting for her first major win, period.
Once again #5 was denied when
Murphy's throttle stop failed on the burnout allowing the engine
to go like 11,000 rpm. As a result, the fuel pump drive broke
rendering his engine DOA. As his crew pushed him back, Fry got
the one finger from the starter meaning she would have a single.
A dejected Murphy was
pushed back as Fry was moving up to stage.
Fry left hard and had
stout early numbers.
Stopping the clocks with a 5.598
at 252.66 Fry proclaimed she would have been hard to beat had
Murphy raced. As many do, the High Speed guys could have played
it safe and saved the parts, but that's not the way Tom rolls.
Relaying a signal from Shelar, Sean Bellemeur gave Mendy the
go-for-it nod, and she did.
Fuel Funny Car boiled down to
#5 qualifier Ryan Hodgson and the current HRHRS Funny Car Champion
and #3 qualifier, Kris Krabill.
Krabill had a slight
jump on the light but Hodgson was ahead by the 60' block.
On the topend it was Hodgson
taking a convincing 5.609 at 259.91 win, but that wasn't the
story. Behind him Krabill's car had erupted in flames.
The fire was so intense
that the fire bottles failed to do their job.
The car came to a stop right
at the first turn-out where the RMR safety team was stationed
and they were on him within seconds.
By instinct, the first thing
Krabill tried to do was get the body up in an attempt to save
it. In this case it was a fruitless effort.
Paramedic Sean Bellemeur happened
to be on the top end celebrating with the HSMS team and was the
first one to Krabill. (note his visor) Sean deemed him well with
the exception of minor smoke inhalation.
The bottom line here is Kris
Krabill walked away from one of the worst Nostalgia Funny Car
fires in recent memory. Thanks to the Rocky Mountain Raceway
Safety Team and all the safety equipment mandated on these cars.
Kris will race another day, just not in an Austin car. He and
Bucky parted ways shortly after getting home from this race.
The Altereds boiled down
the Brain Hall and James Generalao Jr.
Both drivers left together.
This was the first March
Meet win for Hall and the family celebrated accordingly.
Fry - High Speed Motorsports - 5.59 at 252 mph.
Jim Murphy - broke on burnout
Hodgson - Ron Hodgson/Pacemaker - 5.60 at 259
Hall - AA/FA - The Tramp - 6.06 at 214
Runner-up: James Generalao
Engine Top Fuel - Mike Halstead - Mike's Transmission - 6.04
Runner-up: Jim Maroney
Eliminator 1 - Dan Schrokosch
Runner-up: Dan Martin
Eliminator 2 - Todd Fernandez
Runner-up: Danny See
Eliminator 3 - Ed DeStaute
Runner-up: Ron Kolb
Pro - Todd Ellingson
Runner-up: Mark Hall
- Mike Mossi
Runner-up: Steve Galileo
- Rich Harrison
Runner-up: Doug Aralza
- Chris Rea
Runner-up: Gary Lynch
- Ed Carey, 4 time March Meet winner
Runner-up: Mike Rabener
Rod - Justin Crosby
Runner-up: Josh Wagner
For some unknown
reason (to me), AF and Jr. Fuel finals were not run. They were
completed on April 1st at Sacramento. Results should be available
Not so bad for Kin Bates
(Redding, CA) in AF but pretty tough on the Grand Prix Auto team
from Tulsa, OK. Although, since GP won AF at Wild Horse Pass,
theyre probably in it for the points and will be motivated
to make the trip.
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Page 6 - Top Fuel Q-3 and AA/FA Q-2
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