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FINAL - MONDAY

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FINAL ROUND


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.

 

 

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FINAL ROUND

 

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.

 

 

 

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WINNERS CIRCLE

 

 

Mendy Fry - High Speed Motorsports - 5.59 at 252 mph.
Runner-up: Jim Murphy - broke on burnout

 

 

 

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Ryan Hodgson - Ron Hodgson/Pacemaker - 5.60 at 259
Runner-up: Kris Krabill

 

 

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Brian Hall - AA/FA - The Tramp - 6.06 at 214
Runner-up: James Generalao Jr.

 

 

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Rear Engine Top Fuel - Mike Halstead - Mike's Transmission - 6.04 at 229
Runner-up: Jim Maroney

 

 

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Nostalgia Eliminator 1 - Dan Schrokosch
Runner-up: Dan Martin

 

 

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Nostalgia Eliminator 2 - Todd Fernandez
Runner-up: Danny See

 

 

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Nostalgia Eliminator 3 - Ed DeStaute
Runner-up: Ron Kolb

 

 

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7.0 Pro - Todd Ellingson
Runner-up: Mark Hall

 

 

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A/Gas - Mike Mossi
Runner-up: Steve Galileo

 

 

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B/Gas - Rich Harrison
Runner-up: Doug Aralza

 

 

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C/Gas - Chris Rea
Runner-up: Gary Lynch

 

 

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D/Gas - Ed Carey, 4 time March Meet winner
Runner-up: Mike Rabener

 

 

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Hot Rod - Justin Crosby
Runner-up: Josh Wagner

 

 

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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 soon.

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, they’re probably in it for the points and will be motivated to make the trip.

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Page 1 - Funny Car Qualifying Session 1

Page 2 - Top Fuel Qualifying Session 1

Page 3- Funny Car Qualifying Session 2

Page 4 - Top Fuel Q-2 and AA/FA Q-1

Page 5 - Funny Car Final Qualifying

Page 6 - Top Fuel Q-3 and AA/FA Q-2

Page 7 - Funny Car Round One of Eliminations

Page 8 - Top Fuel E-1 and Funny Car E-2

Page 9 - TF E-2 - FC- E-3 and AA/FA E-1 & E-2

Page 10 - Fuel Finals & Winners Circle

Page 11 - People and Other Cars

 

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