Then there were eight.
Leading off were Bobby Cottrell and Shawn Bowen.
Cottrell was away first
and never looked back.
Once again the Buckymobile was
at the head of the class with a 5.588 at 256.89 which was the
quickest run of the round by two tenths. Bowen had a game 5.778
at 223.28 losing effort.
The second pair out was
Steve Densham and Jason Rupert.
Rupert got the good light
but it wouldn't be enough.
At the stripe it was Densham
carding a 5.724 at 251.30. Rupert clicked it to a 6.814 at 133.67.
Next out to see who would
go to the semis were Ryan Hodgson and Paul Romine.
Hodgson left first and
just drove away.
Hodgson took the win
with a 5.731 at 251.67. Romine trailed with a 5.960 at 214.35.
To close out the session it was
Rian Konno getting a single when Mike Halstead couldn't make
the call due to lack of parts.
Konno played it smart
and shut off to a parts saving 7.946 at 96.33.
ROUND TWO -
The first of two pairs to see
who'd go to the final was Pete Wittenberg and Bret Williamson
in the Forever Young car that went through a major thrash after
their round one fire.
Wittenberg got the tree
advantage leaving Williamson to catch him.
Wittenberg, who earned his Top
Fuel license at the 2017 March Meet, was going to the final a
year later. His 5.833 at 219.04 held off Williamson's 5.943 at
Team owner, Tom Shelar checked
out the track while Walt Stevens heads up track to perform his
duty of back-up specialist.
Out of the waterbox came
Mendy Fry and Jim Murphy to see who would go to the final.
Murphy was away first
but that was short lived.
Murphy went into tire
smoke at the 60' mark, game over.
Fry once again showed everyone
that the High Speed car was by far the class of the field, carding
a 5.600 at 250.97. Murphy coasted through.
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