Saturday brought another beautiful
day with noting but sunshine. The first of two top fuel qualifying
sessions had Dan Horan Jr. and Rick McGee out first to put some
nitro in the air.
McGee was on a good pass until
he wasn't. If you look close at the right bank you can see a
tan geyser coming out of the valve cover. That would be a cylinder
minus a spark plug venting oil. In a very rare incident, the
plug blew out, helicoil and all sending the spark plug and the
wire on a journey into the skies. No serious engine damage, some
oil on the track.
Horan clicked it early
to a 6.09 at 229.70. McGee came to a safe stop in 7.03 seconds.
Amanda Wakefield, wife of High
Speed Motorsports bottom end specialist, Kyle Wakefield got all
Wonder Woman to back up Pete because HSMS shared her since Walter
Stevens is the High Speed "BUG" LOL!
Pair two matched Mendy
and Pete Wittenberg, both were solidly in the show.
Wittenberg lit up the
tires before the tree. Home run swing gone foul.
Mendy rattled the tires
past the 60' mark and also clicked it.
Needless to say, neither
improved. <Ivo grin>
Up next was Bret Williamson
and Rick White.
White lit up the tires
by the 40' mark. The left lane was becoming more than a little
Williamson went from zero to
hero with a 5.889 at 226.51 which moved him into the show in
the #5 hole. White was good with his Q1 5.793.
Next up were two drivers
on the outside looking in, Tyler Hilton and Phil Ruskowski.
Ruskowski wounded his engine
running a 6.474 at 218.48 which left him #13 with one shot left.
As for Hilton, his run was done very early and he remained #9
with his Q1 5.982.
Next pair was vet Jim
Murphy and rookie Frank McBee Jr.
McBee was an A/Fuel stand-out
and had a beautiful car and lots of parts going into his top
fuel upgrade. His late model hemi looks like it belongs in an
A/F car especially with the low profile Hilborn injectors never
before seen on a NTF car.
Murphy's aggressive launch
didn't last long and he lit up the tires before the tree.
McBee was soft but hooked
McBee carded an easy
6.59 at 161.79. Murphy would have to wait for Q3.
The BUGs were back in
all new costumes.
Next to last pair pitted
Brendan Murry and rookie Bryan Hall.
Hall getting his top fuel feet
wet clicked it to a 6.17 at 208.17 while Murry was DQed due to
oil and stayed on his Q1 6.23 at 147.21.
Blower belt exit stage
The last pair out for
Q2 was Adam Sorokin and Dusty Green.
Green will not win a
burnout contest but he makes up for it in BUGs.
Its good to be Dusty
Neither team was pleased with
the results. Sorokin shut down to a 6.069 at 211.89 while Green
carded a 6.192 at 184.55 which left them both out of the show
with one session left.
Car Qualifying, Session 3