Fredericksburg, Virginia, March 24 - Bruce Mullins Racing has had a very busy week. Tuesday evening saw Pro Funny Car racer Bruce Mullins spend several hours with East Coast motor guru Bill Barrett, going through the entire fuel system on...
Fredericksburg, Virginia, March 24 - Bruce Mullins Racing has had a very busy week. Tuesday evening saw Pro Funny Car racer Bruce Mullins spend several hours with East Coast motor guru Bill Barrett, going through the entire fuel system on Barrett's flow bench. Mullins and Barrett were looking for the problems that have raised havoc with the War Horse team on its last few outings. After five hours of work, the probable culprits were discovered. A fitting at the bottom of the fuel pump sucked air under pressure, and was the probable cause of the burst panel explosion at the IHRA Winternationals. The duo also discovered a problem with the spool in the barrel valve. Unknown to the Mullins team, it had been modified, throwing the car's tune-up out of whack.
Other small problems were discovered when Barrett took the fuel pressure above 100 PSI. This explained why the mad pit thrash in Darlington could not find any problems - fuel pressure readings of 100 PSI cannot be obtained on jack stands. The flow bench was extremely helpful and was a truly a learning experience for Bruce. The War Horse team also disassembled the engine this week and was gratified to find no damage. Unfortunately, Bruce's busy work schedule - painting cars during the day and fabricating race cars at night - will not permit the War Horse team to attend the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals, presented by Castrol GTX, on April 7-9 at Rockingham Dragway.
The first race of the season for the War Horse Ford Mustang will be the Easter Funny Car Classic at Waynesboro, Virginia, on April 23. After the late night at "Professor Barrett's" flow bench, the Bruce Mullins Racing Team hopes their early season problems are behind them. The only place to go from here is up!
Fans of the War Horse Ford Mustang Pro Funny Car can keep tabs on the team at http://www.brucemullins.com