NITRONIC RESEARCH OFFICIALLY UNVEILS "THE LIST"; JIM MURPHY NAMED INAUGURAL RECIPIENT OF "AA/FUEL DRAGSTER LIST" AWARD by Cole Coonce, NR Mojo Wire They say that membership has its privileges and its perks. Such is the case with Jim Murphy...
NITRONIC RESEARCH OFFICIALLY UNVEILS "THE LIST"; JIM MURPHY NAMED INAUGURAL RECIPIENT OF "AA/FUEL DRAGSTER LIST" AWARD
by Cole Coonce, NR Mojo Wire
They say that membership has its privileges and its perks. Such is the case with Jim Murphy and the WW2 race team, as they have earned the spoils and accolades of the NITRONIC RESEARCH AA/Fuel Dragster List Award due to their superlative performance during the 1999 season.
Among the spoils for the recipient: $1000 worth of hardware from Titan Speed Engineering; a single-edition personalized portrait by drag racing's most revered cartoonist, Pete Millar; and swag from the only silkscreen company with a reputation for mixing CH3NO2 into its ink dyes, Mysterion Screenprint.
"The List" ranks front-engined Top Fuel dragsters by the following criteria: Top Eliminator, Low ET and Top Speed at any 8-car AA/FD Eliminator. Despite never leaving the State of California, Murphy and his minions posted superior numbers at a majority of races they competed in, catapulting them in front of some teams that traveled to dates as far away as Indianapolis, IN and Noble, Ok. (More details are available at www.nitronic.com/thelist/)
"We didn't have a problems smoking the tires (last year)," is how Murphy explained their drag strip success. "We killed a little bit of bottom end power--which had been our nemesis--and it made the car more consistent; we didn't beat ourselves." Conversely, the WW2 team made tremendous amounts of rpm on the big end of the drag strip, but didn't hurt any bearings or valve springs. "The times we ran 245 and 246 mph, we didn't do any damage at all," Murphy explained. (In recent seasons, Top Speed has been downplayed in many facets of drag racing, but is rewarded by "the List.")
Murphy and WW2 Racing, whom have taken the Goodguys VRA Points Title consecutively for the last three seasons, will take delivery of their NR List spoils at the Goodguys March Meet (March 10-12, Bakersfield, CA) during a brief starting line ceremony on that Saturday morning.
In defense of not only his premier position on the List, as well as his victory at last year's March Meet and the VRA Points Title, Murphy says his team will unveil an ace-in-the-hole: More bottom end power. "Bakersfield is a good track, but we can still blow 'em off pretty easily. We'll probably put more power back in it. We just moved the power around; if you watched the car last year, it was pretty sluggish out of the gate then it about 100' it started marching pretty well and it just kept building power. I think it will take a little more at the starting line."
THE NITRONIC RESEARCH AA/FD LIST http://www.nitronic.com/thelist/
1. WW2 2. Gotelli Speed Shop 3. Lee Jennings' California Trucking 4. Fuller & Dunlap "Westwind" 5. Champion Speed Shop 6. Suhr & Lechtenberg's "Orange Crate" 7. Steiner & Berger 8. Smith, Allred & Maher 9. Ground Zero 10. Nitro Thunder