WW2 SETS TOP SPEED, SPREADS THE NITRO DOCTRINE IN BOISE by Cole Coonce, WW2 Racing Mojo Wire 8/21/00, Santa Rosa, CA--In a competitive sense, last weekend wasn't *quite* the slam dunk return to Boise, Idaho he had hoped for, but as far as ...
WW2 SETS TOP SPEED, SPREADS THE NITRO DOCTRINE IN BOISE
by Cole Coonce, WW2 Racing Mojo Wire
8/21/00, Santa Rosa, CA--In a competitive sense, last weekend wasn't *quite* the slam dunk return to Boise, Idaho he had hoped for, but as far as missionary work goes it was most triumphant: in absentia since 1981 and the days of match racing his "Holy Smokes" funny car, Jim Murphy returned to the "Nightfire Natls" in Boise, Idaho with his current hot rod, the WW2 AA/Fuel Dragster, and preached the "nitro doctrine" to the natives who are beginning to understand that this California-based front-motored fueler circuit just may be the wave of the future for independent nitro shows across the country...
And not unlike Lewis and Clark a couple of centuries ago, WW2 and a host of other fuelers were blazing trails into the hearts and souls of nitromaniacs up the Oregon Trail way, joined by a choice selection of AA/Fuel Altereds, Pro Mods and more...
After qualifying second for the AA/FD show with an elapsed time of 6.34 and a trap speed of 222 mph (a time which stood for Top Speed of the Meet amongst the front-engined fuelers), WW2 scored runner-up honors in a field with 10 entries (and not a leaker in the bunch...), ultimately falling to Jack Harris and his "Nitro Thunder" entry in the final round.
Indeed, Harris and Murphy are developing a real rivalry for supremacy of the baddest Chrysler-powered front motored fueler this side of the Continental Divide. (Harris resides in Kaysville, Utah...). This rivalry was piqued when Murphy laid down his do-or-die 6.34 in the final session of qualifying ("The pressure was incredible," is how Murphy described the release of tension after smoking the tires in the earlier session; "(Crew member) Gary (Grisel) proved that white men can jump..."), only to have Harris "pick our pockets" with a subsequent 6.32 that took the #1 qualifier spot away from WW2.
Despite the runner-up finish, the real conquest for WW2--as well as the entire AA/FD circuit--was the missionary work done by the fueler teams, expanding on a 4-car show last year to this year's 8-car eliminator. As Murphy explained, "It's being presented to these people and they are loving it." It was his feeling that this race was ready for a 16-car show (!) in the 2001 edition of the Nightfire Nationals.
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Racing itinerary for WW2:
Goodguys 11th Fall Classic, Sears Point, CA September 9-10
California Hot Rod Reunion, Famoso, CA, October 6-8
Goodguys Fuel & Gas Finals, Las Vegas, NV, October 28-29
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