War Horse Funny Car Trying to Live up
by Bruce Mullins
Bruce Mullins has the War Horse FMFC solidly in the 5.80s,
but will that be enough in NHRA Division 1? Photo by Greg Gage
Hello everybody. I know it's been a while since my last update, but unfortunately, it has been a very busy last couple of months. I'll try to catch everyone up in a quick nutshell, so here goes. The season opener was a disaster. Some mis-made pistons caused a lot of internal damage on the first pass, resulting in an early shutoff 6.10 second ET. Unfortunately, the damage was too great to continue so the weekend was over.
Next came the national event at Englishtown, NJ. A nice 5.85 @ 237 placed the War Horse #4 in the final qualifying order. In the second round, the track wouldn't hold the power and an out of shape pass couldn't hold off Bob Newberry.
Then came the season opening Division 1 race at Maple Grove. A supposedly safe tune-up resulted in a small fire and a wounded motor. Apparently, the fuel pump started to go bad at E-town. At Maple Grove, it showed up by pushing out a head gasket. This hurt the cylinder head too much to continue. What made things worse was the fact we ran 5.88 @ 235 mph on the run and that held for #3 on the qualifying order.
This week Bill Barrett will put the fuel pump on his flow bench to make sure this is the problem. However, with the recent problems, the Bruce Mullins Racing team has decided to skip the second Division 1 points race at Delmar, Delaware, and do a little testing. What better place to test than as one of the booked in funny cars at the Superchargers Showdown this Saturday at MIR in Budds Creek, Maryland? I am looking forward to racing under the lights. Hope to see everyone there. It won't be so long before my next update.