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It's been a year now since my first trip to Famoso Raceway and the famed March Meet. As excited as I was then about having attended, I'm even more "in tune" and enthusiastic about the March Meet, and actually the nostalgia scene as a whole. Why? How about the fact that there were over 30 entries for Top Fuel...which almost doubles the count of some modern day version National event fields. If that's not enough for you, throw in JR/Fuel, A/Fuel, Pro Supercharged doorslammers, Gassers, and an assortment of nostalgia rides vying for two Nostalgia Eliminator classes. The 41st running of the March Meet also garnered record spectator attendance during the course of the weekend, and I doubt any of those folks walked away disappointed.

My sister Tammy and cousin Marty joined me on this excursion, and like me, they were just as impressed by what they witnessed during the three day event. Between meeting so many terrific people and experiencing first hand a win by one of my dearest friends, they couldn't have asked for a more entertaining weekend. It left them wanting more.

The March Meet was full of great side-by-side racing, a car show, swap meet, and many first time event winners. The most notable win was posted by "Wild Bill" Alexander, driving the John Eirich owned "Ground Zero" Top Fuel entry. In a career that spans 40 years and multiple driving jobs, a March Meet win had always eluded him. Just ask Bill about last year's March Meet final round. To say that it took a few days for this win to actually sink in for him, would be an understatement.

That's just one of the many stories behind this year's event. And as I closed with last year, if you haven't been to a nostalgia event yet, find a schedule, pick a race and GO! There's more to all of this than great stories and event recaps...there's a "feeling or energy" to all of this that one needs to experience first hand. I'll now lead you onward to just a portion of the cars that were in attendance in my photo recap. Enjoy! Dawn

The "Bach & Gould" Ford Cammer T/F entry, driven by Fred Bach, was just one of 30 entries vying for a spot in Sunday's eliminations. Plagued by clutch problems, the team was unable to make the tough program.

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

Bill Genco lasted until the semi final round of A/FUEL, where he posted a personal best 6.91 e.t. at 195.14 mph.
Brian Stairs qualified his "Beatnik" entry in the 8th spot of the very tough A/GAS category. Handling problems in the opening round though, forced Stairs to "click it" early.

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

Recently hired "Champion Speed Shop" driver, Rance McDaniel, qualified 4th in the SBC powered entry with a 6.111. McDaniel lasted until the semi final round, where he was defeated by eventual T/F runner-up, Jim Murphy.

Mark Mahood, driving this popular A/GAS Camaro entry, parlayed a number one qualifying spot and consistent mid seven second e.t.s during eliminations, to win his first March Meet A/GAS title.

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

Jim Murphy launches the "WWII" entry during this semi final round match against Rance McDaniel and the "Champion Speed Shop" gang. Murphy advanced to the final round with a 6.126/227.27, to McDaniel's early shut off 7.474/106.90.
Jim Swedberg launched his way into the 13th spot of the JR/FUEL program with a 7.931/159.12, but made an early exit in round one.

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

Despite not having their own class to compete in, genuine Fuel Altereds like the "Rat Trap" may run in the Top Fuel category. Many folks are hoping that the Goodguys will add a Fuel Altered class in the near future. Stay tuned.
Tim Gibson and Team "Mastercam" made quite a few withdrawals from the "luck" department during the weekend. Upon warming the motor on Friday, the team discovered a broken crankshaft, but had left behind their spare motor down in Los Angeles. The team made the overnight drive/thrash, and proceeded to make "B" field during the last qualifying session on Saturday. After losing in the second round to Rick McGee, Team Mastercam was reinstated into the final round, when Jason Howell broke and was unable to make the call. McGee and Gibson faced off for the second time of the day, only McGee made a clean sweep of their meetings by winning the final with a 6.36 to Gibson's 6.56.

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

The always tough Lee Jennings, qualified 7th in the Top Fuel "A" field with a respectable 6.19, but his first round meeting against Bill Alexander left him with nothing more than a tire smoking effort.
Steve Wood garnered a number two qualifying position in the Pro Supercharged class with a 7.06/193. He then stepped up in the opening round with a 6.981 defeating Rich Roberts. Wood met Mike Leonard in the semi final round, but was caught snoozing on the line when Leonard advanced to the finals with a 7.069 to Wood's 7.043! This was a great drag race!

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

Not even a "dropped cylinder" could stop "Wild Bill" Alexander from claiming his first March Meet title. Here Alexander launches in the opening round against Lee Jennings, and the "Ground Zero" driver still posted a great 6.09/210 run.
Howard Haight, driving the "Circuit Breaker" entry, ended up qualifying 17th out of the 28 entries that ran. Haight was granted a shot in eliminations, when the "NASDAQ-NITRO" team opted not to run, due to canard damage sustained during Saturday's last qualifying session. Haight red lighted in the opening round against eventual winner, Rick McGee.

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

Rick McGee, driving the "Tedford-Hester-McGee" entry, won his first March Meet Top Fuel title in the "B" field when he disposed of the Mastercam entry driven by Tim Gibson.
1999 Goodguys Top Fuel Champ, Jim Murphy, not only debuted a new "WWII" paint scheme, but also switched to this retro goggles/face mask attire that is so popular among the nostalgia classes.

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

Rich Roberts qualified his gorgeous "Ramp Rat" Corvette in the 5th position of the Pro Supercharged category, with a 7.34/190. Roberts lost in round one to Steve Wood, when he lost traction and had to abort the run.
1999 CHRR Champ, Gerry Steiner, qualified 5th in the very tough Top Fuel program with a 6.15/236 blast. Steiner advanced to the semi final round, but was disposed of by eventual winner, "Wild Bill" Alexander.

Dawn Mazi Photo

Dawn Mazi Photo

Bill Dunlap qualified Mike Fuller's entry in the 14th spot with a 6.33/215 effort. Competing in the "B" field Dunlap lasted until the semi final round, when he was defeated by Jason Howell.

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