News Drag Strip Riot Drag Strip Girl Drag Strip Ringtones Nostalgia Schedule AA/FD 5 Sec. Club Links Contact

 


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

March 1-4, 2012 - Famoso Raceway-Bakersfield, CA- The 54th Bakersfield March Meet stretched out to a four-day event proved to be a great move by Famoso Raceway management, and a barnstormer event at that. Plenty of new faces surfaced in several classes, surprising attendees with upsets, surprising non-qualifiers, and eventual first time winners. The following photo and video highlights are just a portion of the excitement that happened during this phenomenal event. Enjoy! Dawn & Mark

Hot Rod - The extremely popular Hot Rod class produces some fabulous drag racing action because it is contested as an "all run" category and unlike the other index classes, Hot Rod competitors can adjust their dial-in as they advance. Savvy racers who recognize how their cars will react to changing conditions typically do well, and one could argue that Hot Rod is the toughest class to win simply because there are more ways to lose than any other category.  Remarkably, the 1 & 2 qualifiers both plowed through the field to face off in the final, and it was Chris Pedersen in his 1963 Ford Falcon taking


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.
the win against Gregg Heriford. Pedersen's total package of .032 must have influenced Heriford's decision not to "dump" and likely pushed the runner-up into a .037 breakout.

D/Gas - Five rounds of good close racing on a 10.60 index brought 74-years-young Don Fournier with his jumpy little 1948 Anglia to the D/Gas winner's circle. Fournier faced Mike Silva in the final and both racers ran identical 10.606 ETs, and for Fournier, he essentially won on the starting line with a reaction times of .016 vs. Silva's .041!


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

Nostalgia Eliminator III - Lindsey Lister initiated her Heritage Series NE3 Championship defense in grand fashion, first by securing the number one qualifying spot with a perfect 9.600, then storming through eliminations with superior reaction times. Her final round double-breakout clash against Rich Harrison had both competitors running their quickest ETs of eliminations, the nod going to the young gal from San Pedro at 9.588 to 9.581, in vintage 1972 Shoemaker pipe.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

C/Gas - Thirty-two cars slugged out eliminations in the 9.60-indexed C/Gas category, and when the smoke had cleared it was Justin Shears who emerged from the number 27 spot in his 1967 Nova to claim the title over Pat Walker, 9.62 to a breaking out 9.59!


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

Nostalgia Eliminator II -Bob Johnson's expedition to the NE2 Winner's Circle came at the expense of Robert Davidson (via double breakout), Jim Van Gordon (holeshot victory), Gary Ryan (broke), and subsequently his most exciting win light of the weekend over Rod Horn. Comparing "packages" reveals that Johnson was 5 thousandths quicker than Horn on the tree, and 1 thou slower on the ET. Do the math; the victory margin at the finish line was about the width of a Wally.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

B/Gas-B/Gas finalists Jessie Wooten, and Roy Castagnetto each moved through eliminations in similar fashion, by psyching opponents into missteps at the starting line or finish line. Castagnetto's big-inch Chevelle lead the fender-to-fender finale by a thin hundredth at the launch then ran just 2 thousandths from the 8.60 index for the trophy, while Wooten pushed his chopped 1965 Malibu under with an 8.574 ET.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

Nostalgia Eliminator I - The Schoenfeld family of Murray, Utah has drag racing roots dating back to the earliest "Drag Safari" events held in the Salt Lake area six decades ago. Steve Schoenfeld's original March Meet plans where to enjoy the weekend cheering for his Utah homeboys Brett and Jack Harris, but when he learned of their nonattendance a last minute choice was made to take "Sonny's Toy Too 23T and go 7.60 racing." Schoenfeld's final round opponent, Eily Stafford, had been enjoying an extraordinary weekend by wheeling the "Strange Brew" AA/Competition Coupe past the toughest racers in the category. She defeated defending event winner Kevin Sarginson first, followed by Dale Taros (2011 NE1 Champion), Dan Schrokosch (former NE2 Champion), and then Dave Gruzen (multi-time Champion) on her jaunt to the final. 


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.
In defeating Gruzen, Stafford cut a .000 light for a holeshot victory, which may have left her a little gun-shy. Some pre-final trash-talk between crews prompted Schoenfeld and brother Mike to privately and correctly predict some overcompensation on the tree by Stafford. Shoenfeld's 7.754 ET coupled with a .013 light was quick enough to earn the trophy despite Stafford's better but later (.186) 7.668, and he was also quick to credit his wife, and son Sonny (the car's namesake) for his racing inspiration. 

A/Gas- It was prowess on the starting line that propelled Rafael Quiroga and his potent 728 c.i. 1957 Chevy into the Winner's Circle in A/Gas. Quiroga beat Rick Logsdon, Keith Morovich, and Richard Wilson before facing gasser-class veteran Rob Patten. At 7.671, Patten ran closer to the 7.60 index, but Quiroga won the race by virtue of his .019 light, with a margin of victory of less than 6 thousandths of a second.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

7.0 Pro- The 2010 March Meet Hot Rod champ, Jesse Adams, wheeled his new ride, a sharp Mustang flopper to the win in 7.0 Pro. Adams enjoyed a couple of gifts in the opening rounds when Dave Rosenberg, as well as Tommy Schiffilea, broke, but he strapped a monster holeshot on Paul Peterson to earn his entry into the final where he trounced Terri Lynne Brewster in Jon Rowley's "Retro Rocket." Brewster had really been chopping the tree down in the quarter and semi finals, but balked at the green, then lifted to give the nod to Adams in the final.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

Jr. Fuel- A predictably light turnout in the Jr/Fuel category, with three entries, made the path to the Winner's Circle a little easier for JD Zink who ran unopposed until the final where he met Don Enriquez. Enriquez dispatched Bud Hammer in the semis, and was a mere 22 thousandths behind in the closing battle with Zink. With nearly a century of drag racing experience between the pair, Zink nicked Enriquez by 2 thou at the hit, and 2 hun at the finish.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

A/Fuel- Blown alcohol tuning guru Les Davenport stunned the A/Fuel contingent by  securing the top spot in during the last qualifying session with a stellar 6.197. Davenport laid waste to his side of the ladder with an impressive string of 6.20s and met the undisputed kings of the injected nitro setup in the final. The Bates & Adams B-17 Flying Fortress flew through eliminations from the number 2 position with a string of 6.20s also, setting up a classic "blown alky vs. injected nitro" clash for the crown. Both combatants maintained their scorching 6.20 pace with Davenport shooting down the Bates bomber, 6.222 to 6.298.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

Funny Car Round One Eliminations-Mike Halstead upsets low qualifier Jason Rupert 6.09 to an tire-rattling and early shut off 11.49; Paul Romine gets win over Ron Capps when the Worsham Racing Arrow entry lost power 5.87 to 6.82; Tim Boychuck wins over Dan Horan Jr. 5.75 to 5.91; Brad Thompson defeats Steven Densham in Teacher's Pet entry 5.87 to 5.91; Chad Head advances over Dennis LaCharite 5.77 to 6.95; Rick Rogers defeats Claude LaVoie 6.06 to 7.41; Kris Krabill wins over Donny Watkins 5.81 to 6.01; Dale Van Gundy wins over Will Martin (DQ for not staging under own power) 5.92 to 5.83.
Funny Car Round Two Eliminations- Mike Halstead defeats Paul Romine 5.93 to 6.68; Tim Boychuck advances over Brad Thompson 5.84 to 6.22; Chad Head wins over a red-lighting Rick Rogers with a 5.90; Kris Krabill wins over Dale Van Gundy 5.78 to 6.07.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

Funny Car Round Three Eliminations-Tim Boychuck gets round win over Mike Halstead 5.83 o 5.92; Chad Head earns first final round bid with win over defending March Meet winner Kris Krabill 5.84 to 5.85!

UPDATED: 3/16/2012- NHRA has disqualified both Nostalgia Top Fuel driver, Rick White and Nostalgia Funny Car driver, Tim Boychuck from the 2012 Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series March Meet for a rules violation. Following a post-race inspection both driverís fuel pumps exceeded the maximum allowance for fuel delivery. These disqualifications will result in a loss of all points earned toward the Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series and a loss of the purse money from the event.  Chad Head has been declared the NFC event winner.

Funny Car - With an extra day of open testing, 3 rounds of qualifying, and nearly 30 entries clamoring for a 16-car ladder capped with a 5.87 bump, March Meet attendees got plenty of wild Funny Car action. Jason Rupert set the pace again this year, collecting low ET (5.668) as well as top speed honors with a booming, first-in-the 260s at 262.03 MPH. Roger Garten walked away from a body-shredding explosion in the lights in the beautiful "War Horse" Mustang, and Mark Sanders destroyed the "Mr. Explosive" Nova when he "pinballed" the wall with an open throttle. 


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

UPDATED: 3/16/2012 Chad Head is delcared the winner.  Source link: NHRARACER.com
Top Fuel Round One Eliminations-Mike Irwin upsets low qualifier Tony Bartone 6.76 to 6.85; Bill Dunlap defeats Rick Williamson 5.92 to 6.08; Jim Young gets win over Ernest McClain 6.59 to 10.28; Rick White defeats Brendan Murry 5.62 to 6.00; Jon Rasmussen upsets Jim Murphy 6.21 to 6.30; Adam Sorokin takes out Terry Cox 5.79 to 5.90; Mendy Fry defeats Rick McGee 5.97 to 7.32.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

Top Fuel Round Two Eliminations-Rick White defeats Bill Dunlap 5.62 to 5.87; Mike Irwin gets round win on bye run; Jim Young defeats John Rasmussen 5.86 to 10.86; Mendy Fry defeats Adam Sorokin 5.96 to 7.15.
Top Fuel Round Three Eliminations-Rick White gets win over Mendy Fry 5.94 over an up-in-smoke 9.02, and Jim Young defeats Mike Irwin 5.85 to 6.49.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

Top Fuel - You never forget your first time, and Jimi Young will certainly always remember his first trip to the March Meet where he piloted Frank & Debra Ousley's Crop Duster entry to a well-deserved Top Fuel victory. Young caught much attention at his California debut, the 2011 CHRR, by posting some stunning numbers, specifically a 5.59 number one qualifying blast. At the March Meet he had to be considered a slight underdog to the defending event champ and co-finalist, Rick White. White snagged low ET (5.622) in R1, and Top Speed (261.88) in R2 and appeared to have the performance advantage. At the green, Young moved first and despite cannibalizing the engine at 1000 feet he held the lead for the 5.684 win over White's 5.699 effort.


Use 4-arrow pop out for large HD video screen.

©  M & H Photography -All text, photos, graphics, artwork and other contributed material within the Combustion Chamber  are copyrighted and may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without express written consent.