BAKERSFIELD MARCH MEET - EVENT NOTEBOOK | Competition Plus
Bakersfield, CA - March , Horrible economy and a mixed bag of adverse weather conditions aside, the edition of the March Meet wrapped up. By The Bakersfield Californian; Mar 3, ; 0 "For fans and racers, the March Meet is all about drag racing and always has been," said Blake Bowser Bakersfield Speedway opens its season on Saturday with IMCA Modified, Hobby Stock. Adam Sorokin, who won the Top Fuel title at the March Meet, will be Drivers in all divisions at Bakersfield Speedway can sign up for.
Garlits got it done on a holeshot, 6. Dunn accomplished what Snively could not the year before, becoming the first to win in both fuel classes when he beat Dave Condit to win the Funny Car title. McEwen scored his first major victory when he beat Winternationals champ Carl Olson in the final with a track record 6.
In what was a remarkable run, Dunn again reached a March Meet final his third in four years but conceded the Funny Car title to Ed McCulloch after his mount lost fire. Dwight Salisbury joined the list of long-deserving Top Fuel winners to finally strike paydirt. After beating Garlits on a holeshot earlier in eliminations, "Sals" beat Randy Allison for the win. Tom Hoover ended McCulloch's bid for a double in the Funny Car final, and Lambeck was relegated to runner-up in Pro Stock for the second straight year, this time at the hands of Larry Huff.
Olson made good on his second trip to the final. McCulloch reached his third Funny Car final and again collected the win, this time on a solo when Twig Zeigler could not back up his Pizza Haven machine after his burnout. As hard as it is to believe, it took until for Warren and Roger Coburn to win their hometown's biggest event, but the Ridge Route Terrors did it in terrorizing fashion with a blitz of five-second passes, including a 5.
Warren capped the win with a 5. Dale Pulde defeated Prudhomme in the Funny Car final. Hard-luck Nancy again was the runner-up, this time shut off on the line with a fuel leak. Eddie Pauling won Funny Car. Dennis Baca, near lane, defeated Graham Light.
Baca lost the blower belt on his pass, but Light had already smoked the tires.
Denny Savage won Funny Car. In what to many marked the beginning of the traditional great race's demise, the Top Fuel field was reduced to just 16 cars.
Simon Menzies won Funny Car. Kalitta finally added his name to the list of double March Meet winners and did it by beating archrival Shirley Muldowney in the semifinals and tire-smoking again Light in the final. Dunn scored again in Funny Car when Prudhomme smoked the tires in the final.
Muldowney added her name to the Who's Who to win the race when she defeated hometown favorite Doug Kerhulas in the final. Muldowney reached the final the following year as well only to be upset by upstart Lucille Lee in what was the first all-female Top Fuel final.
Lee also won the Southern Nationals that month, but Muldowney got her revenge by defeating Lee in the final of the Springnationals. Another shocking winner was crowned in former sand drag racer Danny Dannell, who denied Muldowney in her third straight final-round appearance at the event. Gary Beck and crew chief Bernie Fedderly won their first of two straight.
Reigning world champ Gary Beck won Top Fuel, capping a dominating performance by beating team boss Larry Minor and his matching Miller Lite car in the final, 5.Top Fuel March Meet clips from 09 March Meet 2010 is March 5,6,7
With the Top fuel field pared to just eight cars, Garlits won again but did it in dramatic fashion with a 5. With the world rapidly losing interest in the event, Garlits scored his fifth March Meet win on former starter Larry Sutton's red-light, and Force defeated McCulloch in the Funny Car final. Gabe Wood's neat Nostalgia II altered en route to an 8.
Tough as nails Ron Capps serves as the model. Ed Dougan slows in the beautiful Fighting Irish after a qualifying run on Saturday.
He enters Sunday eliminations as the 20th quickest.
Denver Schutz ended qualifying as the eighth quickest in Nostalgia Top Fuel. For times a season, Ron Capps climbs behind the wheel of a modern era Funny Car. When time permits, he joins the Nostalgia Funny Car car events in Bakersfield. After Friday's qualifying, he was the No. The Terry Cox team works on Friday night to prepare their dragster for Saturday qualifying. Brendan Murray waas fourth quickest in Top Fuel. Don Hudson burns out behind the wheel of the Twig Zeigler tribute car.
He nearly crashed the car after crossing the center-line and coming close to Todd Lesenko. Josh Crawford brings the legendary Blue Max into Saturday unqualified.
A salute to the March Meet | NHRA
The legends are out in force this weekend. The Rain for Rent tribute car warms up between prior to Friday's action. Nothing starts the day quite like a stroll through the Bakersville swap meet. This three-day event, held Marchkicks off the Nostalgia racing season. And the crowds this weekend will rival any national event that we race at right now.
It's an unbelievable event to attend, and an even bigger one to race at. To be able to say that you've won the March Meet would be beyond unbelievable.
This March Meet brings in between 4 and 5 million dollars for the local economy. That's unprecedented in this day and age. All proceeds from these special events will go to local charities.
Gary Turner team owner and crew chief, Cory Lee, have been hard at work making subtle changes to the power combination, in hopes of continuing their momentum from last season. After qualifying second with a strong 5. On the second run, it had the wheels up for feet so I short-shifted and we ran 6.