Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet Classes
260+ mph Nitro Burning kings of the strip
Nitro Burning 250+ mph fan favorites funny cars
Nitro Burning, flame spewing short wheelbase Altered are always a blast to watch them squirm down the track
Rear Motor Top Fuel
270+ mph Nitro rear motor dragsters. The newest addition to the March Meet lineup
Heads up methanol or injected nitro rails, altereds & funny cars
Methanol burning 180+ mph dragsters
Quickest of the index classes running on a 7.0 second index
Nostalgia Eliminator 1
7.60 index class featuring a wide varaity of cars; Altereds, rails, funny cars.
Nostalgia Eliminator 2
8.60 index class featuring early model rails and altereds
Nostalgia Eliminator 3
9.60 8.60 index class featuring early model rails and altereds
7.60 index class with a wide variety of door cars running close to 180 mph
Pre- 73 door cars running 8.60 index
Pre- 73 door cars running on a 9.60 index
Pre - 73 door cars running on a 10.60 index
Variety full bodied vehicles 30 years old or older
2015 Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet • March 5-8, 2015
Is this Heaven? No, it’s Bakersfield, and that is just how the 2015 Good Vibrations March Meet felt to fans and racers alike. Perfect California weather provided the backdrop to an amazing 4 days of drag racing, So many racers showed up to participate that they were spilling into the staging lanes. Fans parked almost 1/2 a mile away to walk to the gates, all to be part of the March Meet. The warm days gave way to the hot action on the drag strip at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
AA/TF Top Fuel
The Top Fuel class was left spinning in the vortex created by Tony Bartone in 2014 when he swept the Heritage series. Every round of qualifying and every race, Bartone dominated with MPH and low ET. As qualifying got underway on Thursday, the Bartone Brothers juggernaut picked up right where they left off in the 2014 season, qualifying number 1 with a 5.573 @241.32 mph.
Bartone quickly dispatched Dan Horan in the first round as the Horan team struggled to get the car down the track. Horan finished qualifying with a head scratching 17.550 @ 43.47 mph. They just ran out of time to get a handle on the car, offering up a 8.534 @ 94.69 mph run to Bartone’s blistering 5.584 @ 232.55mph.
Bartone would skip right to the finals with a bye in the second round and another freebie when Dusty Green couldn't make the call for the semi finals. Bartone ran a 5.597 and a 5.660 in his single rounds.
From the middle of the pack, genetically gifted ace digger pilot Adam Sorokin and the Champion Speed Shop team started their march to the finals. Qualifying #8 with a 5.936 @ 198.76 mph, the team would have their work cut out for them. Round one was their first bit of luck as #7 qualifier Rick White couldn’t make the call, and Sorokin ran a single. The clutch locked up almost immediately at the hit, spinning the tires before the 60’ cone. The car limped through the lights 11.454 @ 84.60 mph. Not a good start to eliminations.
Round 2 paired Adam Sorokin with Bill Dunlap. The tenacious 74-years-young driver qualified in the #2 spot. Adam drilled the start with a .076 RT to Dunlap’s .127. Dunlap’s High Speed Motorsports rail wondered a little left at the hit and by the 1/8 mile had drifted out of the groove as he gave chase to Sorokin. Bill wrestled with the unruly beast as the car lurched back to the right after striking the 1000’ cone. This upset the car in the trap and as the chutes came out Dunlap found himself skating up the concrete barrier. The car climbed up the barrier just a bit as Bill got the program back under control. Adam in the other lane had thrown some rods out and was busy bringing the smoldering Champion Speed Shop car to a halt so the fire crews could douse the brief fire. Sorokin ran 5.705 @ 238.13 mph to Dunlap’s 5.838 @ 209.23 mph.
Sorokin would face #3 qualifier Denver Schutz in the semi’s. The Champion Speed Shop team was thrashing on the car to make the call after the last round. With both of the diggers staged Sorokin cut a prophetic .037 light. He would need it as 2 time runner up Schutz gave chase. Schutz cut a lazy .144 light and stormed to a 5.765 @ 235.97 mph blast, but Sorokin’s hole shot held up with a slower, but winning 5.774 @ 230.10 mph. The Top Fuel Finals were set.
TOP FUEL FINALS
Adam Sorokin and the Champion Speed team had other ideas about letting Bartone abuse the Top Fuel field any further and set the small block dragster on kill. At the tree Sorokin rolled in first. Bartone seemed a little flustered as his digger jolted into the lights. The ambers flashed and Sorokin left first cutting his worst light of the day, a .097. Bartone saved his worst RT for last too, cutting a .143 light. The Sorokin guided Champion Speed Shop car was out first and leaving Bartone behind.
Sorokin was on a charge. .097 to the 60’ to Bartones .143. Adam was 3.717 @ 215.53 mph at the 1/8 to Bartone’s 3.736 @ 215.27 mph, but the small block’s fuse ran out in a spectacular boom around 900’. A big puff of flame and smoke along with some side panels slowed the digger enough to let Bartone charge by with a record setting 5.531 @270.81mph. The Boggs tuned rail detonated at the stripe.
Tony Bartone - “Eight, nine hundred, thousand feet, I looked over, Adam was right there. No letting up, tried to drive it to the finish line. He blew up, I blew up, got the win light.”
Adam Sorokin - “Wow, what a weekend at the March Meet! We struggled early on with a few woes. All the time, the car was showing signs it wanted to run. We had a little luck in the first round of eliminations when Rick White didn't make the call, giving us a single. It was a good thing, because we had a clutch disc issue which resulted in the clutch welding itself up and smoking the tires. 2nd round against Bill Dunlap, the car ran good running a 5.705ET, but it was a wild one with me kicking a couple rods out of the motor and having a fire and Bill going for a scary ride. Semis was a nail biter as we rolled up at the absolute last second to run against Denver Schutz. We had to change a motor, wiring and fire bottles to get to this round. What a crew I have! They are amazing to get that thing back together! The car ran a 5.77ET against Denver's quicker 5.76, but we were lucky enough to still get the win and go to the final. We loaded the car for bear against Tony Bartone. I hit the throttle and held on. My car was a rocket ship! I couldn't hear Tony the whole way down to around a 1000ft. The supercharger could take it no longer, and decided to exit the vehicle....vertically...and maybe horizontally too. I then hear Tony coming, and couldn't do anything about it. He went by at the stripe and took the win. Our incremental’s were better all the way down until that point. We're getting closer to getting the last 300 ft figured out. I can't wait for the next one! Good weekend!”
AA/FC Funny Car
After a few months of slumber for the Funny Cars, the shenanigans got started early as Cruz Pedregon posted a video to the internet calling out the funny car drivers and teams. This light hearted prodding upped the tension as the field made its way onto the drag strip.
Defending Heritage Funny Car Champion turned Big Show driver, John Hale rolled his car off the trailer and to the starting line during Thursday's test session and cracked off a 5.66 sending notice to the rest of the field that despite his vertical move to the pro series, he still had one bad hot rod in the Heritage series.
Friday was the first day of qualifying for the funny cars and things got a little weird. Some of the heavy hitters were struggling to get their cars down the track and by the final session on Saturday, there were a few of the hopefuls on the outside looking in. Cruz Pedregon had issue after issue with the California Charger. At one point the car shook the tires so bad that it broke the wheelie bars off. The Frank Ousley tuned Crop Duster driven by John Capps managed no better than 22nd. The final qualifying position was held by Chris Davis with a 6.008 @ 234.57 mph. Dan Horan lead the field with a 5.715 @ 257.24 mph run.
James Day in Gary Turner’s “The Pedaler” won the 2014 March Meet as the underdog against Horan. This year Day started out in a little better shape qualifying in the #5 slot with a 5.882 @ 239.06 mph lap. Day would face #12 qualifier Mark Sanders in the first round. Day ran a 5.862 @ 240.98 mph to beat Sander’s 5.889 @ 250.60 mph.
Steven Densham placed the “Teachers Pet” flopper in the #2 slot just behind Horan with a 5.739 @ 248.57 blast. He would face #15 qualifier Rian Konno in round one. Densham ran a 5.780 @ 248.99 mph to Konno’s 6.504 @ 158.99 mph.
Day would get a single in the second round as Thompson was unable to make the call and Day coasted the car down the track to save parts.
Densham wouldn't have it so easy as his second round squared him off with ace driver Jason Rupert. Rupert qualified #7 and dispatched Garten in round one. Densham was off the line first with a .097 RT to Rupert’s .135. Densham running a 5.734 @ 247.66 mph to Rupert’s 5.811 @ 251.49.
Day would meet #8 qualifier John Weaver in the semis. Weaver had beat Overholser and then pole sitter Horan with a couple of 5.70’s passes to get to the semis. Day got out on Weaver and never looked back. Day’s 5.801 @ 239.87 to Weaver’s 6.240 @ 171.86 mph saw the 2014 March Meet winner going to the final for the 2nd year in a row.
Densham’s semi against former March Meet winner Kris Krabill was almost his exit to the trailer. Krabill had qualified #6 and made it past Lee and #3 qualifier Townsend to get to the semis. Krabill drilled the light with a .072 RT. Densham was dead late with a .216 RT but the Gary Densham tuneup pulled the “Teachers Pet” past Krabill at the stripe. Densham ran 5.715 @ 251.20 to Krabill’s 5.886 @ 248.11. The MOV .027.
FUNNY CAR FINALS
Day found himself back in the finals at the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet again as the underdog. Densham had lane choice and picked the favorite left lane. Day knew he’d be on the back foot and rolled “The Pedaler” in deep turning off the top light. Densham wasn’t phased as the ambers flashed. Day cut a .019 light but Densham was right behind him with a .095 RT. As the floppers roared off in the twilight the header flames leaped above the window sills. Densham had saved the best for last running low ET of the meet. 5.694 @ 249.16 mph to Day’s strong but losing 5.874 @ 242.41 mph.
Steven Densham - “Couldn’t ask for a better car, couldn’t ask for a better team. My dad was tuning and he had everything set up perfect.”
James Day - “Even with rollin in deep and a .019 light it wasn't meant to be. I wanted that second March Meet trophy but Densham deserved it..... Congrats to an amazing family.”
AA/FA Fuel Altered
22 Fuel altereds showed up vying for a spot in the 8 car field. Sean Belt hitched a ride with the Ousley’s and won over the crowd with their flavor of nitro altered racing. Their basement built, off the shelf parts “Metal Mafia” altered had a sound and style indicative to the fuel altered mentality. Keeping a flame spewing, nitro burning, short wheelbase car pointed at the right end of the race track requires a special kind of crazy and all the timing cones trembled in fear as these monsters took to the strip.
Defending champion Dan Hix dispatched Wilson in the first round when Wilson went a little too fast. 5.860 on a 6.00 index. 2014 Runner up Jeremy Sullivan edged by Chris Bennett. 6.236 to 6.602.
Hix then took on Tom Padilla in a close race. Hix running 6.309 to Padilla's 6.429. Sullivan got past Shane Harter, 6.204 to Harter’s 6.468. The finals were set as a repeat of 2014. Hix vs Sullivan.
Sullivan couldn’t make the call and Hix took a single to claim the 2015 Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet title.
Sean Belt - Metal Mafia AA/FA - “Wow! It seems to be the word I keep using after being a part of the March Meet! As long as I can remember I can recall thinking what it must feel like to run a real nitro car?'... Like it was some far off idea that you see on TV or people only tell stories about. Seeing it in magazines and later on the internet and always seeing the legendary faces and cars and names. Well this weekend it became a vivid full color reality experience! When we towed up to our waiting spot in the lanes for Q1 I poked my head out of the roof hatch of my basement built car powered by my stock all iron home built motor and thought 'holy s**t that's THE famous Sullivan family altered in the lane to face me!'. Suddenly it was real!
The weekend began with crowds coming by and guys sorta whispering and nudging each other with most the comments being 'sure enough this squirrel showed up with an all iron motor on a LITTLE bit of nitro'... but after Q1 with a couple angry dry hops... wing high header flames... a heavy haze of 92% nitro fumes and a shower of sparks from the clutch can... the metal mafia AA/FA became THE talk of the entire event! I was overwhelmed with the amazing response. We've never had an opportunity to even run a quarter mile track before! Very proud to have made several VERY successful runs and earned a spot in an 8 car field that started with over 20 very wicked cars!
No way possible to say how proud I am of my team! In a sport dominated by money and high dollar parts and equipment we were literally bringing a pocketknife to a gunfight! and I'm extremely proud of our results!
Frank and Debra Ousley... you made such an amazing dream a reality for me and my guys. I'm so honored by your generosity!”
AA/RED Top Fuel Rear Engine Dragster
Brad Thompson pulled double duty this weekend piloting his ”Jail Breaker” funny car and the beautiful “Warren, Coburn & Miller” rear engine dragster. Brad took top honours in this fledgling class.
Local Bakersfield racer Darrell Waters returned to the winners circle repeating his 2013 win in A/Fuel. Waters qualified #2 and faced off with #1 qualifier Kin Bates in the final winning with a 6.500 @ 209.10 mph over Bates’ 10.951 @ 83.81 mph.
Scott Parks swept the Jr/Fuel field qualifying #1 and taking the final round with a 7.081 @ 179.78 mph over #2 qualifier Don Enriquez. Don ran 7.178 @ 185.72 mph.
AA/Supercharged saw #1 qualifier Howard Anderson defeat #2 qualifier Gary Reinero. Anderson ran 6.539 @ 213.43 to Reinero’s losing 6.797 @ 206.35 mph.
Jesse Adams survived from the #8 qualifying spot to make it to the finals in 7.0 Pro. This 32 car strong field was full of racers hitting the number with some change. The top 15 qualifiers were separated by less than .080 seconds. Luck was on Adams’ side as Ron Horn broke in the first round. Round 2 saw Richard High hand the win over by going red by -.008. Adams’ was tested in round 3 against Terri Lynne Brewster. Adams ran 7.116 @ 184.12 mph to Brewster’s 7.357 @ 185.15. Jess Sturgeon broke in round 4. #14 qualifier Kenny Buzdas lined up with Adams for the final, but Buzdas went red by just -.006 hand the win to Adams.
Nostalgia Eliminator 1
Another Bakersfield local, Jason Barta, took the NE1 field title, qualifying #1 with a dead-on-the-numbers 7.600. Barta faced #5 qualifier Jimmy Morosan in the finals. Barta running 7.697 @ 153.91 mph to Morosan’s slowing 9.967 @ 97.54 mph.
Nostalgia Eliminator 2
Bakersfield racers racked up yet another class win. Long time Auto Club Famoso Raceway staple (Dragster) Jeff Crider found himself in the winners circle after qualifying a lowly #29 in the huge 39 car NE2 field. Crider faced off against #21 qualifier Bill Workman in the finals. Bill was in a hurry to get this race over and went red by -.177. Crider jumped to give chase going red by .144, but it was over. At the stripe Bill ran 8.572 @ 154.17 to Crider’s 8.606 @ 149.53.
Nostalgia Eliminator 3
Ed DeStaute defeated Roger Turley for the NE3 title. Roger left -.012 early handing the win to Ed. Roger ran 9.600 @ 136.19 mph to Ed’s 9.618 @ 139.85 mph.
Keith Morovich added another win to the Bakersfield tally when he defeated Brian Rogers in A/Gas. Keith cut a .010 light on his way to a 7.630 @ 173.36 mph to beat Brian’s 7.643 @ 173.38 mph charge.
Tom Tourek survived several close rounds to take the title in B/Gas. Brian qualified #7 and faced #10 qualifier Cliff Boyles in the final. Both drivers went a little too fast with Tom running 8.592 @ 156.41 mph to beat Cliff’s 8.577 @ 157.34 mph.
C/Gas driver Wayne Hoover qualified a middle of the pack #13. Once eliminations started, Wayne would drill the tree all weekend long with his worst RT being .036. His Jedi powers giving him a holeshot win in round 1 over Don Flanagan. Wayne saved the best for the finals where he faced #23 qualifier Justin Shears. Wayne cut a perfect .000 light and ran 9.612 @ 139.79 mph to Justin’s 9.616 @ 138.48 mph.
Jake Wood qualified #4 in the huge 46 car D/Gas field. Jake battled his way to the finals where he faced off with #16 qualifier Dan Ficher. Jake’s .043 RT netted him a 10.623 @ 125.76 to beat Dan’s 10.619 @ 124.25 mph on a hole shot.
Josh Wagner rounded off the local’s trophy tally of 5 with a win is the massive Hot Hod class. Round 1 was over 90 cars! Wagner qualified his ‘72 Maverick in the #2 slot and would meet up with #12 qualifier Randy Aguiar in the finals. Both drivers surviving a brutal 6 rounds of racing. Wagner ran a 11.636 on a 11.60 dial in @ 112.11 mph to take the win over Aguiar’s 9.788 on a 9.78 dial in @ 133.87 mph. Wagner’s .053 RT bested Aguiar’s .130 RT for the win at the stripe.
Congratulations to all the 2015 Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet Champions:
Top Fuel - Tony Bartone
Funny Car - Steven Densham
Fuel Altered - Dan Hix
RED - Brad Thompson
Jr/Fuel - Scott Parks
A/Fuel - Darrell Waters
AA/Supercharged - Howard Anderson
7.0 Pro - Jesse Adams
NE1 - Jason Barta
NE2 - Jeff Crider
NE3 - Ed DeStaute
A/Gas - Keith Morovich
B/Gas - Tom Tourek
C/Gas - Wayne Hoover
D/Gas - Jake Wood
Hot Rod - Joshua Wagner
Auto Club Famoso Raceway would like to thank all of the fans that came from near and far to be part of this event. A big thank you to all the competitors that provided some of the best racing in years.Auto Club Famoso Raceway hosts racing events year round. If you enjoy nitro racing then make plans to attend the Good Vibrations Motorsports Saturday Night Nitro events June 27th and September 19th. Visit the website for more details. www.AutoClubFamosoRaceway.com
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