2014 Bakersfield March Meet • March 6-9, 2014
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Fax: (661) 399-2608.
Auto Club Famoso Raceway
33559 Famoso Rd.
McFarland, CA. 93250
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2013 March Meet - Young Repeats and Boychuk finds Redemption
Weather and the March Meet go hand in hand. Someone posted on Facebook “It wouldn't be the March Meet without a little rain.” And indeed mother nature showed that she still could have her say, for a little while. After a rained out Friday and a delayed start on Saturday, fuel qualifying and eliminations got underway for the 2013 March Meet.
Everyone was anxious to get started racing at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. During Thursday's test session, Top Fuel Driver Tony Bartone blasted off a 5.561 with an early shut off. He was 217 mph at half track and coasted through the lights at 220 mph having obviously clicked it somewhere past half track. This was the fastest ET for a FED to date. The pass was made during a test session so the number won't go into the books, but it sure was a booming start to the weekend.
At the end of a cold Saturday of qualifying, Jim Young had poked the Crop Duster in the number 1 slot with a 5.68 @ 245.18 mph just in front of a determined and hard running Denver Schutz. Schutz started eliminations from the #2 spot with a 5.736 @ 255.25 mph. Rick White was right on his heels with a 5.738. Series champion Adam Sorokin could manage no better than a 13.807 as the Champion Speed car had massive tire problems and never got a good pass during qualifying.
Round 1 of Top Fuel saw Jim Young take on Adam Sorokin. On paper this should have been over before it started but the Champion Speed Shop guys showed why they won the championship last year and gave the Crop Duster a scare with a stout 5.873 @ 240.77 mph. Young clicked a 5.656 @ 264.44 to send Sorokin and the guys packing.
Meanwhile Denver Schutz drew #11 qualifier Tony Bartone in round 1. Bartone was unable to post a huge qualifying number like his pass on Thursday, but everyone knew what the car was capable of and this first round for Schutz wasn’t going to be easy. Bartone beat Schutz off the line but slowed to a 5.98 @ 201.58 mph while Denver ran a 5.71 @ 246.30 mph to get to round 2.
4 time March Meet winner Jim Murphy qualified 7th place with a 6.068 @ 211.49 mph and faced #6 Bill Dunlap in round 1. Bill fouled at the start and Jim took a shot at lane choice with a 5.90 @ 215.20.
Rick White went to the next round when #10 qualifier Howard Haight broke. #4 Rick McGee got past #9 Larry Gotelli Jr. with a 5.745 @ 228.00 mph to Larry’s 6.207 @ 189.90 mph. Rick WIlliamson drilled a .036 light to click a 5.807 @ 227.88 mph to Ron August Jr.’s 6.00 @ 237.55 mph.
Rick White, Rick McGee and Rick Williamson all advanced to round 2 making it pretty easy for the tower announcers as round 2 had 3 Ricks, 2 Jims and a Denver thrown in just to mess up the scheme.
White and McGee squared off in round 2 with an amazing side by side pass with White running down McGee after a late get away. White clicked a 5.675 @ 258.57 mph to McGee’s 5.766 @ 214.93 mph.
Young and Murphy paired up next with Murphy putting age and treachery to use on the light with a .022 reaction time, but the Young piloted Crop Duster ran down the WW2 digger. Young ran a 5.689 @ 266.11 mph to Murphy’s 5.802 @ 254.40 mph.
Denver clicked off a 5.654 @ 254.86 to beat Williamson’s 6.402 @ a slowing 164.45 mph.
In round 3 Jim Young would get the bye for a trip to the finals as Denver Schutz and Rick White faced off. Schutz’ digger ran hard for the first 1000 feet but fell off in the top end as White tried to run him down, but Denver crossed the stripe first with a 5.692 @ 243.94 mph as White was charging with a 5.766 @ 252.80 mph. Young took a shot at lane choice but struck the tires and coasted through with a 8.008 @ 97.58 mph. The finals were set. Young vs Schutz.
For Denver, a trip to the finals was a long way from 2012 when his dragster drove into tire shake and drifted out of the groove in qualifying. The digger then went cone hunting, collecting the ⅛ mile cone just about square on the nose. Denver wrestled the car back into his lane getting the beast up on 2 wheels and slapping the wall before throwing the laundry out and bringing the adventure to a close. Denver wasn’t hurt, but it was a quick end to his weekend.
Jim Young was a long way from his house in Salem, Wisconsin, but he obviously feels right at home in Bakersfield, piloting the Frank and Debra Ousley owned Crop Duster to the finals 2 years in a row. Holding the #1 qualifying spot would do him little good as Denver had lane choice going into the finals late Sunday afternoon.
Neither team or driver was going to leave anything on the line. Young was relegated to the right lane as Denver chose the left lane. No one had won in the right lane all day. As the cars blasted away from the starting line it looked dead even. Both cars left hard and sashayed down the groove with header flames belching into the twilight sky. At the stripe it was Jim Young in the Crop Duster running his best ET of eliminations; 5.651 at a thundering 269.08 mph to beat Denver’s 5.703 @ 242.15
“Nothing beats this,” Young said. “Two in a row. The car ran flawless and the crew did a great job. The chassis worked good and the track was great. I can’t say enough about the crew and Frank tuning, and the Neil and Parks chassis. It’s awesome. Ousley Racing really has it going on.”
34 Nitro Funny Cars showed up for the 16 car field at the 2013 March Meet. Tricky qualifying conditions after Friday’s rain pushed the bump to 6.021 with Rian Konno locking in the #16 spot. There were some serious hitters that failed to qualify for the 16 car shootout as everyone tried to come to grips with the conditions. At the end of Q2 Jason Rupert had climbed to the top of the pile with a 5.702 @ 254.47 mph with #2 Ron Capps and #3 Steven Densham close on his heels. As the slug fest began Sunday morning it was quickly apparent that low 5.80s or .70s was what it was going to take to survive to the next round.Mark Sanders began his comeback from a nasty 2012 qualifying accident with a brand new car tuned by his Son Jake Sanders. #10 qualifier Mark Sanders would face off with # 7 qualifier Dan Horan. Sanders would turn on the win light with a 5.765 @ 251.53 to Horan’s 5.803 @ 254.04 pretty much setting the standard for the close competition in the funny car field.
Will Martin was lucky to be at the March Meet after a freak driveline issue in testing before the race left the Jam Air team in limbo. CP-Carrillo stepped in to help get the team to the race. 25 years ago team founder John Martin won the last “Modern Day” March Meet and set the track ET record in nitro funny car. John is currently battling health issues pulling him away from the business and race team. Martin qualified the Jam Air car in the #13 spot.
”I don’t think a race means more to me than the upcoming March Meet,” said the younger Martin. “We almost pulled the plug on testing and the first few races due to dad’s health. However, dad, being the true racer he is, said go test and get ready to kick butt, so that’s what we are trying to do.”
Round 1 paired WIll Martin against # 4 qualifier Chad Head. Head promptly sent the Jam Air team home with a strong 5.752 @ 253.09 mph to Martin’s 6.075 @ 207.08 mph.
#5 John Hale defeated #12 Dennis LaCharite. Hale running 5.818 @ 248.98 mph to Dennis’ 5.950 @ 245.72 mph
Ron Capps drew #15 Garrett Bateman in round 1.
“Winning here would go so much deeper than a trophy or the win,” Capps said. “This is one of the races I never missed as a kid. Whether my dad raced or not, I was always with him as a kid.”
Capps defeated Bateman. 5.838 @ 244.92 mph to Bateman’s 6.034 @ 237.09 mph.
#14 Roger Garten got a free ride into round 2 when #3 qualifier Steven Densham couldn’t make the call. Garten clocked a 5.975 @ 250.46 mph.
Del Worsham drew heavy hitter #11 James Day in the battle of the Arrows. Del winning this round with a 5.775 @250.46 mph over Day’s 6.080 @221.74 mph.
Tim Boychuk was on a mission to prove that last years trip to the finals wasn't a fluke. After being stripped of the win last year when the fuel pump failed post race scrutiny, the Canadian set his sights on making everything right again. First in line was #9 Robert Overholser. Boychuk had qualified in the #8 spot with a 5.852, Overholser in the #9 slot with a 5.869 a difference of 0.017. As the two staged, no one could call this one. Side by side the floppers roared off to the finish line with Boychuk edging out Overholser with a 5.753 @ 252.43 mph to Overholser’s losing 5.858 @ 246.30 mph.
In round 2 Roger Garten upset Del Worsham in a side by side duel to the stripe. Garten running a 5.804 @ 244.21 mph to Worsham’s 5.851 @ 246.89 mph.
Boychuk paired up with #1 qualifier Jason Rupert. Rupert struck the tires and Boychuk ran a 5.859 @ 239.06 mph as Rupert coasted through the lights with a 9.904 @ 85.27 mph.
Head defeated Hale as Hale smoked the tires. Head running a 5.709 @ 254.18 mph to Hale’s 9.057 @ 98.63 mph.Ron Capps and Mark Sanders squared off in round 2. Sanders was a little late on the light but the Mustang ran hard and clicked the lights with a 5.863 @ 238.55 mph to Capp’s tire shaking pass of 6.239 @ 219.19
Round 3 had Sanders vs Garten for a trip to the finals. Sanders and Garten left side by side. Sanders with a RT of .148 and Garten with a RT of .149. At the stripe it was Sanders by a nose. Sanders’ winning 5.858 @ 238.09 to Garten’s 5.873 @ 245.94 mph.
Boychuk and Head lined up for a showdown, but just as Head came up on the rev’s the clutch pedal broke and he rolled through the staging lights. Boychuk caught it out of the corner of his eye and aborted his pass. Boychuk rolled out the top at 12.8 @ 65 mph. He would not get lane choice against Sanders.
As Boychuk and Sanders came back to the line for the finals the air was electric around the racetrack. No matter who won, it was going to be epic. Sanders coming back from a hard crash in qualifying last year and Boychuk proving last year was no fluke. Everyone was on their feet as the nitro fumes hung in the still evening air. The ambers went out and the the 2 floppers leaped from the starting line. But by 60 feet it was over. Sanders’ Mustang had twisted the splines out of the drive shaft. Boychuk’s Firebird was on a bender clicking the lights with a 5.814 @ 249.21 mph. Sanders’ Mustang limped down the 1320 feet by sheer willpower.
“It’s a good feeling after last year’s fiasco and to get it done again was just perfect,” said Boychuk. “Feeling a bit of redemption here.”
Sanders was elated with his runner-up results. “We are on Cloud 8 -- Cloud 9 if we’d won -- but it took a year for me to come back, and six months for my kid Jake to build this car and body. We are back and this is a great way to start it off!”
Group 1 and 2 Results -
A/Fuel was an emotional round for the Waters crew. The legendary Tony Waters passed away in December 2012. Darrell Waters had been to the finals before only to be denied the victory. Waters qualified #1 and was paired up Bill Wayne in the finals on Monday. Both drivers were on the wheel with Waters trailing Wayne off the line by a 1/100 of a second. Waters ran him down running 6.352 @ 220.58 mph just nipping Wayne’s 6.432 @ 211.69.
Wayne Ramey survived the Jr/Fuel eliminations meeting Richard Brady in the finals. Brady went red and Ramey ran a 7.046 @ 187.68 mph on a 6.98 dial in.
Michael Peck battled through the 23 car 7.0Pro class to take the win over Bobby Cottell in the final round. Peck wins with a 7.027 @ 166.91mph on a 7.0 index. Cottrell had problems and coasted through the lights 18.88 @ 39 mph.
NE1 - 7.60 Index
Winner - Danny Schrokosch 7.627 @ 167.93mph.
Runner Up - Steve Schoenfeld 7.631 @ 165.76 mph.
NE2 - 8.60 Index
Winner - Rick Nordness 8.611 @ 145.69 mph.
Runner Up - Jason Francev 8.550 @ 154.67 mph (Broke out).
NE3 - 9.60 Index
Winner - Roger Turley 9.539 @ 135.67
Runner Up - Lindsey Lister 9.507 @ 134.60 mph.
A/Gas - 7.60 Index
Winner - Dean Hill 7.551 @ 183.49 mph.
Runner Up- Ray Padgett 7.604 @ 180.14 mph. Foul -.003
B/Gas - 8.60 Index
Winner - John Saliani 8.612 @ 157.37 mph.
Runner Up- Kevin Riley - 8.584 @ 151.41 (Broke out)
C/Gas - 9.60 Index
Winner - Ken Brown 9.576 @ 130.48 mph.
Runner Up- Jason Barta 9.544 @ 137.13 mph.
D/Gas - 10.60 Index
Winner - Ed Carey 10.681 @ 120.83 mph.
Runner Up- David Mallory 10.753 @ 124.51 mph.
Winner - Alan Ross 10.355 @ 129.38 mph on a 10.37 dial inRunner Up- Bill Smith Jr. 11.981 @ 113.45 mph on 11.99 dial in. Went red by -.078
Auto Club Famoso Raceway
33559 Famoso Rd.
McFarland CA. 93250
Office - (661) 399-2210
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