Goodguys announce 16-car Top Fuel field at Bakersfield

Alamo, CA - For the first time in history, the Goodguys 42nd March Meet, March 9, 10 & 11 at Bakersfield’s Famoso Raceway, will feature a qualified 16-car top fuel field. Prior to this year’s race, Goodguys ran a top fuel A program (featuring...

Alamo, CA - For the first time in history, the Goodguys 42nd March Meet, March 9, 10 & 11 at Bakersfield’s Famoso Raceway, will feature a qualified 16-car top fuel field. Prior to this year’s race, Goodguys ran a top fuel A program (featuring the quickest 8 cars), as well as a top fuel B program (second fastest 8 cars in qualifying) at all of the 2000 West Coast Championship Series events. At the March Meet, the top fuel cars will get three qualifying shots for a chance at the 16-car field. They will run Friday 3/9 at 2:00pm and Saturday 3/10 at 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Currently, it is estimated that there are over 40 race-ready front engined vintage top fuel dragsters in existence throughout the United States. Goodguys West Coast Championship Series events routinely draw close to 20 cars for competition. The annual March Meet produces the largest top fuel car counts as 30 cars attended the 2000 edition. “Up until now, we weren’t able to conduct the 16-car top fuel field for several reasons,” said Goodguys President Gary Meadors. “The purse structure and adding an extra round to Sunday’s eliminations were the main issues. Now we will start eliminations earlier on Sunday and we’ve also been able to secure some extra funds to pull-off the 16-car ladder. Both racers and fans will benefit from the new format.”

With the new format, Goodguys top fuel contestants who reach the final round will have to complete four rounds of eliminations. Some teams are more than capable of rebuilding a 3,000 horsepower nitro burning engine four times a day, others who don’t have the required spare parts or crew members to go four rounds have stressed they will make the necessary adjustments to make an extra round of competition.

For the 2001 March Meet, Goodguys has increased the top fuel winner’s purse from $2,000 to $2,500. Brian Van Dyke, an A/Fuel car owner in the Goodguys Series and owner of Cal West Labor, Inc. in Tulare, CA will again match the top fuel winner’s purse at the March Meet in honor of the late Jim Herbert. In addition, the MBNA Corporation has come on board to offer the “MBNA Double Bucks Bonus” program, which will offer one of the 6 professional classes a chance at double the winner’s purse as well as double the winner’s purse in one of the 6 Sportsman categories. If the MBNA Double Bucks Bonus top fuel ticket is drawn at the March Meet (1 of 6 chance) prior to eliminations, a record winner’s check of $10,000 will be paid to the top fuel winner.

Goodguys will start professional eliminations (leading off with top fuel) at all 2001 West Coast Championship Series events at 10:00am. For more information on the Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Association, visit www.good-guys.com or phone (925) 838-9876 Ext. 137…

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