Records tumble at largest vintage drag race ever held. March 14th, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA - The largest and most prestigious vintage drag race in the world played out to record crowds at the 45th Goodguys / K&N Filters March Meet...
Records tumble at largest vintage drag race ever held.
March 14th, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA - The largest and most prestigious vintage drag race in the world played out to record crowds at the 45th Goodguys / K&N Filters March Meet held at Famoso Raceway. Acres of hot rods, customized cars and vintage racecars along with some flawless weather all made for a spectacular weekend.
Jim Murphy of Santa Rosa, CA grabbed the early spotlight by pushing his car to over 255 mph during Top Fuel qualifying. The 2003 Champion moved into the final round of action to face archrival Jack Harris from Kaysville, UT where the two battled in a side-by-side thriller that was finished in 5.88 seconds. While setting low e.t for the event, Murphy became the first to win an unprecedented fourth March Meet Top fuel title. Top Fuel was contested in two 8-car fields and Lee Jennings defeated Rick McGee in Top Fuel B. Nitro Funny Car racing has been added to the mix as a professional eliminator this year and it was veteran racer Randy Walls who entered the history books as the first event winner when he pushed his 1970 Nova past Bob Godfrey's "Flamed Fortune" Corvette. Dan Horan Jr grabbed low e.t. and top speed honors for the floppers with times of 6.180 seconds at 238.03 MPH. In other categories; Bill Wayne emerged triumphant over Ron Attebury in A/Fuel competition while capturing both ends of the A/Fuel records in the final with a 6.362 at 219.94 MPH. Burlingame, KS racer Scott Parks ran a string of 7.0 second runs and reset the Vintage Racing Association's record books at 7.003 seconds with a top speed of 189.91 MPH in Junior Fuel competition en route to a win in that category. Don Enriquez was the victor in the Junior Fuel B class. Enriquez dedicated the win to his dad who passed away just weeks prior to the March Meet. The popular gasser categories saw 2003 champion Ed Moss begin this season with a win over John Taylor in AA/Gas after setting the class's mph record in the first round at 206.28 MPH. Augustine Herrera beat Sean Renteria in A/Gas, James Schwartz took B/Gas, Clay Bentson handled Scott Morgan in the C/Gas final and George Madden took D/Gas honors. In the three Nostalgia Eliminator classes your trio of winners were Don Taros, Jim Van Gordon and 2003 NE3 champ Craig Wallace, respectively. Phil Featherston won the Hot Rod class in his vintage Ford Thunderbolt.
The next stop in the Goodguys/K&N Filters West Coast Series will bring nearly 500 vintage racecars to The Strip in Las Vegas, April 30 and May 1. New for this season is evening qualifying and eliminations which means nitro under the stars!