Bakersfield Friday summary

FIELDS SET FOR SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS AT AUTO CLUB FAMOSO RACEWAY BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- In the opening day of racing at Auto Club Famoso Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Budweiser, qualifying was ...

FIELDS SET FOR SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS AT AUTO CLUB FAMOSO RACEWAY

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- In the opening day of racing at Auto Club Famoso Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Budweiser, qualifying was completed, making way for Saturday's elimination rounds. Mark Niver, Scottsdale, Ariz., wheeled his Top Alcohol Dragster to the No. 1 qualifying spot with a 5.341-second, 268.49 mph pass. In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Oak Ridge, Tenn., resident Von Smith grabbed the top spot with a 5.664-second, 252.45 mph run.

Niver outpaced No. 2 qualifier Jim Whiteley of Grand Junction, Colo., who 5.412 seconds at 265.64 mph. Niver will square off against eighth place qualifier Joey Severance of Spanaway, Wash., in the opening round of eliminations. There were 14 racers vying for the eight-car elimination field.

Smith fended off 16 other drivers who were competing for a place in the eight-car field. But his top qualifying effort was just enough to keep him ahead of Santa Barbara, Calif., racer Jeff Carroll who made a 5.691-second, 253.37 mph lap. Smith will take on No. 8 qualifier Russ Parker, Salem, Ore., in round one of eliminations.

In Comp Eliminator, Dean Carter, Glendale, Ariz., was the No. 1 qualifier while Frank Grossi, Upland, Calif., lead the Super Stock field. Tommy Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., headed up the Stock Eliminator class, Robert Broguiere, Wlidomar, Calif., was No. 1 in Top Sportsman, Paul Gladden, Tracy, Calif., set the pace in Top Dragster and La Mirada, Calif., resident Tom Medlin was the best qualifier in Sportsman Motorcycle.

Racing continues Saturday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Gates open at 7 a.m. and final qualifying and time trials are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. Eliminations begin at noon. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at 4 p.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Budweiser at Auto Club Famoso Raceway are $20. Children 11 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Auto Club Famoso Raceway is located at 33559 Famoso Road in McFarland, approximately 12 miles north of Bakersfield. For more information call the track, (661) 399-2210, or visit www.AutoClubFamosoRaceway.com.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Dean Carter , Von Smith