Bakersfield July 28

Murry & Day Nitro Winners




Here are a few shots from the second installment of Saturday Night Nitro held at Famoso Dragway. Friday night, July 27 started with Friday Night Drags which also served as a test and tune session for the hot rods and nitro cars scheduled to run on Saturday.

A small field of three AA/FD dragsters made two passes. Mendy Fry driving Forever Young, John Rasmussen in Circuit Breaker, and Brendan Murry in Running Wild. Bill Dunlap and the High Speed Motorsports fueler had problems and they elected to not run. Murry took home a “Wally” with a top speed of 203.55 and ET of 6.464. Mendy Fry turned in the low ET of 6.063.

On Saturday eleven nitro funny cars made their first runs at about 8:30 pm. The first round cars were James Day in the Pedaler; Garrett Bateman in Nitro Pirate; Zane Messenger in Future Flash; Rick Rogers in Dark Side; Jack Wright in the Joker, Kebin Kinsely in Pisano Bros, Alex Milodinovich in Hot for Teacher; Don Hudson in Nitro Angel, Dennis Lacharite in Back in Black; Rian Konno in Kazanjian, Lemon & Konno; and Dale Van Gundy in Quarter Pounder. Of these, 8 cars went to the second round which started about 11:00.

After the second round the two quickest funny cars, Zane Messenger in Future Flash and James Day in the Pedaler, were set for the final round. Messenger was the winner of the last Nitro Night but a red light prevented him from repeating his win. Day‘s final run yielded an ET of 5.918 at 237.63 mph. Day qualified No. 1 with a low ET of 5.846 and top speed of 250.13 mph.

The photos are not in chronological order.


































Frank and Leanne McBee, Brendan Murry Karen Oie and Duane Christian.





























































Bob Brown photos















Chuck Beal's new big show flopper was out with Brandon Welch making some license runs.




James Day and Gary Turner


Bill Dunlap


Walt Stevens and Bill Dunlap


Bill Litton was out getting his license in his big show A/FD.


Ricky Nordess NE-1





Track Manager Blake Bowser and PR Director Rob Gibson show off one of their cool new T-shirts.







Tom Shelar


High Speed Motorsports warm-up.




Circuit Breaker warm-up.









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