Famoso and Firebird
Team Up for AA/Funny Car Blitz
Auto Club Famoso
Raceway and Boises Firebird Raceway have joined together
and formed the Boise-Bakersfield Blitz, a four-race
points-earning series for AA/Funny Cars in 2013.
The four funny
car events are two of Famoso Raceways Saturday Night Nitro
Shows on June 15 and July 13 as well as Firebirds 43rd
NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor on April 26 28 and the 42nd Pepsi
Nightfire Nationals on August 8 11.
Points are earned
based upon funny-car qualifying positions in reverse order. For
example, in an 8-car show the #1 qualifier earns 8 points, #2
earns 7 points, #3 earns 6 points and downward through the qualified
field; a 16-car field is awarded the same way with the #1 qualifier
earning 16 points. 10 points are awarded for simply showing up
with a nitro funny car and passing tech at each event. A perfect
attendance bonus of 5 points goes to those funny car teams who
are present at all four events.
This was the
second race out of four in the new Boise-Bakersfield Blitz Nostalgia
Funny Car Series. Dan Horan Jr. has won the first two legs and
is running very consistently. He seemed to land on the 5.81 ET
button a number of times this past weekend, and that's not easy
Funny Cars and four Top Fuel Dragsters made appearances on the
track. Low ET of the weekend for all cars was set by Bill Dunlap
in the High Speed Motor Sports Top Fuel Dragster late Saturday
night at 5.79 seconds. In addition to HSMS, Mike Fuller's Forever
Young was on the grounds Friday, piloted by Ron August. On Saturday,
Rick Williamson rolled out in the Craig car, along with Larry
Gotelli driving Bob Richardson's Circuit Breaker.
operations went fairly smooth with the exception of a diesel
powered altered that left an oil stripe the full 1320, taking
an hour and a quarter to clean up. That was immediately followed
by a RED run with a brand new rear end that failed at the launch,
dropping oil out past the 60' mark for another 20 minute stoppage.
The boys were kept busy scraping, sweeping, torching, etc., but
managed to do their usual thorough job for a safe track.
the debut of a new Fiat-bodied Fuel Altered with a ton of horsepower
called the "Witch Doctor", piloted by Keith Wilson.
After an afternoon shakedown run, Wilson made a flame belching
night pass netting a 5.83 at 228mph. That effort ended up with
the car in the sand trap after the chutes failed and the brakes
did all the work to slow the car. There was some damage to the
car, but Wilson was not seriously hurt.
The 7.0 Pro cars
held an 8 car elimination series on Saturday night, with Rick
High coming out on top. The class is now using 6.90 as the index
with the new rules. Plenty of doorslammers, exhibition cars,
several RED's and import tuners kept the action going on the
track. There was a nice parade of towed funny cars moving along
the return road in front of the grandstands at dusk on Saturday
prior to eliminations and it was well received by the crowd.
Nitro Harley's put on impressive performances with the Ruggieros
and Greg Justice making some runs. The evening was topped off
by a pair of jet cars that made runs after the first and second
fuel car rounds. All in all, it was a fun weekend!
Dan Horan Jr.
and his Ronnie Swearingen-tuned 66 Mustang funny car grabbing
the $3,000 prize. When the evening of racing was over it was
Horans bracket-like 5.81 performances that put his Patriot
Mustang in the Famoso Winners Circle with a 5.812, 253.09-mph
The second quickest
winning elapsed time of eliminations was recorded by Robert Overholser
driving Don Nelsons "California Hustler 77
Firebird with his holeshot 5.815/243.28 mph charge over newcomer
Devery Howard in the Bays & Rupert Camaro who
ran 5.810/246.66 in his losing effort.
Boise-Bakersfield Blitz series points shows Dan Horan Jr. in
the lead with 47, second is Robert Overholser with 42, Roger
Garten with 37 and Dennis LaCharite fourth with 33 points.
Here are a few
shots from the first installment of Saturday Night Nitro 2013
held at Famoso Raceway. They are in no particular order.