dawned sunny and hot ... hey, its Bakersfield in July!
Out early for
a test was Steve Easton in Godfrey's "Burnin Money".
Steve is the clutch man for Courtney Force's Big Show car and
seems equally at home with both the wrenches and the steering
Bennett in the Pure Heaven IV Camaro.
in the Fighting Irish Camaro.
Guy, Les Mayhew wiring up one of his in-car mini cams.
Rogers in "Smokey's Darkside"
winner Robert Overholser in the "California Hustler".
Howard taking Jason Rupert's seat in the Bays & Rupert Vega.
LaCharite in his Back in Black GTO.
One of three
Top Fuel cars out for testing was Rick Williamson in Mike and
Kathy Craig's car.
Big Show car out for some laps.
Fry and Donnie Couch
Out of the 13
floppers that showed up, the quick eight were comprised of Devery
Howard in the Bays & Rupert "Black Plague Camaro
who went number one with a 5.780 at 246.30. Dan Horan Jr. was
second with a 5.809 at 252.85 mph pass. Robert Overholser posted
a 5.885 to take the #3 spot while Ryan Konno placed the Kazanjian
Lemon & Konno Mustang into #4 with a 5.894. James Day
in the Pedaler was right on Konnos heels with
a 5.899. There was very little breathing room back to Dennis
Taylor who's 5.958 put him in the #6 just ahead of Dale Van Gundys
5.962 and Roger Gartens 6.115.
Then the usual
Chicago style eliminations took place with the four winning ET's
being used to determine the overall event winner. Robert Overholser
(5.72) edged out Rian Konno's (5.75), while Dan Horan Jr. had
his Boise to Bakersfield Series winning streak broken (5.76).
The fourth car would be Roger Garten (6.38) in a notable race.
Opponent Devery Howard in the Bays & Rupert machine red-lit
by an astonishing .221 seconds, so it was all Garten's until
he hit the wall at the top end. Soon after, the announcement
came over the PA that he was out of the car and walking around
to everyone's relief.
Heaven IV Camaro.
With the sun
and temps dropping, the fans were treated to a pre-race parade
with Mike English doing the honors behind the mic.
Among the cars
that didn't make any practice runs was Dale Van Gundy's Quarter
Konno driven Kazanjian-Lemon-Konno Mustang.
Garten's "War Horse" Mustang.
friend Dennis Taylor's slick Evil, Wicked, Mean & Nasty Mustang.
Day in Gary Turner's "Pedaler".
Weeding out the
quick 8, Rian Konno chimed in with a solid 5.89 for his chance
to run for the money.
Gartens 6.115 was good for the bump spot.
Van Gundys 5.962 good for #7.
posted a 5.885 to take the #3 spot while James Day was there
with a 5.899.
Dan Horan Jr.
was second with a 5.809 at 252.85 mph pass while Dennis Taylor's
5.958 put him in the #6 spot.
Best for last,
Devery Howard in the Bays & Rupert Camaro went number one
with a 5.780 at 246.30.
Missing the quick
eight, Ed Dugan in the Fighting Irish Camaro was
just outside with a 6.139. Others who did not make it were Bob
Godfrey who ran a 6.160, Dennis LaCharite, with a 6.265 lap.
Chris Bennett brought out the Pure Heaven IV Camaro
and posted a 7.047. Rick Rogers had a good 5.90 pass in testing
earlier in the day, but some new parts didn't play nice as the
car struck the tires right off the line and he pedaled to a 7.132.
The finals paired
James Day and Ryan Konno as the first pair. Day struck the tires
around 100 feet out as Konno stunned the crowd with a career
best 5.753 at 248.39 mph.
and Dennis Taylor were then paired. Both left hard but Taylors
Mustang started throwing parts out the headers on the top end
slowing to a 6.859 at 115.64. Overholser's stellar 5.720 at 246.84
would be good enough for the "winner" money.
Dale Van Gundy
was unable to make it back for the finals so that put the #9
car, Ed Dougan up against Dan Horan Jr. Ed got a nice lead at
the hit .119 to .176 . The Fighting Irish held the
lead until it got out of the groove and lurched to the left giving
Horan a 5.764 at 253.66 win.
The final pair
out was Roger Garten and number 1 qualifier Devery Howard who
went red by -.221. In spite of the red, Garten took off after
Howard to give the fans a show. However, Howard realizing he
went red clicked it. Garten had his hands full and drifted out
of the groove into the left.
Garten kept it
out of the left wall but not before the car came back to the
right smacking the right wall with a glancing blow. The crippled
car went through the lights 6.385 at 161.52 mph. Garten was unhurt.
Some of the cars
took advantage of the track on Friday to do some testin' and
tunin'. Here are a few random shots along eith the other cars
(son of WDIFL photog Steve) and Tony Ruggiero were out again
putting laps on their new Nitro Harley's.
With Track Manager,
Blake Bowser in the forefront, the Famoso crew tried out a new
"nostalgia" tree at the end of Friday night with a
few door cars. It had the appearance of a pair of traffic stoplights
coupled side by side and replaced the normal tree that the track
A simple red,
yellow & green arrangement aimed at each lane harkened back
to the old days and seemed to be enjoyed by those who stayed
to watch the tryout at the very end of the night.
White in the Neal & White NTF car.
Gotelli Jr. was out once again testing the Circut Breaker NTF
they do, the jets put a period on the night.
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