and Winner's Circle
Sunday morning began for me with
my usual walk through the pits, photographing preparation of
the cars and talking with crews about their plans for the day.
Right off the bat, I encountered
Alex Miladinovich's crew warming up the Hot-4-Teacher Big Show
FC. My eyes were fried from the nitromethane fumes for the next
20 minutes, not a good way to start the day. Later on, Alex is
seen here in pit chore-mode, smiling while carrying a bag of
ice to the cooler after the warmup.
On to Jim Murphy's pit
for another motor warmup.
Jim tests the nitro percentage.
No glass hydrometer used here... Jim says the electronic tester
is very accurate and includes more data for a better mix in current
I swung by Randy Winkle's "Famoso
Speed Shop" garage where his Anglia was out being readied
for the day.
Last pit stop of the morning
was at Bakersfield local racer Dragster Jeff Crider's. Jeff is
very competitive in his NE2 dragster shown here, competing in
the 8.60 class at DragFest.
Jeff also displayed his historic
K-88 chassis dragster with a Chevy engine. This chassis ran 172mph
in 1962 at Half Moon Bay! Later on, NHRA later disallowed the
car due to its 92" wheelbase, so Jeff added an 8" extension
to the chassis pipes and drag link to meet their 100" minimum
WB requirement. Today, it is his pit-mobile.
The very first car down the track
on Sunday was- get this... was Alex Miladinovich's Hot-4-Teacher
Big Show funny car on another licensing pass.
Jim Murphy was right
on Alex's heels, being the second car down the track for the
Steve Walker faced Randy Winkle
in his Anglia in the first round of eliminations for the 10.60
class. Walker took the win.
Tom Bayer (far lane)
takes out Ron Workman in another 10.60 race.
Tim Bewley took an easy
win on a single for his 10.60 first round.
Bruce Boardman begins his successful
day in 10.60. This '55 is very entertaining to watch as he always
Moving to 9.60, Ron Rosso's Corvette
took out Brian Smith's Cougar for their first round matchup.
Ron Anzalone defeated
Jeff Harris in their 9.60 race.
Interesting matchup here- Meghan
Gorman (near lane) takes out Tim Gorman in 9.60 racing. Wonder
if they're related?
Brown drew a single when Scott Russell was a no-show.
Moving on to the 8.60 class,
Tony Bromley's Pontiac Tempest gets eliminated by Doug Hampton's
Gary Davis drew a bye
in the 8.60 first round.
On to the 7.60 hitters where
Randy Winkle ran the Strange Brew car against the steel bodied
Poncho of Jim Data. Jim pulled an amazing wheelstand and crossed
lanes, handing the win to Randy.
The other matchup in 7.60 featured
Charlie See against Eric Christianson. Eric couldn't make the
call, so Charlie soloed to a win in the first round.
Round One of A/FX featured Ken
Moreland in his red Chevrolet and Marv Reisner in his black '65
A couple of contenders in Hot
Rod Round 2 were Rich Fernandez and Tim Bewley, respectively.
Jeff Crider made it through
to Round 2 of the 8.60 class, shown here doing his burnout.
A/FX Round two featured Dave
Budgett (Mustang) against Cliff Lozis (not shown). The other
"pair" turned out to be a single with Chris O'Donnell
in his '65 Dodge. Budgett would face O'Donnell in the final.
Tim Bewley drew a bye
run in this 10.60 semifinal.
Moving onto the 9.60 final, Ron
Anzalone in the Sissel 'T' straight 6 ran against Ken "Racer
Brown" in the yellow Chevy. Ken took the trophy.
For the 8.60 final, it was Dragster
Jeff Crider in the far lane against Gary Davis in his Camaro
with Gary taking the win.
In the 7.60 final, Randy Winkle
in his Strange Brew was pitted against the always-tough Charlie
See in his roadster. Charlie took the victory.
There were other class finals,
but I couldn't cover the Winner's Circle and the racing at the
Trophies were awarded
to each class winner and the respective runnerup.
7.60 Champ was Charlie
7.60 RU was Randy Winkle
8.60 Champ was Gary Davis
8.60 RU was Bakersfield's
own Dragster Jeff Crider
9.60 Champ was Ken "Racer
Brown" in his well-known yellow Chevy
9.60 RU was Ron & Marla Anzalone
in the Sissell '23 T. Ron had already trailered the car and headed
for home, so Marla received the trophy presented by event promoter,
10.60 Champ was Tim
10.60 RU was the hard
charging '55 Chevy named Bad Obsession, driven by Bruce Boardman.
11.60 Champ was Jim Hulse
in his Datsun 240-Z
11.60 RU was Bob Zahner
in his red Chevy Nova
A/FX Champ was Dave Budgett in
his '70 Mustang. I didn't see runner-up Chris O'Donnell come
through the line.
"Open Wheel-Hot Rod 9.60-16.00"
class champ was Robert Alther riding his Harley Davidson 'Screaming
Rod 9.60-16.00" RU was Chris Fredrickson in his Mopar
That wraps up the 2019 DragFest
race at Bakersfield. Here's hoping Randy Winkle and Rod &
Kulture Magazine team up again next year for another fine event!
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