CA - March 11, 2022
annual Good Vibrations March Meet is in the books. It was foretold
there would be weather related delays and they came to fruition.
Hey, its March. Friday was, well, wet. In spite of the weather
they did get one nitro qualifying session in.
Saturday was filled with audibles, Being a session behind for
both top fuel and funny car the schedule was changed. The usual
late Saturday afternoon format features TF final qualifying,
followed by FC first round. This year was different with the
flopper eliminations being moved to Sunday due to weather and
cold track temps.
also a home run at the ticket booth. It was good to see Blake
(Bowser) with a smile on his face. Weather wasn't great but it
was obvious people wanted to get out of their homes and smell
Sunday came and
iIt appeared at times that eliminationa would be a survival of
the fittest endeavor. However, breakage aside, it flowed on and
finished on time, something that doesn't happen much at a March
In the end, Bret
Williamson (Top Fuel), Bobby Cottrell (Funny Car), and Dan Hix
(Fuel Altered) stood in the Winners Circle.
Now I present the new WDIFL format
ie the Reader's Digest version. I can no longer spend the time
I once could doing a dozen shots of each car, each session and
every round. The eyes and hands are going south. My memory is
leaking oil and my back and neck need a transplant. Please enjoy
what we have. Don
*Thanks to Competition Plus for
some of the text used here in.
In top fuel it
was Bret Williamson nosing out veteran Jim Murphy in the final.
The popular win marked the first time Williamson had won with
Mike Fuller who was long overdue.
of my guys, I'm getting teared up already," Williamson said.
"So proud of Mike Fuller. Super cool final round where I
was sitting. It was just header flames for days, man. This 2022
March Meet, pretty sick."
The Funny Car final was anticlimactic,
as Geoff Monise threw in the towel when they flat ran out of
parts, thus handing Bobby Cottrell a single for the win. All
Cottrell had to do was stage the car, and the trophy was his.
"It's not really the way
we wanted to win," Cottrell admitted. "The car ran
great. Bucky [Austin] did a great job, and my crew did a great
job. We thrashed a lot between rounds; A lot of parts were used
up this weekend. It all came together and worked out for us."
In the Fuel Altered world, it
was Dan Hix first out of the gate in the final but he soon went
up in smoke. In the other lane David Whynaught did not and pulled
away apparently on his way to a likely win. But at about the
600' mark his ride quit, like dead quit. Hix got back on the
throttle and ran down Whynaught in the lights.
"That's the most fun I've
probably ever had in this car right there," Hix said. "And
it's funny how sometimes the most wacko runs are just more fun,
you know? You get used to a good run or whatever, but boy, smoking
the tires like that and actually tracking somebody down. I thought
it was lights out, but I wasn't giving up."
Photos by: Bob Brown, Dan Kaplan
and Don Ewald
CAR Q1 - FRIDAY
Friday's action at the 64th annual
Bakersville March Meet was a race against the clock in more ways
than one. The morning schedule was washed out due to rain, and
with a second major storm bearing down on the area, race officials
made the most of a three-hour window to get in a full session
of professional nostalgia qualifying.
The first pair out for Q1 was
Cory Lee in the "Pedaler" '79 Challenger and Dan Horan
Jr.driving his '69 Camaro.
Cory Lee carded a 5.934
at 248.93 while Horan limped through with a 17.60;
Up next was James Day in the
Mathews Motorsports '70 Camaro and Cory McClenathan making his
NFC debut in his '70 Firebird.
Cory clicked it to a
6.254 at 180.84 while Day coasted through with a 19.23
Pair three pitted Gary Densham
in his "Teachers Pet" '69 Camaro and Geoff Monise in
the "Quarter Pounder" '70 Firebird.
Monise ran a 5.688 at 256.75
which would land him #4 for the day. Densham carded a 6.014 at
Up next was Don Knoblauch in
the "Atomic Punk" Camaro and Bob Godfrey in his "Burnin'
Money" 1970 Barracuda.
Both were DNQ for Q1
No introduction needed, Bobby
Cottrell in the Austin & OBrien Bardahl '69 Camaro
and second generation driver Justin Taylor in the Taylor Family
"Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty" '73 Mustang.
Cottrell went low for the moment
with a nice 5.660 at 254.47. Taylor ran a career best 5.764 at
Next pair was Tim Boychuck in
his "Happy Hour" "69 Camaro and Billy Morris in
the "Problem Child" '69 Camaro.
Morris went to the #5 spot with
a 5.751 at 247.57 while Boychuck slowed to 7.584 at 116.68 for
the Friday bump.
Enter Brad Thomoson in his "Jail
Break" '69 Camaro and Kris Krabill in the Bartone &
Thompson shut off to
a 6.589 at 209.38
Then it was Jeff Gregory in the
"Madness" '78 Camaro and Rian Konno driving the beautiful
Kazanjan-Lemon-Konno '73 Mustang.
Konno landed in the middle of
the field with a 5.857 at 232.07 while Gregory carded a 9.462
landing the #17 spot.
Next pair out wsa Terry Jongewaard
in the SoCal Machine Tools '79 Omni and Drew Austin in the Ford
Boss 400 powered Pro-Max '70 Camaro.
Austin set the pace for the field
with a 5.592 at 257.73, overtaking Bobby Cottrell at the end
of the session.
Last out was Kamaka Pocock in
the California Hustler '69 Camaro and Jerry Espeseth in his "Atlas"
Espeseth ended up #3
for Friday with a 5.688.
Pocock carded a 5.970
The fianal pair was Mike Peck
driving the "Quote Wizard" Camaro and John Martin in
the "Nitro Nut'
Peck's chute fell out
on the burnout leaving Martin to single.
FUEL Q1 - FRIDAY
The race againt time (weather)
was intensified by the time Bret Williamson in Mike Fuller's
"Forever Young" Uyehara car and Tyler Hester in the
Tedford & McGee "Overtime Special" rolled out for
Williamson served notice that
Team Fuller was here to play running a 5.916 at 249.72 which
would be low by a tenth. Hester shut off early to a 6.877 at
Pair two pitted Bryan
Hall in the Nomad and Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry.
Murphy would land #3
with a 6.692 at just 154.87. Hall shut off early to a 8.964.
Pair three featured reigning
champ Dan Horan Jr. and Adam Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop
Horan joined the "we can't
get down the track club" with a 7.743 as Sorokin smoked
the tires to the #9 spot with 11.306.
The final pair was Tyler Hilton
in the Hilton & Lee "Great Expectations III" and
2018 March Meet champ Pete Wittenberg.
Hilton went to the #2
spot with a 6.062 at just 194.07. Wittenberg coasted to a 9.947.
The final car out was Brendan
Murry who carded a 7.187 at 126.78 ending a dismal round of the
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