2022 March Meet

 

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FUNNY CAR E3

 

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With the schedule on time, the final four in funny car rolled out to see who would go for the gold. First pair heating the tires were Cory Lee and Geoff Monise.

 

 

Monise got a slight jump and held it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee was done by the 1000' mark and watched Monise take the win with a 5.627 at 251.16. This would fall under the adage of winning the battle but losing the war. Out of parts before the round, this was a borrowed engine and they killed it. Game over after a string of very strong runs.

 

 

 

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To see who would be the beneficary of Monise's misfortune pitted Bobby Cottrell and Kris Krabill..

 

 

Cottrell got out first by .050 and never looked back.

 

 

 

 

 

Cottrell stopped the clocks with a 5.648 at 238.43. Like Lee, Krabill was done early and carded a 6.019 at 184.55.

 

 

 

 

 

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TOP FUEL FINAL

 

Top fuel featured the two quickest cars in the field. Bret Williamson and Jim Murphy who is still seeking his fifth March Meet win to break the tie betwen him and Garlits.

 

 

Both drivers basically left together.

 

 

 

 

In the closest TF race of the day it was Williamson by a matter of feet. His 5.731 at 256.06 nosed out Murphy's 5.771 at 256.75. Popular win for Bret, another disappointment for Jim.

 

 

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FUNNY CAR FINAL?

 

The Funny Car final was a bit anticlimactic, as Geoff Monise threw in the towel for breakage, thus handing Bobby Cottrell an easy win. But, it was really strange. Here is the account from my ace photog, Bob Brown.

"I don’t think he came out for the final race or even a beam break. But, they had a starting line photo shoot with the crew in the dark, before moving over to the Winner’s Circle. Maybe they snuck in the beam break at that time, but if so, I don’t have pics of it. As I recall, it was kind of strange and unsatisfying for someone to win the MM in FC with no actual race. I remember folks saying they were confused about what was going on."

"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."

 

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AA/FA FINAL

 

The AA/FA final was the most exciting race of the weekend. Dan Hix and Mark Whynaught paired up for the trophy and bragging rights.

 

 

At the hit Hix blew the tires off, Whynaught did not.

 

At this point Hix was convinced the race was over until he saw Whynaught slowing in the distance.

"I saw him shut off, and I thought, "No way," because I wasn't giving up yet, not till his light came on, but when I saw him start to slow, I thought, 'Man, are you kidding me?" Hix explained. "And here I come, I had plenty of time to track him down, and wow. I mean, that goes back to my sprint car days right there. I mean, that was fun. Boy, it sure seems like it takes a long time for that car to come back down on the tire at the starting line. But soon as she hit bottom, I was on the throttle and, boy, shot out of a cannon at that point."

Hix took the win with a 7.010 at 208.78. Now compair that to Whynaught's 8.877 at 96.46. Keep in mind this was a close one on the other end. One of the greatest chase down's I've ever seen.

 

 

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NITRO PRO-COMP FINAL

 

The inagural "Nitro ProComp" class boiled down to Lyle Greenberg in his beautiful '77 Corvette NFC and Keith Wilson in his badass '37 Topolino AA/FA.

 

 

 

Wilson got a slight jump.

 

 

 

 

This was one hell of a drag race. Greenberg took the win with a perfect 6.006 (6.00 class index) at just 206.10. Wilson broke out with a 5.836 at 223.58. The difference is Lyle knew his car better than Keith.

 

 

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TOP FUEL

 

In a great drag race Bret Williamson took home his first major win in NTF and gave car owner Mike Fuller his first title in some time. A popular win all the way around.

 

 

 

 

 

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FUNNY CAR

 

No strangers to the Winners Circle are the team of Austin & O’Brien and their driver Bobby Cottrell. The circumstances of this victory are previously reported.

 

 

 

 

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AA/FA

 

In a strange one, Dan Hix took home another March Meet trophy.

 

 

 

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NITRO PRO-COMP

 

Lyle Greenberg loaded his hot rod in to the box and came to the March Meet from Albuquerque just to check mark a bucket list box - to experience the fabled track at Famoso. Check the box and OH, add a trophy.

 

I don't think anybody else was happier with their win. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. On a side note, two weeks later Lyle won the A Field of the Funny Car Chaos at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX. 10K for that one.

 

Lyle with his youngest daughter Rachel. Not only is she a key component of his program, but she is an accomplished driver herself, having won track championships in both Top Dragster and Super Comp.

 

 

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A FUEL

 

Capturing yet another A Fuel title was Kin Bates.

 

 

 

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7.0 PRO

 

The 7.0 Pro title went to Tomy Trimp

 

 

 

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JR. FUEL

 

A new face to the Jr. Fuel Winners Circle was Matt Baldonado.

 

 

 

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A-GAS

 

A/G went to the Voodoo Hemi with Richard Wilson at the helm.

 

 

 

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B-GAS

 

Steve Pullin outlasted he B/G field for the trophy.

 

 

 

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C-GAS

 

One would guess that C/G winner Chris Rea has ties to 7up.

 

 

 

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D-GAS

 

The D Gas trophy went to 80 year old Don Fournier.

 

 

 

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HOT ROD

 

It was Dan Rowley taking home the Hot Rod gold.

 

 

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NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 1

 

Dustin Lee captured the NE-1 title in his slick FED.

 

 

 

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NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 2

 

The NE-2 winner brings back memories of 1960s Jeep funny cars. Well played Jaycen Justus.

 

 

 

 

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NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 3

 

Jeff Follin waded through the NE-3 field to take home a coveted KCRA trophy.

 

 

 

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Page 1 - Funny Car & Top Fuel Q1

Page 2 - Funny car & Top Fuel Q2

Page 3 - Funny car & Top Fuel E1

Page 4 - Funny car & Top Fuel E2

Page 5 - Semi's - Finals & All Winners

 

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