After two sessions of Top Fuel Qualifying at the 2016 Good Vibrations March Meet, AA/Fuel Dragster driver Tony Bartone has marched to the front of the field with an early-shutoff 5.66. Adam Sorokin is on the bump for the 8-car eliminator, with one qualifying session left before eliminations begin Sunday morning.
Good Vibrations March Meet, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA, March 2, 2016—A handful of AA/Fuel Dragsters took turns down the legendary Famoso 1/4-mile yesterday in preparation for this weekend’s Good Vibrations March Meet.
Jim Murphy paced the field with a clean 5.72 @ 231mph in “WW2” fueler. Also noteworthy: 2015 NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel Champ Tony Bartone debuted his new Murf McKinney chassis and “Nitro-Hemi” owner Steve Harwood made a hit towards procuring his license in Top Fuel. Jimi Young, winner of the 2012 and 2013 March Meets, pounded the pavement in his Chrysler-powered “Young Guns” entry with a 6.01, shutting off at 800′.
“It’s going to haul,” Young said afterward.
MARCH MEET EVENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 3
3:00 PM – Nitro Testing Session
Friday, March 4
12:30 PM – Funny Car & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 1
3:15 PM – Funny Car & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 2
Saturday, March 5
12:30 PM – Funny Car & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 3
3:15 PM – Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
4:00 PM – Fuel Altered Qualifying Session 2
Sunday, March 6
11:00 AM – Opening Ceremony
11:45 AM – Nitro Final Eliminations
Run Order: Funny Car, Top Fuel, Fuel Altereds
2:00 PM – Nitro Semi Finals
4:15 PM – Nitro Finals
With his second collection of musings on all things nitro, drag-strip journalist Cole Coonce pulls no punches in his mind-warping analysis of the greatest sport in the history of western civilization, drag racing.
Volume 2 of Cole Coonce’s “Top Fuel Wormhole” features in-depth conversations with the luminaries of drag racing, including Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen, Don Garlits, Chris Karamesines, Roland Leong, Dean Skuza, Brent Fanning, Clay Millican and Austin Coil! Only $10.99 at Amazon.com.
AAFD HQ, December 8, 2015—Who says print is dead? Not the AA/Fuel Dragster media mavens, who have organized a digest-format magazine chronicling all of this year’s action from the wildest circuit in drag racing, front-engine Top Fuel.
Available at topfueldigest.com, the 2015 AA/FD Top Fuel Digest compiles explosive coverage of the Bakersfield March Meet, the Boise Nightfire Nationals, Bowling Green and more. Follow the exploits of Tony Bartone, Adam Sorokin, Bill Dunlap and the rest of the fearless fueler heroes as they made 2015 a year to remember. An instant collectible for fans of nostalgia-style Top Fuel, the Digest has 36 pages of spectacular photography and razor-sharp race reporting with contributions from seasoned dragstrip shutter bugs “Max Cackle,” Ted Soqui, and Dave Kommel as well astute correspondence from veteran copy chimp Cole Coonce. -30—
Top Fuel and Funny Car Winners
|YEAR||TOP FUEL||FUNNY CAR|
|1967||Mike Snively||Jack Chrisman|
|1968||Ron Rivero||Fred Goeske|
|1969||Jim Dunn||Danny Ongais|
|1970||Tony Nancy||Hank Clark|
|1971||Don Garlits||Jim Dunn|
|1972||Tom McEwen||Ed McCulloch|
|1973||Dwight Salisbury||Tom Hoover|
|1974||Carl Olson||Ed McCulloch|
|1975||James Warren||Dale Pulde|
|1976||James Warren||Jim Liberman|
|1977||James Warren||beat Garlits||Eddie Pauling|
|1978||Dennis Baca||last 32-car show||Denny Savage|
|1979||Don Garlits||Simon Menzie|
|1980||Connie Kalitta||Jim Dunn|
|1981||Shirley Muldowney||Dale Pulde|
|1982||Lucille Lee||Tom Ridings|
|1983||Danny Dannell||Mike Dunn|
|1984||Gary Beck||John Force|
|1985||Gary Beck||Rick Johnson|
|1986||Don Garlits||John Force|
|1987||Don Garlits||John Force|
|1988||Butch Blair||John Martin|
|1994||Bill Dunlap||Goodguys VRA|
|2004||Jim Murphy||Randy Walls|
|2005||Howard Haight||Mike Savage|
|2007||Brett Harris||Steve Romanazzi|
|2008||Jack Harris||Bucky Austin|
|2009||Brett Harris||Bucky Austin|
|2010||Adam Sorokin||Leah Pruett|
|2011||Rick White||Kris Krabill|
|2012||Jimi Young||Chad Head|
|2013||Jimi Young||Tim Boychuk|
|2014||Tony Bartone||James Day|
Over a couple of beers, Cole Coonce contemplates mortality with a hero dragster driver once declared dead.
He writes: “It was June 2001, and my best friend, Lee, was in a coma at St. Joseph’s ICU in Burbank. He had beat cancer, but complications developed due to a staph infection. Because of belated concerns about germs only three visitors were allowed in his room, including his mom, his common-law wife, and me. I’d go visit Lee every day and bullshit and tell him stories. It was my understanding that he could hear me, despite the lack of response.”
More of “Smoke and Ash” here: http://www.carcraft.com/dragtimes/1420_bakersfield_cacklefest_2013/smoke_and_ash.html