Drag Illustrated Issue 176, May / June 2022 - Page 13

BACKING IT UP

Fan-favorite back-up girl Heidi Austin guides her boyfriend , Bobby Cottrell , back to the starting line after a burnout in the Bucky Austin-owned Bardahl ‘ 69 Camaro Nostalgia Funny Car . The team rolled into Bakersfield as the defending NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series champions for the fourth consecutive year , and their performance at the 64th annual March Meet indicates they ’ re ready to go five in a row . Cottrell and the Austin team ended the weekend in the winner ’ s circle , scoring back-to-back victories at the prestigious nostalgia drag racing event .
Photograph by David Beitler Famoso Dragstrip | Bakersfield , California | Sunday , March 6 , 2022
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