Drag Illustrated Issue 176, May / June 2022 - Page 36

Dirt Racers Win Battle Against Mother Nature at 64th Annual March Meet

By David Beitler

The 64th annual Bakersfield March Meet at the historic Famoso Dragstrip turned out to be a race against the weather with nostalgia drag racing being the winner at the end . On Friday , the cold and wet weather gave track officials and racers only a three-hour window to get qualifying rounds in . Saturday had more rain coming in from noon on , which allowed only one more qualifying round . The planned second session got delayed due to showers and an oildown well into the night , so the track was already too cold to provide enough traction for the nitro cars .

After the qualifying days concluded , last year ’ s NHRA Hot Rod Reunion Fuel Funny Car winner , Drew Austin , stood on top of the ladder after posting a 5.592 at 257.73 mph . Shortly behind him was Billy Morris with his 5.603-second , 257.14 run . Bobby Cottrell ’ s 5.660 at 254.47 run got him into third , Jerry Espeseth 5.688 at 257.48 became fourth quickest and Geoff Monise ended up fifth out of the 23 cars entered with his 5.688 at 256.75 run .
Bret Williamson grabbed low e . t . in Nostalgia Top Fuel with a 5.789-second , 252.90 run . Pete Wittenberg clocked a 5.868 at 240.94 for second and Jim Murphy 5.937 at 235.27 for the third spot . Tyler Hilton got the fourth spot with his
6.092 at 194.07 run and Adam Sorokin completed the top five with a 6.092 at 221.74 run . To everyone ’ s surprise , Dan Horan and his team failed to adapt to the tricky weather conditions and failed to qualify for the eight-car field . He
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