2017 Bakersfield March Meet Nostalgia Drags Coverage

Fans of old school drag racing unite! The world famous, history-rich March Meet returns to the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California with nitro-burners and spectacular show cars galore.

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Monday Final eliminations wrap up

Ryan Hodgson took home the hardware in funny car

Ryan Hodgson took home the hardware in funny car

The 59th annual Good Vibrations March wrapped up Monday after rain showers and falling temperatures ended Sunday’s racing prematurely. Free admission was given to anyone who wished to attend the final rounds after the downpour of rain, cold temperatures and winds forced the track officials to post pone racing for the day. Racing on Monday kicked off around 10:00 a.m. and saw some great on-track action and a scary ending in the Nostalgia Funny Car class. Kris Krabill went for a wild ride as his Funny Car burst into flames around the 1,000-foot mark in the final round. Krabill brought the car to a  stop and climbed from his burning race car unhurt. The charred race car suffered extensive body damage as well as some chassis component damage. The car appeared to be having trouble following the burnout. Car owner Bucky Austin believes it was a valvetrain failure and driver Krabill believed it might have been something in the  drivetrain. While Krabill went for his fiery ride, Ryan Hodgson sailed to the March Meet victory with a 5.609 at 259.91 mph.

Mendy Fry retuned to top fuel and scored the victory

Mendy Fry retuned to top fuel and scored the victory

In Top Fuel, Mendy Fry in her High Speed Motorsports dragster scored the win over Jim Murphy. Murphy’s dragster broke the fuel pump on the burnout and was unable to make the run. Fry, in her first appearance back behind the wheel of a nostalgia dragster, put a stellar 5.598 at 256.88 mph on the scoreboard to cement the title.

In the AA/Fuel Altered class, Bryan Hall in “The Tramp” muscled his way past James Generalao Jr. for the title with a 6.06 at 214.45 mph to a 6.434 at 189.42 mph.

Bryan Hall in the Tramp AAFA captured the win on Monday

Bryan Hall in the Tramp AAFA captured the win on Monday

In the rear engine Top Fuel dragster class, Mike Halstead in the Mikes Transmissions dragster put a 6.046 at 229.43 mph on the boards to Jim Maroney’s 7.293 at 135.61 mph to capture the March Meet title.

In the Nostalgia Eliminator classes (1, 2, & 3) Dan Schrokosch, Todd Fernandez, and Ed Destaute picked up the March Meet trophies, respectively.

Todd Ellingson took home the trophy in 7.0 Pro.

Mike Mossi, Rich Harrison, Chris Rea, and Ed Carey each picked up the wins in A Gas, B Gas, C Gas, and D Gas, respectively. In Hot Rod Justin Crosby grabbed the trophy.

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