- Pre-Race Ceremonies
officially got under way at 11:30 a.m. with several award ceremonies.
Above Mike English introduces Tom McEwen, Tony Waters, Don Prudhomme,
Don Hampton and Art Chrisman
Blake and John Bowser flank the Grand Marshal's Don Prudhomme
and Tom McEwen.
Tom McEwen and Don Prudhomme along with the winner of the 1st
March Meet, Art Chrisman.
accepted a plaque and jackets as being the first member of the
newly established BR Motorsports 5.60 Club. By the end on the
day it raised the question - where did that leave Jack Harris?
He jumped right over the 5.6s and into the 5.5s.
holds $1,000.00 cash and a plaque for being low ET on both qualifying
flanked by Gary, Randy and Cami Beck also collected the low ET
honors for Nitro Funny Car for Friday and Saturday.
Gibbs and Tom McEwen
filled the stands for a full day of racing.
Side" (aka The Zoo) had motorhomes, trailers, vans 10 deep
the entire quarter mile. Fans started lining up for parking spots
a week before the gates even opened.
From the topend
the sea of fans and motorhomes was an awesome sight.
With the first
pair of Top Fuel cars sitting behind the water box ready to fire,
the winner of the very first March Meet 50 years ago, Art Chrisman
did a push start from the top end.
drove the length of the track... a fitting tribute to a great
racer and excellent way to start the day.
was out first by a bunch.
the tires about 30ft from the starting line. He tried to pedal
but the car never hooked back up.
Richey was having
no such problems as he carded his best time of the weekend -
a nice 5.843 at 249.72 for the win.
through with a 10.798 at 71.71. A far cry from his 5.81 qualifying
The second pair
out was Bill Dunlap and Brad Thompson. But this was not a "normal"
round of racing. Dunlap, in Brendan Murry's car, got in on the
break rule due to the tragic loss of John Shoemaker on Saturday.
As a tribute to John they decided to make the call but not to
race Thompson. Instead Bill would do a burnout and stop . Karen
Oie, using the American flag that Judee Shoemaker used to back
up John the last several years, would wave it in honor in a mock
backup. Dunlap would then idle down the track while we all remembered
our fallen comrade. A very touching gesture on the part of the
entire Murry crew.