ALL THE WINNERS
After a two year
absence from the seat of his Nitro Thunder Top Fuel Dragster,
Jack Harris completely dominated the field in eliminations setting
a new world ET record in the process. Here the Harris/Parks crews
fill the frame.
Cami Beck (granddaughter of Gary) his teams 'good luck charm'
and few would disagree this day.
John Hashim gives
Jack the 2008. Ernie Hashim Memorial Award.
A worn out Blake
Bowser (far right) can hardly manage a smile. It was a very long
weekend for Blake, father John and their Famoso crew.
32 Nitro Funny
Cars showed up for the March Meet for an 8 car show. Wow. With
the huge turn out, an 8 car 'B' Field was added.
picked up where he left off at the '07 CHRR - the class of the
field. Austin low in every round of qualifying and eliminations.
In the 'A' final he was paired with Steve Romanazzi.
blowing the tires at the hit, Austin streaked to his second quickest
time of the weekend (5.836 at 243.63) for the title
Bucky and car
builder (and owner of the Plueger & Gyger Mustang) Steve
The 'B' Field
(qualifiers 9-16) was won by Chris Krabill in The Pedaler owned
by Gary Turner. Krabill beat rookie (first time out for car and
driver) Mike Grekul in the Plueger & Gyger car 6.093 at 237.65
to a tire smoking 6.971 at 235.04. All in all the floppers put
on a great show.
tuner Gene Adams and crew likin' it.
No stranger to
the winners circle, Kin Bates won the A-Fuel crown in an anticlimactic
final over home town favorite Darrell Waters. Bates ran an abbreviated
7.388 at 128.00 after Waters went red by a ton.
Scott Parks is
the winningest driver in Nostalgia Jr. Fuel 'A' history and nothing
changed here. Parks was the quickest car all weekend and reeled
off another dandy in the final defeating J.D. Zink 6.869 at 193.50
to a game 6.943 at 189.23.
with the Harris team for the Top Fuel win, Parks returned the
favor and had The Posse pose with them. Parks built the Nitro
Thunder car so the teams are very close.
Jr Fuel 'B' was
an upset win for wily vet Don Enriquez. His opponent, Bud Hammer,
had the quicker car all day and had lane choice in the final
and for some reason took the less favored right side. At the
hit Hammer spun the tires and Enriquez motored on for the win
light with a 7.237 at 184.61.
The AA/GS final
between veteran Steve Woods and Mike Leonard was, in a word,
ugly. Leonard not only went red but had the chute come out before
the 60' clocks. Woods, seeing the fiasco in the other lane clicked
it early to a 7.780 at 124.4.
After five rounds
of racing, the always tough Nostalgia Eliminator class boiled
down to Bob Overholser and Ken Rappaport.
Running on a
7.60 index, Overholser was just a little slyer on the top end
running Rappaport out by -0.049 for the win. His 7.618 at 179.56
beat a too quick 7.551 at 176.50.
The equally tough
NE-2 field ended with Jay Huckleberry over Ken Gillispie who
broke on the bottom end.
John Lyon in
his Woody car defeated Tim Beeman for the NE-III title.
outlasted the 32 car B/Gas field to meet and beat local favorite
Ed Elliot in the final.
Ross nailed down the D/Gas title with a win over Ed Carey.
C/Gas was won
in a close one by Mike Wortman over Scott Hudson.
the Hot Rod class was taken by Shag Wentworth.
PITS N' PEOPLE
shots in random order...
and rows of rigs waiting to get into the pits on Thursday.
before the storm - topend on Thursday morning.
sight on Friday was the Bill Schwartz team grabbing a couple
of spectators walking by to help with an engine swap.
topend has its good side....
Butch Blair had
a full blown garage sale going on behind his trailer. By Sunday
the stack was way smaller.
I live in Grants Pass!
line island Thursday... wasn't so neat come Sunday.
figured a trick way to keep from buying a longer trailer.
Coil was roaming around the track on Saturday.
Condit had a long weekend as the MM Official Starter.
A look inside
the spare parts trailer of the Richardson & Stewart "Circuit
Breaker" TF camp.
shooting from "The Zoo" side of the topend.
It's a bitch
getting old! I owe ex-top fuel driver Kent Terry and this is
payback. Right in the middle of Sunday morning warm-ups its nap
pit was a total thrash after the semi-finals and without the
help of the RB Entertainment crew he may not have made the call
for the finals.
and Darrell Tedford - dazed and confused?
English and Jack Beckman.
You want some
world class photographers? L-R: Steve Reyes, Tim Marshall, Dave
Wallace Jr., Richard Shute, Tom West and the biggest character
of the bunch
.. James Drew.
A lot - too late.
If you don't
know this guy you've probably never raced. Gene "Geno"
Gastelum is the grease that makes the wheels turn in the pits
before, during and after a race. With over 30 years with NHRA
and Goodguys, there's nobody that can make it happen like Geno...
and now we finally know who's the real brains of the two.
and the legendary Vance Hunt (above) and Top Fuel shoe, Troy
Goodell made a rare appearance.
for sure... Marv Rifchin and Ed Iskindarian.
Don Irvin before
he and the crew of the March Meet (below) were recognized for
their incredible work prior to the semi-finals. The Safety Safari,
Starting Line Crew, track clean up and pit management... what
and Tom McEwen were co-Grand Marshall's and they both spent a
lot of time at the track.
Height, with Bucky Austin was on hand with the AAA folks.
in The Zoo
Coming from his
home in Florida, Steve Reyes made a very rare appearance. Tim
Marshall - not so rare.
hands 5 big ones to Brad Thompson for being low ET for TF on
Friday. He also go another $500.00 for Sunday.
Randy Walls was
set selling photo, posters, shirts etc. to raise funds to get
his funny car back on the track. As most know, it went though
a terrible fire at the '07 CHRR and needs a lot of repairs.
One of the many
improvements to the track over the winter was the addition of
(far right) was on hand selling his hugely popular Lions Video
DVDs and there was a constant parade of fellow old time photogs
like Rick Schutz, Jim Sorenson and Steve Reyes.
Mae and Robin Millar set up their Drag CARtoons booth.
was on hand to debut her new publications - 1320 The Magazine
and its a beauty. Here, Nitroman (Steve Wallace) was in costume
long enough to do some PR poses.
Here's a few
shots from the Thursday night March Meet promo at Chuy's. The
turnout was large and the food was great.
March Meet PR
guru Bill Groak loaded with media gear ordering dinner.
Don Ewald, Bob
Brown, Dan Kaplan and Pam Schavrien after dinner. Three of the
four are good photogs... the other does websites.
Hawthorne, Ron Capps and Blake Bowser.
Ron Capps and
his beautiful wife spend his Big Show weekend off taking in every
aspect of the March Meet.
Bob Brown Photos
Stephen Justice Photos
Dan Kaplan Photos
Warren Merriman Photos
Tim Hanaseth Photos
John Ewald Photos
Don Ewald Photos
Pam Schavrien Photos
Darrell Conrad Photos
Jim Phillipson Photos
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