A day of mechanical fireworks and attrition gave way to a winner’s circle of excitement as Mike Lewis [AA/FC], Rick Wiiliamson [AA/FD] and Marc Meadors [Nostalgia Pro Mod] headlined the winners from the California Hot Rod Reunion XXI in Bakersfield, Ca.
Lewis, Sr. VP of Don Schumacher Racing, used his off-weekend from the big show to drive the Henry Gutierrez-owned Brand X Mustang to his first career national event victory by beating second-generation racer Steven Densham in the final round.
Lewis, who qualified third, ran a 5.785, 244.38 to snag the victory. He defeated Will Martin, Rian Konno and low qualifier Chad Head to reach the final.
“I just had so much confidence in Paul Smith, Bodie [John] Smith and Virgil Hartman and the whole Texas Jungle team. These guys are perfect and the car is perfect every time.
“We may not have had the seven crew chiefs Chad and Del [Worsham] had but we had three awfully good ones; these guys we have here gave me an incredible amount of confidence.”
Rick Williamson might have lost the championship war to Adam Sorokin, but on Sunday, he won the battle for Bakersfield.
Williamson drove to a 5.809, 253.23, to secure the Nostalgia Top Fuel win over Sorokin’s blower-exploding dragster which slowed to a 6.020.
Wiiliamson entered the event as the No. 1 qualifier and beat Dan Horan in the first round, singled in the second and Tony Bartone in the semis.
Meadors soloed for the Nostalgia Pro Modified crown when Scott Bailey broke on the burnout.
Other winners included Bud Hammer [Junior Fuel], Les Davenport [A/Fuel], Ronnie Lennon [7.0 PRO], Rob Patten [A/Gas] Don Taros [NE-1] Doug Hampton [A/FX].
This event concludes the 2012 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series.
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