SUNDAY - WINNERS ARE CROWNED IN THE FINAL HERITAGE RACE OF THE SEASON
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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FRIDAY QUALIFYING - LEWIS, WILLIAM LEAD NITRO QUALIFYING AT CHRR
Mike Lewis [AA/FC] and Rick Williamson [AA/FD] topped first day qualifying at the California Hot Rod Reunion at AAA Famosa Raceway in Bakersfield, Ca. The nitro divisions have one more session on Saturday afternoon before the first round of eliminations begin later in the day.
Lewis, driving Henry Gutierrez’s Brand-X tribute car, thundered to a 5.820, 243.16 in a 1971 Mustang tuned by Paul Smith.
“I’m totally blown away,” said Lewis. “We made a couple of runs under similar conditions and made the same exact run. I would have never guessed a .92 would stay low. We are blown away and happy to be in this position headed into Saturday with one session left.”
Lewis edged Jeff Arend, who is driving Dale Pulde’s War Eagle Pontiac Firebird. Arend ran a 5.826, 236.84.
Tim Boychuk sits on the bubble with a 6.013.
Williamson, who is trailing Nostalgia Top Fuel point leader Adam Sorokin by less than three rounds, jumped to the top of the dragster field with a 5.750, 261.02. Rick White was second with a 5.783. Sorokin was 13th.
The Nostalgia Pro Modified division was led by Terry Housley from London, Texas.
Housley, who is a two-time IHRA Pro Modified series champion, ran a 6.167 elapsed time at 233.80 mph to edge Scott Bailey’s 6.226. Marc Meadors sits on the bubble with an off-pace 8.836.
Other provisional low qualifiers include Kin Bates Sr. [A/Fuel Dragster], Bud Hammer [Jr. Fuel], Ron Huegli [Pro 7.0], Jimmy White [A/Gas], Don Toros [Nostalgia Eliminator-1], Ernie “The Attorney” Algorri [A/FX].
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