2010 nostalgia archives Including loafers and

2010 March Meet (scroll down once you get on that page)

2010 Hot Rod Reunion

March 16-20, 2011

Thursday tesing is here

Friday results

Saturday results

Sunday results

Friday qualifying

(Bob Wilson and Bob Snyder photos)

A few hits from a handful of tests on Thursday produced decent runs from a couple teams. The new all-concrete track and cooler than usual temperatures should net absolutely stellar times. Is this a precursor to the NHRA return to Bakersfield for the big show.

Rookie Will Martin - 6.36 - 220.83 early shut off. He made one more hit right at the end of the day. The first weekend for the dominating 7.0 team from the last few years. How long will it take them to be one of the hitters?

Kris Krabil - 6.53 - 154.81 half track pass. The Pedaler/Gary Turner team will debut a new car later this season. With Cory Lee in their corner this will be one of the toughest teams at the March Meet.

Ron Capps - 10.44 - 80.38 real loose at 200 - 400 feet. But with the braintrust in this pit area, this team will be scary tough this weekend.

Steve Densham - 5.99 - 196.87 solid lap to 1200 feet then a couple rods decided to exit their confinement. The ol' man ran real well in the big show already this year.

Jason Rupert - 5.82 - 215.65 very strong run to 1250 feet

Fighting Irish - 7.97 - 102.80 loose and lifted. Ed Dougan and Charlie O'Neil are back

Bucky's - 16.06 - 75.17 smoked the tires just off the starting line. The Hitter was not happy after blazing the tires in their lone shot Thursday.

Todd Lesenko has both the new Mustang funny car and rear engine Top Fuel car. Todd is sitting in the long skinny car and his eyes are saying, wow that's a long way to the front tires. It's making me crazy. Seriously he will be busy this year, as there are three cars in the Jolly Rogers stable.

Tim Nemeth and Claude Lavoie (below) are two of the tough Canadians in attendance. There are a total of four and all have run well into the fives, including the quickest ever, Tim Boychuk in the Troy Lee Trans-Am.

Jeff Arend gets fitted in the War Eagle Trams-Am. The usual shoe, some guy by the name of Dale Pulde is usually in the seat, but he is recovering from the dreaded Valley Fever, contracted last fall at the CHRR.

Better be fast or else!

In AA/FD, Brad Thompson smoked the tires 20.35 then came back right away for another try.

Pre-entries for AA/FC and AA/FD include 29 floppers and 17 Dragsters. Also there will be 2 - 6 Rear Engine Dragster Top Fuel cars.

The Nostalgia Funny Car news forecasts the Floppers


Preview by Rob Gibson

During the past 53 years, the March Meet has drawn the greatest racers in drag racing history: “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley “Cha-Cha” Muldowney, John Force, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, to name a few.

A new group of racers will be looking to add their names to that illustrious list as the March Meet, part of the NHRA’s Hot Rod Heritage Series, revs up again this week, Mar, 18-20 at legendary Auto Club Famoso.

According to Blake Bowser, vice president and general manager of the Kern County Racing Association, operators of Auto Club Famoso Raceway and producers of the March Meet, nostalgia drag racing’s elite will compete in 10 classes. “Fans will get to see over 400 cars race this weekend,” Bowser said. “Drag racers from around the world will be here. And this year, for the first time, we’re having two nitro qualifying rounds on Friday. It’s going to be a great show – don’t miss it.”

Bowser said Bakersfield is where the racers want to be. “The March Meet is the biggest and the one race you want to win,” he said “All the racers will be geared up; they want to win here in Bakersfield. This is their Super Bowl.”

Drag racing royalty Shirley Muldowney, who is serving as this year’s Grand Marshal, agreed. “The March Meet was always the biggest race and still is,” she said. “They always had the most cars and anyone who was anyone was there.”

Muldowney knows: She made three straight March Meet Top Fuel finals (1980-82), winning it all 1981. “It (The March Meet) was the top win in and around the NHRA national events,” she said. “If you won Bakersfield, you were competitive to go and run the other big races. It was just like winning a national event, but it was even better because there were always a mega number of Top Fuel cars there – more than any other race. It made you believe you could go there and put down some numbers that are well within the pack. You knew that you had found your way, were competitive and good enough to win.”

Competitive is the key word tossed around this year’s race. Reading through the list of entries, Bowser said the competition will be especially fierce in classes such as Nostalgia Funny Car and Nostalgia Top Fuel.

For example, in Nostalgia Top Fuel, defending champ Adam Sorokin, the feel-good story of 2010, will have his hands full. Everyone remembers the touching scene last year when Sorokin won the March Meet and honored his father, Mike, who won the event in 1966 but tragically died racing a year later, before Adam was born. Sorokin used the March Meet win to propel him to win the Hot Rod Heritage championship.

To win back-to-back March Meet titles, Sorokin will have to go through another stellar field, including 4-time winner Jim Murphy, local favorite Brad Thompson, as well as Brett Harris, Rick McGee, Rick White, Denver Schutz, Brendan Murray and Howard Haight.

“And there’s nothing funny about the stiff competition in this year’s Funny Car class,” said Bowser. The field includes veterans Kris Krabil, Nathan Bugg, Dennis LaCharite, Mike Halstead, Dan Horan and NHRA star Ron Capps.

“Funny Cars are a real blast from the past and nostalgia drag racing fans love ‘em,” said Bowser. This year we will run a 16-car field. On Sunday we are also going to do a Chicago-style shootout, where we will take the non-qualified Funny Cars and give them a timed run. We will then bring back the quickest cars throughout Sunday’s eliminations. It’ll be a chance for them to run their car rather than packing up and going home.”

While Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car are the big draws, the lure of competing in any class at the March Meet brings racers from everywhere. An added bonus this year: all winners will earn the coveted “Wally” trophy, the first year the NHRA is handing them out in the Hot Rod Heritage Series.

“What a field of cars and competitors,” said Bowser. “All I can say is let’s race.”
2011 March Meet Race Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

12:00 - 5:00 Parking for Racer, Vendor, and Motor Home

Thursday, March 17, 2011
8:00-5:00 Parking for Racer, Vendor, and Motor Home
10:00-5:00 Race Tech

Friday, March 18, 2011
8:00 AM
Hot Rod TT
D/Gas Q1
C/Gas Q1
B/Gas Q1
Nostalgia Eliminator 3 Q1
AM Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Q1
A/Gas Q1
12:00 PM
AA/Funny Car Q1
AA/Fuel Dragster Q1
Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Q1
AA/Funny Car Q2
AA/Fuel Dragster Q2
C/Gas Q2
D/Gas Q2
5:30 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2011
8:00 AM
Hot Rod TT2
D/Gas E1
C/Gas E1
B/Gas Q2
Nostalgia Eliminator 3 Q2
Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Q2
A/Gas Q2
Prep Track/Break
12:00 PM
AA/Fuel Dragster Q2
AA/Funny Car Q2
Rear Engine Top Fuel Q1
Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Q2
3:00 PM
AA/Fuel Dragster Eliminations Rd 1
AA/Funny Car Eliminations Rd 1
Rear Engine Top Fuel Q2
Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Eliminations rd 1
5:00 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2011
Eliminations starting at 8:30 AM
AA/FC and AA/FD round two at 11:30am
Schedule Subject To Change

Now celebrating 53 years of racing, the March Meet is a three-day speedfest and spectators from around the world and also includes a hot rod car show, swap meet and a vendors’ midway. The 2011 March Meet will be held March 18-20 at historic Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney is this year’s Grand Marshal.

The 2011 March Meet is also the second race of the Hot Rod Heritage Series, the NHRA’s 11-race nostalgia racing series.


December 29, 2010

A new NFC team in the NW and it is from... no surprise, Alberta.

Sitko Family Racing Turning Up the Volume for 2011

EDMONTON, AB - The Sitko Family Racing team and Ace Manufacturing have
partnered-up for the 2011 season and beyond to participate in the
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series.
Brothers Troy and Nathan Sitko along with crew chiefs Ken and George
Sitko are making the move to Nostalgia Funny Car, a class including
pre-1980 American bodied nitro-burning funny cars. The team is very
excitedly working away to prepare their new Plueger chassis and 1977
Plymouth Arrow body for the season ahead and they are very excited about
their partnership with Team Ace Racing.

Team patriarch, George Sitko has been drag racing for 50 years. He has
turned the wrenches on nearly every four-wheeled type of car that NHRA
drag racing has to offer. George will be traveling with the team in
2011 as he and his son, Ken will be sharing the tuning duties on the new
funny car. Ken's sons, Troy and Nathan are the team owners and both are
very excited to have the two responsible for introducing them to the
sport at the track with them for every event. While George and Ken will
be taking care of how the engine runs, Troy Sitko (28) will carry the
position of Car Chief, which means he will be making sure the car itself
is in top shape. Nathan Sitko (25) will be making the cockpit his home
again in 2011, beginning his 18th season behind the wheel, which
includes 7 years in Top Alcohol Funny Car, 2 years in Top Alcohol
Dragster and 8 years in Junior Dragster.

The '77 Arrow body will be painted in the very recognizable Team Ace red
and white colors and logos when the car rolls out of the trailer and
into its pit spot for testing in Edmonton in early May. This marks the
beginning of a very exciting partnership between Team Ace Racing and
Sitko Family Racing. Ace Manufacturing's Harold Parfett is a true drag
racer at heart and he and the Sitko family are heading into the 2011
season with the intention of having a very competitive nitro funny car.
Paired up with a very racer-friendly sponsor like Ace and the experience
of their grandfather and father, the Sitko brothers are ready to make
some noise and go some rounds, starting with the Las Vegas Speed
Spectacular at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, May 28 and 29.
The Team will also be attending events at their home track in Edmonton,
Alberta and a few more in western Canada and the northwest United

Sitko Family Racing would also like to welcome back Hyperion Laser
Rehabilitation and Wellness Centre, Pro Stock Performance and JET Tools
as associate sponsors for the 2011 racing season.

Currently, Ken Sitko is preparing the team's spare motor, George Sitko
is doing some finishing touches on a whole lot of pieces for the team's
new car and Troy and Nathan Sitko are preparing the new chassis and body
for next race season.



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