There are 12 front-engine (AA/FD) dragsters pre-entered for this weekend’s 62nd Bakersfield March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. The event marks the season opener and the first of five races in the 2020 Nostalgia Top Fuel series.
Defending event champion Adam Sorokin will debut a new Champion Speed Shop AA/Fueler headlines the field along with two-time March Meet champ Rick McGee, who is stepping aside for his nephew Tyler Hester, who will drive the Tedford & McGee “Overtime Special” in his first March Meet competition.
Tyler Hilton and the big block Chevrolet powered “Great Expectations III” are heading to the March Meet for the first time since his grandparents Jim and Alison Lee campaigned the original “Great Expectations I” in 1967. Tyler’s Dad and Crew Chief Robert Hilton, along with tuning ace Grandmother Alison Lee, will represent three generations of Top Fuel family heritage at Bakersfield. After a Funny Car tumble at the Winternationals exhibition, Dan Horan Jr. is rolling in with the Pete Kaiser-tuned dragster tribute to his late father, the legendary driver “Digger” Dan Horan Sr.
Jim Murphy will gun for a record fifth March Meet victory in his “WW2”, and 2018 March Meet winner Pete Wittenberg is making the connection in the “KMA Circuit Breaker.” Brendan Murry will put the whip to his “Running Wild” 426 Hemi and 2011 March Meet champ Rick White will fire up the Neal & White “Autopower” entry. Dusty Green is bringing it back in threes with his “Triple Threat” hemi, and Bret Williamson will pilot the Mike Fuller Motorsports “Forever Young” fueler.
Bryan Hall put the finishing touches on the H&H Nomad hemi, and Frank McBee Jr. is back in the Valley Thunder Racing fueler. Both racers launched their new cars into the mix at the California Hot Rod Reunion last fall and are ready to put up a new year’s fight. 2018 and 2019 season champion Mendy Fry and the High Speed Motorsports team are out of the running for now, with no plan for a return at this time.
The March Meet Top Fuel battle kicks off with a Nitro Testing Session Thursday at 3 PM. Qualifying Session One is scheduled for Friday at 3 PM. Session Two hits at Noon on Saturday with Session Three at 3 PM.
Eliminations begin Sunday following 11 AM opening ceremonies. Head over to the Auto Club Famoso Raceway for the latest March Meet information. Schedule subject to change.