Bakersfield: 2018 California Hot Rod Reunion Saturday Results
Oct. 20

SECOND DAY OF CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION DELIVERS ACTION-PACKED THRILLS TO IMPRESSIVE CROWDS

 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (October 20, 2018) – The second day of the 2018 California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California delivered high-speed competition and entertainment to the massive throng of fans who gathered at Auto Club Famoso Raceway on Saturday.

 

California Hot Rod Reunion honorees including Grand Marshal Kelly Brown, Bob Brandt, Jerry Darien, Jim Murphy, Rick Voegelin, and Dave Wallace Jr. were on hand to sign autographs and interact with fans throughout the day before taking part in a celebratory parade that evening. NHRA Mello Yello Series Funny Car drivers John Force and Robert Hight also participated in autograph sessions providing a special treat for fans of the series.

 

In Nostalgia Top Fuel, Mendy Fry kept her No. 1 spot, running a 5.592 ET at 239.14 mph. She will face Dan Horan in the first round of eliminations on Sunday morning.

 

In Nostalgia Funny Car, the third and final qualifying pass set the 16-car field in the early afternoon. Steve Densham maintained his top qualifying position from Friday. Densham turned on the red light in his match-up against Geoff Monise in one of only a handful of upsets during the first round of eliminations on Saturday evening.

 

Several NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series championships were secured throughout the day including Bobby Cattrell who clinched the Nostalgia Funny Car championship when he qualified seventh at the event. This marks Cattrell’s first series championship in this category. Ed Carey also clinched the championship in D Gas.

 

The day concluded with the ever-popular Cacklefest featuring restored or recreated nitro-burning machines firing up with the help of a push start, reminiscent of the early days of drag racing.

 

Eliminations at the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California continue Sunday at 8:30 a.m. with nitro coming to the track at 11 a.m. 

 

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Saturday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 27th annual California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California at Automobile Club Famoso Raceway. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.

 

Nostalgia Funny Car -- 1. Steven Densham, Camaro, 5.679, 252.90 vs. 16. Geoff Monise, Monza, 5.886, 236.80; 2. Dan Horan, Camaro, 5.689, 258.71 vs. 15. Bill Windham, Camaro, 5.885, 245.18; 3. Matt Bynum, Camaro, 5.691, 257.48 vs. 14. Tim Nemeth, Firebird, 5.853, 244.12; 4. Jeff Arend, Firebird, 5.714, 252.90 vs. 13. Cory Lee, Challenger, 5.825, 250.74; 5. John Hale, Camaro, 5.732, 253.04 vs. 12. Brad Thompson, Camaro, 5.799, 218.80; 6. Jason Rupert, Camaro, 5.733, 251.77 vs. 11. Tony Jurado, Camaro, 5.794, 244.52; 7. Bobby Cottrell, Camaro, 5.738, 246.93 vs. 10. Ryan Hodgson, Camaro, 5.787, 245.00; 8. Rian Konno, Mustang, 5.750, 251.67 vs. 9. Matt Melendez, Challenger, 5.760, 232.99.  

 

Nostalgia Top Fuel -- 1. Mendy Fry, Hadman, 5.592, 239.14 vs. 8. Dan Horan, Dragster, 5.873, 253.71; 2. Jim Young, Dragster, 5.661, 252.57 vs. 7. Rick McGee, Tedford, 5.761, 217.56; 3. Bret Williamson, Uyehara, 5.665, 252.71 vs. 6. Adam Sorokin, Sterling, 5.720, 243.59; 4. Rick White, Hansen, 5.705, 247.25 vs. 5. Pete Wittenberg, Stirling, 5.716, 250.27.

 

A FUEL -- 1. Drew Austin, Parker, 5.850, 232.83 vs. 10. Shawn Corbari, Davidson, broke; 2. Kin Bates, Tuttle, 5.918, 233.76 vs. 9. Sabrina Capps, Davidson, 7.967, 109.75; 3. Dennis Allen, Allen, 6.054, 222.84 vs. 8. Jerry Kumre, Sterling, 7.534, 179.23; 4. Wayne Ramay, N + P, 6.088, 223.17 vs. 7. Shayne Stewart, Ford, 6.242, 217.84; 5. Rick Ewens, Sarmento, 6.152, 214.86 vs. 6.Gary Wheeler, Yancer, 6.180, 224.21.

 

Junior Fuel -- 1. John Marottek, N + P, 6.868 vs. 10. Ken Mickey, RHC, 10.288; 2. Don Enriquez, Farr, 7.216, vs. 9. Wayne Williemsen, Dragster, 8.178; 3. Alan Hull, Farr, 7.109, vs. 8. Ward Francev, Dragster, 8.203; 4. Matt Baldonado, Farr, 7.137 vs. 7. Michael Lardy, Boulton, 8.051; 5. Brad Woodard, Dragster, 7.040 vs. 6. Tim Beeman, Uyehara, 7.081.

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Final round-by-round results from the 27th annual California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California at Automobile Club Famoso Raceway, the of two events in the NHRA Motorsports Museum:

 

A FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Drew Austin, Parker, 5.972, 232.95 was unopposed; Dennis Allen, Allen, 6.033, 224.92 def. Jerry Kumre, Sterling, 7.439, 182.33; Kin Bates, Tuttle, 6.100, 212.23 def. Sabrina Capps, Davidson, 8.270, 103.51; Gary Wheeler, Yancer, 6.179, 222.00 def. Rick Ewens, Sarmento, 6.346, 190.22; Wayne Ramay, N + P, 11.514, 73.28 def. Shayne Stewart, Ford, 6.739, 150.15;

 

JUNIOR FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Matt Baldonado, Farr, 7.204, 186.02 def. Michael Lardy, Boulton, 7.995, 164.73; John Marottek, N + P, 7.083, 157.65 def. Ken Mickey, RHC, 8.330, 155.60; Don Enriquez, Farr, 7.169,

185.23 def. Ward Francev, Dragster, Broke; Tim Beeman, Uyehara, 7.171, 187.29 def. Brad Woodard, Dragster, Foul - Red Light; Alan Hull, Farr, 7.086, 186.64 def. Wayne Williemsen, Dragster, Foul - Red Light;

 

NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Matt Bynum, Camaro, 5.748, 251.67 def. Tim Nemeth, Firebird, Foul - Red Light; Geoff Monise, Monza, 13.290, 57.06 def. Steven Densham, Camaro, Foul - Red Light; Dan Horan, Camaro, 6.177, 246.26 def. Bill Windham, Camaro, 6.471, 221.23; Jeff Arend, Firebird, 5.682, 253.80 def.

Cory Lee, Challenger, 6.156, 189.82; Brad Thompson, Camaro, 5.742, 232.87 def. John Hale, Camaro, 5.969, 220.37; Bobby Cottrell, Camaro, 5.767, 245.45 def. Ryan Hodgson, Camaro, 5.809, 257.83; Rian Konno, Mustang, 5.838, 245.81 def. Matt Melendez, Challenger, 5.862, 234.57; Jason Rupert, Camaro, 5.638, 232.79 def. Tony Jurado, Camaro, 5.826, 246.57;

 

 

The Hot Rod Reunions are produced by the NHRA Motorsports Museum and benefit the facility located in Pomona, Calif. The NHRA Motorsports Museum is a 501c (3) non-profit institution. The Museum’s mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on American culture. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the vehicles, stories and artifacts that represent America’s affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms.

 

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