Archive for March, 2009

Funny Car Videos, March Meet 2009 Qualifying, 2nd Round

More nitro-powered Funny Car videos from the 2009 March Meet, at the Auto Club Famoso drag strip. This second round of drag race qualifying saw much better track conditions than the day before. Drag racers in attendance included Steve Romanazzi, who won the March Meet two years ago in the Warrior Vega, and Leah Pruett-Leduc, at the wheel of the Holy Toledo, a Jeep Funny Car. See the full entry for this post &racquo;

March Meet Hot Rod Class Drag Racing Video

“The first Volkswagen winner at a non-Volkswagen event in my 20 years in Bakersfield” -Famoso drag strip track announcer. Props to veteran VW drag racer Mike Lawless, who ran a bunch of rounds against the V-8 guys, on his way to winning the March Meet 2009 Hot Rod class. Mike was tight on his dial-in, and his VW Karmann Ghia engine held up well for the entire day, despite being hot-lapped hard near the end. He runs alcohol with mechanical injection, no fan shroud or air-cooling of any kind. Tow vehicle support was provided by Troy Palmer and his dad. The March Meet is a huge event, with over 500 race cars in 14 classes, so this is an historic victory for the VW drag racing world. This race is the first stop on the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series. Former VW drag racers running at the March Meet included Bob Godfrey, who was driving a Top Fuel Nostalgia Funny Car. The Karmann Ghia that the announcer is referring to was driven by Roger Crawford of Heads-Up Performance, who was testing a nitrous combo the previous weekend. Here are the stats for some of Mike’s passes. You can see more drag racing statistics at the Famoso Raceway website. See the full entry for this post &racquo;

March Meet 2009 Funny Car Video, First Round Qualifying

This Nostalgia Funny Car video covers the first round of qualifying from the 2009 March Meet, held at Bakersfield CA. These drag racers are part of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, and this event was the first stop on the tour. The track surface of the drag strip was a bit cold, so the Nitro Funny Cars were skating around and blowing the tires off. Here are the top eight qualifiers, according to There are also links to drag racing videos of all of the Nostalgia Funny Car rounds. See the full entry for this post &racquo;