CPTV VIDEO - THE NITRO AT BAKERSFIELD
When it comes to the Nitro at the Bakersfield March Meet at Auto Club - Famoso Raceway, there are few if anything nitro talkes a backseat two. Our hard working video team has put together recaps of the top three categories for your enjoyment. It's Bakersfield, it's nitro; nothing else seems to matter.
AA/FD - THE RECAP
Pete Wittenberg qualified No. 1 and then raced past the competition in three consecutive rounds to capture the prestigious title.
“It is pretty emotional,” Wittenberg said. “We’ve won this twice and I’m still beside myself that we won it once. It is unbelievable. It has been a long haul from the first one and this one. We’ve overcome a lot of stuff.”
In the finals, Wittenberg clocked a 5.678-second run at 251.49 mph to edge Tyler Hilton’s 5.927-second elapsed time at 229.20 mph.
AA/FC - THE RECAP
Taking the Nostalgia Funny Car win was longtime NHRA nitro crew member Matt Bynum, who got to experience what winning feels like from inside the cockpit.
Bynum clocked a 5.617-second run at 250.13 mph to def. No. 16 qualifier Matt Melendez’s 5.749-second lap at 224.73 mph in the finals at win his inaugural March Meet championship.
“It is pretty cool,” Bynum said. “I still can’t believe it. We came here and we just ran really well all week.”
While Bynum was celebrating a March Meet win for the first time, Nostalgia Top Fuel driver Pete Wittenberg won his second title Sunday.
AA/FUEL ALTERED - THE RECAP
Ron Capps, the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series nitro Funny Car champion, checked a box off his career resume by winning the March Meet for the first time.
Capps drove the “Good News” 1948 Fiat Topolino AA Fuel Altered owned by Hertzig Motorsports and tuned by Bryan Hall to the title.
Capps beat Robert Winefsky in the finals. Capps clocked a 6.00-second run at 158.93 mph to get past Winefsky’s 6.00-second run at 120.91 mph.
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