THE REAL MARCH MAD­NESS

March Meet at 60, Just Hit­ting Its Stride

Drag Racer - - Contents - Text by Pete Ward Pho­tos by Doug Adams, Stephen Jus­tice and Wayne Led­erer

STICK ’N’ BALL SPORTS RE­PORTERS ARE ALL IN A FROTH OVER THE AN­NUAL COL­LEGE HOOPS NA­TIONAL TOUR­NA­MENT JUST GET­TING UN­DER­WAY AS THIS IS BE­ING WRIT­TEN. Their idea of March Mad­ness is a bunch of freak­ishly tall col­lege kids bounc­ing a ball while lop­ing back and forth over a hard­wood floor, as fans with painted faces hy­per­ven­ti­late. Give me a freakin’ break!

You want real mad­ness? Travel to Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia’s Famoso Race­way for the Good Vi­bra­tions Mo­tor­sports March Meet. This year Mother Na­ture added to the usual chaos by bring­ing rain and chilly weather, but John and Blake Bowser, their crew and the racers fought the good fight and wrapped up the killer event on a sunny Mon­day.

Win­ners of the 60th an­niver­sary edi­tion were: Bobby Cot­trell (F/C), Pete Wit­ten­berg (T/F), Dan Hix (AA/FA), Dean Oberg (5.9 F/C), Mike Hal­stead (RE/TF), Kin Bates (A/F), John Marot­tek (Jr. Fuel), Ron­nie Len­non (7.0 Pro), Dan Schrokosch (NE1), Sam Tucker (NE2), Ed DeS­taute (NE3), Frank Merenda (A/G), Neal West­brook (B/G), P. J. Gi­acalone (C/G), Dan Fournier (D/G) and Dale Hicks (Hot Rod).

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