THE REAL MARCH MADNESS
March Meet at 60, Just Hitting Its Stride
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).