The biggest race in Kern County — the 60th edition of the famed March Meet — is two weeks away, but there will be a preview of what’s to come this weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
What had been planned as two days of testing at the track has been expanded to three, running Friday through Sunday.
“So many guys are coming (to the test session) that we had to make it a three-day deal,” said Blake Bowser, vice-president and general manager. “We have too many cars coming to try and limit it to two days. We’ll have 20 to 25 fuel cars plus all the others.”
Among those testing will be 2016 NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps, who will be shaking down a brand new Burkholder Brothers short wheelbase AA/Fuel Altered. Capps plans to drive the car at the March Meet.
Top Fuel drivers expected include defending March Meet champion Mendy Fry, along with Adam Sorokin, Pete Wittenberg and Bret Williams.
Veteran Funny Car campaigner Jeff Arend will be one of several Funny Car drivers taking advantage of the test session as he was recently tabbed to drive the California Hustler. Arend substituted for Alexis DeJoria in some NHRA national events last year and has driven a Funny Car, Fuel Altered and Top Fuel dragster in NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series competition.
The March Meet runs March 1-4.
Cal Club at Buttonwillow
The California Sports Car Club of Southern California kicks off its 2018 season at Buttonwillow Raceway Park this weekend with more than just a mere race.
It’s a Cal Club championship race, a Runoffs qualifying race, there is a competition school taking place and regular Joes (and Jills) who just want to see how their street machine handles on a road course can participate in time trials.
While the competition school will be taking place on one loop, racing and time trials will be held on the other loop. On-track action starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with full racing programs both times. Time Trial participants get three 20-minute track sessions on Saturday and two 20-minutes sessions on Sunday. More information can be found on the club website: www.calclub.com
Speedway registration Saturday
Drivers in all divisions at Bakersfield Speedway can sign up for membership, register car numbers and reserve pits stalls for the upcoming season Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the track.
An open practice will be held at the track (no Mini Dwarfs) from 5-10 p.m. on Feb. 24.
Opening night is March 3 with Western RaceSaver Sprints, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks and American Stocks set to compete.
One down, lots to go at KCRP
With the Fourth Annual Winter Showdown in the rearview mirror, the focus at Kern County Raceway Park now turns toward the rest of the season.
First up is the season-opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on March 15 which features 2014 NASCAR Cup champion Kevin Harvick making his first start at KCRP.
Harvick, who grew up in Oildale and cut his racing teeth at the old Mesa Marin Raceway in East Bakersfield, will be driving a car owned by Jefferson-Pitts Racing out of Washington. The race is on a Thursday night, ahead of the NASCAR action that weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
An Open Outlaw Kart race scheduled for Friday night at Bakersfield Karting Experience has been postponed until Feb. 23 due to a scheduling conflict.