Carter, Bates shine at Nostalgia Fall Championships


Dean Carter qualified No. 1 and beat points leader Bud Hammer in the Jr. Fuel Final

Kin Bates picked up his first win of the season running 6.259 seconds at 221.67 mph to defeat John Harless in the A/Fuel final.

Under picture perfect skies, Auto Club Famoso Raceway played host to the Nostalgia Fall Championships featuring groups 1 and 2 from the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage series. The race had been scheduled to run earlier in the year at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana. The teams may have had to wait all summer but the weekend saw some close and competitive racing.

In A/Fuel, pole sitter Kin Bates ran the table on the 8-car field, setting low ET, top MPH and taking home the win over runner up John Harless. Bates left on Harless cutting a .087 light and ran his best ET of the weekend. A winning 6.259, 221.67 to Harless' losing 6.364, 215.89

Junior Fuel No. 1 qualifier Dean Carter squared off against No. 2 qualifier Bud Hammer in the finals. Carter took the win with a 7.099@ 186.56 over Hammer's 7.378, 184.25. Carter took the pole with a 6.980 and Hammer set fastest MPH of the class with a 189.44MPH pass.

Mike Burksen survived the final round in 7.0 Pro when runner up Mike Cross went red by one thousandths of a second. Burksen ran a 7.069, 187.99 to Cross' 7.055, 194.69.

A/Gas winner Al White battled his way through the 14 car field after qualifying in the 12th spot. 4 rounds later White and No. 6 qualifier Chris Beanes would put on a show for the fans. White cut a .050 light. Beanes was only 2/1000 behind him coming off the line At the stripe, both had run identical 7.633 Ets. White took the hole shot win running 180.14 mph through the trap.

Brian Rogers and No. 2 qualifier Jim Teague lined up for the B/Gas final. Rogers qualified No. 6 and was up on the wheel cutting a .008 light to leave Teague at the light. But not by much, Teague was only 3/1000 behind Rogers with a .011 light. At the stripe, Rogers had nailed the index running a 8.600, 157.56 while Teague lost with a 8.608.

C/Gas final had the No. 2 qualifier Michael Boss paired up with No. 11 qualifier Justin Shears. Both cut almost identical lights, Boss left with a .023 RT to Shears' .024 Shears' Nova had a little to much in it and he broke out with a 9.586. Boss claimed the win with a 9.602.

The D/Gas field was 19 cars deep and super close. The final was an all Bakersfield affair with Chris Kurtis taking the win light in a double breakout race. Fortunately for Kurtis, runner up Steve Barta went red with a -.036 light. Kurtis broke out trying to run down Barta. Kurtis ran a 10.456, 125.22 while Barta ran a 10.525, 126.51 on a 10.60 index.

The Nostalgia Eliminator 1 field was 16 cars strong and in the final No. 9 qualifier Tony Wimer beat No. 12 qualifier Gabe Wood. Wimer clobbered Wood on the tree cutting a .026 light to Wood's .113. At the finish, the hole shot paid off for Wimer as he stopped the clocks with a 7.669, 160.50MPH to a losing 7.627

The NE2 final had Fresno's Cecil Molina Jr. facing off with Jim Van Gordon out of Alta Loma. Molina wins the final on a hole shot. Molina ran 8.620 to Gordon's losing 8.613. Molina's .013 light beat Gordon's .113.

NE3 winner Ryan Tietz left the line .061 in front of runner up Lindsey Lister. Tietz ran a 9.596, 135.24 to Lister's loosing 9.549, 137.92 for another hole shot win.

Adrian Cobb survived the massive 34 car Hot Rod field running a 11.588 on a 11.57 dial in when runner up JR Mora went red at the start.