27th California Sizzling Rod Reunion – BANGShift’s Gypsy Delivers The Nitro Humorous Automobile Odds!
(Pictures by Dyan Lover, Mike Burghardt, Jeff Burghardt, Bob Snyder, Kim Fuller and Darr Hawthorne) – The tip of this 2018 nitro humorous automotive drag racing season involves a detailed on the 27th California Sizzling Rod Reunion at Auto Membership Famoso Raceway, simply north of Bakersfield, California.
It has been one hell of a season with the addition of the ultra-competitive United Nitro Humorous Automobile Affiliation and the NHRA Sizzling Rod Heritage Sequence, making almost a dozen occasions that included nitro humorous automobiles.
On the west coast, the UNFC and NHRA Heritage Sequence have introduced nitro humorous automotive racing to much more followers and with the addition of the NHRA Museum lastly inviting the Heritage humorous automotive class to the Holley Sizzling Rod Reunion in Bowing Inexperienced, made a transfer to incorporate the remainder of the nation.
Actually the odds-on chief this season has received to be Bobby Cottrell, driver of the “Northwest Hitter” ’69 Victory Camaro of Bucky Austin and Mike O’Brien. Cottrell has dominated with a number of wins, successful the Good Vibrations UNFC Championship and private bests all around the western United States. Cottrell gained eight occasions in 2018, together with the Good Vibrations March Meet, Heritage Sequence race at Rocky Mountain Raceways, UNFC Tuscon, two UNFC races at Spokane and two UNFC races at Pacific Raceways.
Three “consultants” have contributed their finest guesses for the nitro humorous automotive class this 12 months, to advise on the BANGShift Humorous Automobile Gypsy’s odds for the Auto Membership Famoso Raceway Winners Circle late Sunday afternoon. These are powerful choices and guesses this 12 months since so many groups have stepped up their efficiency with extra occasions and passes on the run card.
Nonetheless right here’s the consensus of the High Contenders handed over for the 27th California Sizzling Rod Reunion. We are able to’t assure on the Odds and so far as we all know there are not any Vegas or native Indian Casinos but that’ll take your wager, nonetheless we have now seen some cash altering fingers within the money the newly refurbished Famoso 1/Four mile grandstands. The climate must be superior!
(1-1 Even Cash) Bobby Cottrell – “Northwest Hitter” ’69 Victory Camaro – As we picked to win the Good Vibrations March Meet, Bucky’s crew is a roll after eight occasion wins this 12 months and final 12 months’s 26th Reunion trophy. Workforce has already gained the UNFC Championship, might win the NHRA Heritage Championship too. Might this occasion present a 5.40 ET? A Legends of Nitro 260 Membership Member.
(2-1) Matt Bynum – “Nitro Nick” ’70 Chevrolet Camaro – on a restricted schedule, proprietor Cecil Matthews has confirmed his skills with a runner-up end ultimately 12 months’s Reunion and a runner-up at this 12 months’s Pepsi Nightfire Nationals in Boise. Bynum’s driving is second to none, we decide this automotive for the Finals. A Legends of Nitro 260 Membership Member.
(2-1) Ryan Hodgson – “Pacemaker” ’69 Victory Camaro – 2017 NHRA Heritage Sequence Champion with veteran tuner Bob Papirnick might make it to the ultimate spherical as they did on the March Meet earlier this 12 months. Though they sat out most races this 12 months, they’re laborious to wager in opposition to. A Legends of Nitro 260 Membership Member.
(Four-1) Jeff Arend – “California Hustler” ’78 Pontiac Firebird – Veteran tuner Ronnie Swearingen and stable crew lastly discovered the 5.60’s at 259+ and gained the NAPA Ignitor at Firebird Raceway this 12 months. Jeff Arend and Swearingen have hit it off effectively with constant efficiency. May be a ultimate spherical right here for proprietor Don Nelson.
(Four-1) Jason Rupert – “Rolling Thunder” “69 Chevrolet Camaro – Robust to wager in opposition to this crew, however DNQ’d ultimately 12 months’s Reunion with three oildowns. Rupert is a three-time NHRA Heritage Champion and gained the Boise Nightfires this 12 months with a crushing 5.60-253.47 ultimate in opposition to Bynum. Missed a lot of this season as a consequence of accidents, however misplaced within the first spherical at Spokane to a gap shot by Wally Giavia. A Legends of Nitro 260 Membership Member.
(5-1) Dan Horan – “Patriot” ’69 Victory Camaro – he gained the 2014 Heritage Sequence Championship, typically talks of retirement, however will area his patriotic NFC and his late Pop’s High Fueler right here on the Reunion. He’s received longtime crew chief David Fears nonetheless with him and gained the NHRA Bowling Inexperienced Reunion this 12 months. A Legends of Nitro 260 Membership Member.
(5-1) Mark Sanders – “Mr Explosive” ’71 Ford Mustang – No higher driver on the market, son and tuner Jake “the Snake” is deep into the Indy-based nitro world doing fabrication and studying from among the finest in our enterprise. This crew often kicks ass and has a bunch of enjoyable.
(5-1) Steven Densham – “Instructor’s Pet” ‘69 Chevrolet Camaro – They gained the 2015 Heritage Sequence Championship, however hasn’t run the household Camaro a lot this 12 months. Father Gary Densham has burned nitro for thus a few years – this crew can by no means be counted out.
(6-1) Kris Krabill – “Cascade Automotive” ’79 Dodge Omin 2.zero – New crew mixture with proprietor Rick Akers, Krabill positive is aware of the Famoso Winners Circle, this can be a confirmed laborious charging humorous automotive crew, phrase is that veteran Del Worsham shall be consulting on the tune-up his weekend. On the lookout for a powerful end. (photograph courtesy of Kris Krabill)
(7-1) John Hale – “One Dangerous Texan” ’69 Chevy Camaro – Hale has been pursuing his different pursuits and likewise run within the Humorous Automobile Chaos sequence, staying nearer to residence. Crew Chief Man Tipton is again and prepared for motion with a confirmed crew. John has loads of his Better of Texas BBQ sauce onboard, too!
(7-1) Brad Thompson – “Jailbreak” ’78 Chevy Camaro – Certified effectively on the final Reunion with a 5.69, displaying his outdated type and successful efficiency, however was off-pace on the Nighfires in Boise. Thompson’s NFC is the test-bed for the brand new era MSD magazine from sponsor System 1 and will get a number of assist from veteran Steve Faria.
(Eight-1) Invoice Windham – “Shakedown” ’69 Chevrolet Camaro – Appears this stable crew has turned the nook with some enchancment at nearly each race this 12 months. Veteran racer Windham has pushed nearly each type of drag automotive. A darkish horse for positive.
(Eight-1) Billy Morris – “Downside Baby” ’69 Chevy Camaro – A brand new NFC crew this 12 months and Morris is a finalist within the Legends of Nitro Rookie of the Yr that’ll be awarded this weekend. Proprietor Eddie Knox, former High Gasoline Hydro World Champion, now tunes the automotive and is making progress. Billy is aware of the right way to win on the sand drags, however like the various drag races he’s competed on this 12 months, the crew will get higher with each cross, using a brand new trick supercharger from the Blower Store.
(Eight-1) Marc Meadors – “Gasoline Curve” ’70 Camaro – Goodguys President is again and with Championship successful Crew Chief Jim Basko, made a stable cross in testing this week, however a model new crew for this occasion. A darkish horse with all the proper elements and items.
(Eight-1) Tim Nemeth – “Iceman” ’78 Trans Am – A powerful Canadian racer who has all the proper racing elements and when you see veteran nitro tuner/builder Donnie Sofa of their pits, might go rounds and have an epic time collectively.
(9-1) Rian Konno – “Kazanjian Lemon & Konno” ’73 Ford Mustang – This humorous automotive has improved with steering from Roland Leong, who just lately left the crew. They’ve been caught within the 5.80’s, however superior response occasions received Konno additional rounds on the Good Vibrations March Meet this 12 months. Racing within the reminiscence of longtime pal John Egan.
(11-1) Cory Lee – “Pedaler” ’79 Dodge Challenger – Driver Cory Lee and veteran, successful proprietor Gary Turner are again collectively, however not a lot racing prior to now 12 months, these guys race effectively collectively.
(11-1) Geoff Monise – “Quarter Pounder” ’77 Chevy Monza – Ace fabricator Monise pilots this old fashioned traditional, legacy humorous automotive. Veteran Keith Clark tunes with a devoted crew, ought to qualify effectively.
(12-1) Mike Halstead – “Code Purple” ’78 Chevy Camaro – Proprietor/Trucker Lee Jennings has raced High Gasoline and Humorous Automobile for years and is a artful tuner he likes to kick some ass with confirmed information. Halstead is a assured driver and will qualify effectively.
(13-1) Justin Taylor – “Evil Depraved Imply & Nasty” ’73 Ford Mustang – Justin is a second era to father and security provider Dennis Taylor, A piece in progress with a number of coronary heart.
(15-1) Jeff Utterback – “Pisano & Matsubara” ’73 Vega – This traditional humorous automotive is owned by Danny Pisano and never typically raced, however Jeff will placed on a present. Cease by the pits and see this one!
(15-1) Jon Capps – “Smokey’s Darkish Facet” ’79 Dodge Challenger – Proprietor/Tuner Smokey Alleman is aware of what he’s doing and with driver Jon Capps examined will this week, these guys are artful and will qualify.
(15-1) Matthew Melendez – “Cacklin’ Critter” ’70 Dodge Challenger – New crew with a confirmed race automotive, been operating domestically this 12 months, Marvel in the event that they’ll check with the Bowen Racecars tune-up ebook, might former proprietor/driver Shawn Bowen be in Bakersfield this weekend?
(15-1) Rick O’Rogers – “Preventing Irish” ’74 Chevy Camaro – Nice trying traditional crew and legacy title, attempting to get into a troublesome area with a devoted crew, proprietor Charlie O’Neill has been by means of all of it.
(15-1) Shawn Van Horn – “Choo Choo Mama” ’78 Pontiac Firebird – these former gasoline altered racers are nonetheless studying with their gasoline humorous automotive, they’ve a shot at qualifying. Get your A&W Root Beer floats at their celebration within the pits, the most effective ever
(16-1) Tony Jurado – “Capital Punishment” ’69 Victory Camaro – Stunning model new PRC Fabrication humorous automotive, constructed by crew chief Jason Bunker. Glassman Jurado simply earned his license and has run Professional Mods for years, however could have his fingers full, Bunker is aware of what he’s doing with the years he spent in Professional Mods and with Mark Meadors humorous automotive.
It’s at all times a crap-shoot to make these picks, however primarily based upon our observations throughout this superior racing 12 months, that is the record. Bear in mind, its very powerful to generate profits in drag racing, however generally you may make a few bucks within the grandstands, betting along with your neighbors.
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