Auto Club Famoso Raceway, March 5, 2014—In what added up to an absolute juggernaut, the Bartone Brothers rolled their menacing nitro-powered dragster out from Long Island City, New York all the way to Auto Club Famoso Raceway north of Bakersfield and, by both sheer power and guile, trounced the Top Fuel competition at the 2014 March Meet.
The domination began in qualifying, when Bartone scored the #1 qualifying spot in his Steve Boggs-tuned rail, with a quarter-mile elapsed time of 5.63 seconds, six-hundredths ahead of the #2 qualifiers and 2011 March Meet Top Fuel winners, the San Diego-based team of “Neal & White.”
During eliminations, Rick White would weed through his side of the ladder with a series of strong 5-second runs, handily dispatching Roger Lechtenberg, Dusty Green and Adam Sorokin. Bartone, after singling in the first round, put the power to the pavement against Ron August in the second round, with a sizzling 5.629, setting up a pivotal round against semi-finalist, local racer Rick McGee. In that heat, T-Bone strapped a holeshot on McGee, with Tony’s 5.82 at only 213-mph getting to the finish line before McGee’s superior elapsed time of 5.70 seconds at a boisterous but futile 257-mph.
In the final round against White, once again Bartone drilled his opposition on the start. But it didn’t end there, as T-Bone hit every mark at the expense of White: Bartone not only left first, he then posted an impressive 5.62 at an insane 262 mph to White’s second-best, 5.71, 252. With that pass, Bartone scores the Top Fuel hat trick: Top Eliminator, Top Speed and Low ET. In other words, utter domination and the first March Meet Top Fuel victory from a racer east of the Mississippi since Indianapolis driver Paul Romine won in 1996. (Did we mention T-Bone left first too?) -30–
2014 NHRA HERITAGE SERIES TOP FUEL DRAGSTER POINTS
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