FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Auto Club Famoso Raceway, March 7, 2013—Seasoned and versatile drag racer Tony Bartone lowered the boom on the AA/Fuel Dragster scene during testing for this weekend’s Bakersfield March Meet, posting the quickest elapsed time in the history of the class, while covering the famous Famoso quarter-mile in a stunning 5.561 seconds.
What made Bartone’s feat even more remarkable was the relatively diminutive top-end mile-per-hour clocking, a paltry 220 mph, numbers which indicated he had “clicked” off the Bartone Bros. dragster well before the finish line. More proof that his machine was on a proverbial rocket ride was found in the details of his time-slip, which showed that Bartone was traveling at 217-mph at the 1/8th-mile mark, startling numbers which were unheard of until now. Indeed, previously Bartone has clocked top-end speeds of nearly 270-mph, which indicates his Steve Boggs-tuned nitro-burning dragster still has plenty left “in the tank,” in regards to the potential for even quicker passes.
Because it happened during a test, today’s 5.56 is considered unofficial. Bartone already holds the ET and Top Speed records for the AA/Fuelers, when he ran 5.566 seconds at 269-mph at Famoso in October, 2011. Regardless of the technicalities, all of this has given the rest of the Top Fuel dragster teams plenty to ponder tonight while preparing for competition at the always fiercely contested March Meet.
BAKERSFIELD MARCH MEET NITRO SCHEDULE:
Friday: Noon–Funny Car, Top Fuel qualifying;. 3:15 p.m.–Funny Car, Top Fuel qualifying
Saturday: Noon–Top Fuel, Rear Motor Top Fuel, Funny Car qualifying; 3:30 p.m. –Top Fuel round one eliminations; Funny Car round one eliminations
Sunday: Noon–Funny Car, Top Fuel quarterfinals with remaining eliminations rounds in all divisions to follow throughout the day.