2012 March Meet Expands 

Historic change to the 54th edition of the legendary race, which will take place Mar. 1-4 2012 at
Auto Club Famoso Raceway outside Bakersfield, Calif…..

What’s better than three days of nostalgic drag racing? How about four days! That’s exactly what the March Meet is doing for the first time in its legendary 54-year run. The new four-day program for nostalgia drag racing’s premier event is set for Mar. 1-4, 2012 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, just outside Bakersfield, Calif.

“The break with the three-day race tradition was done for racers and fans alike,” said Blake Bowser, vice president and general manager of the Kern County Racing Association, operators of Auto Club Famoso and producers of the fabled March Meet. “A four-day race program will allow us to run all the classes, which fans and racers want, plus it gives us some wiggle room in case weather becomes a factor.”

Bowser said he bounced the four-day race idea off several racers and fans, and all were unanimous: “Expanding the March Meet to four days is a cool idea and will make the event even better. I mean, what’s better than four days of running nitro cars?”

According to Bowser, there will be an open test session for Nitro cars on Thurs., Mar. 1 and Nitro qualifying on Fri., Mar. 2 and Sat., Mar. 3. First round of Nitro eliminations are scheduled for Saturday with the finals on Sunday.

Classes set to run at the March Meet include Nostalgia Top Fuel, Nostalgia Funny Car, A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Pro, Nostalgia Eliminator-I, Nostalgia Eliminator-II, Nostalgia Eliminator -III, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas and Hot Rod.

“We expect 500 race entries for this year’s event,” said Bowser, “once again making the March Meet the largest nostalgia drag race in the world. And now there’s an extra day for families to check out the vendors on the midway, enjoy the food and drinks and watch some great racing.”

March Meet ticket sales and prices, as well as other race information, including downloadable forms for race entries, car show registration and camping will be posted soon at www.autoclubfamosoraceway.com.

Now celebrating 54 years of racing, the March Meet has been expanded to a four-day speedfest that enthusiasts call ‘the jewel of Nostalgia Racing.’ It attracts drag racers and spectators from around the world and also includes a hot rod car show, swap meet and a vendors’ midway. The 2012 March Meet will be held Mar. 1-4 at historic Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

The Kern County Racing Association operates Auto Club Famoso Raceway (just north of Bakersfield, Calif.) and promotes a full schedule of races year round, including the world famous March Meet, which is recognized as the Mecca of nostalgia drag racing. For more details, visit www.autoclubfamosoraceway.com. You can follow us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/Auto.Club.Famoso.Raceway or on twitter

Posted by: Rob Gibson