Calif. (Sept. 1, 2010) The dates have been announced for
the 53rd running of nostalgia drag racings premier event,
the 2011 March Meet. The three-day event will take place March
18-20, 2011 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, just outside Bakersfield,
the March Meet is held the first week of March", 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.
to hold the March Meet later in the month for a few reasons,
Bowser explained. The first and second weekend of March
may be too close to the NHRA Winternationals. Traditionally the
Winternationals is held in early February. In 2011 the Winternationals
will be held the last weekend of February. A lot of our local
race fans want to attend both, but it gets difficult for them
when they are held only a few weeks apart. Also, thanks to the
NHRA, we use the Winternationals as a promotional springboard
to help kick-off the March Meet. The extra few weeks give us
more time to get the word out.
Bowser also said
that many NHRA racers such as Robert Hight, Ron Capps, Gary Densham,
Cruz Pedregon and Jack Beckman enjoy competing in and/or attending
the March Meet every year. The fans love it too when the
NHRA stars attend. The way the 2011 NHRA schedule falls, theres
no NHRA race the third week in March, so theres no conflict.
Weather is also
a factor in the move, Bowser said. Typically, as the month
of March goes on, we see warmer weather, which can only help.
It will make for better racing conditions. Plus, Daylight Savings
will have already taken place. This will give us an extra hour
of sunlight which will let us run a bit later under good conditions.
said the move to later in the month has some luck involved: luck
of the Irish. The Thursday before the March Meet is usually
when we have our kick-off party, he said. In 2011,
the Thursday before the March Meet is St Patrick's Day (Mar.
17). How fun can that be?
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 Famoso Raceway
53 years of racing, the March Meet is a three-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 2011 March Meet will be held Mar. 18-20 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