Forget the Magnificent 7. Get ready for the Triumphant Trio.
Currently, Dustin Lee in Nostalgia Eliminator 1, Kin Bates in A/Fuel, and Don Fournier in D/Gas are simply unbeatable in NHRA Heritage Racing Series competition. All are defending 2021 Heritage Series class champions and took Wallys at the 2022 March Meet. But wait; there’s more. Lee, not content just driving his slick little Neil & Parks dragster, doubled-up, winning Jr. Fuel as well.
As for Bates and A/Fuel, his dragster is simply performing at a pace that is not being challenged right now. It was business as usual for the team from Redding sweeping all honors at Sacramento Raceway. Mark Maxwell was no slouch either. In 7.0 Pro, Maxwell pummeled the field, qualifying number one with a perfect 7.000, beating Dave Rosenberg in the final round on a holeshot-.033 RT/7.076 at 180.55 mph to .077 RT/7.055 at 195.76 mph.
Dustin Lee (near Lane) shown here against Dave Lawson not only won this Nostalgia Eliminator 1 final, but also the Jr. Fuel Wally over #1 qualifier Brad Woodard.
It was another clean sweep of A/Fuel honors for Kin Bates. The legendary Adams-Bates team is off to a fast start winning both races thus far this year.
The West Coast Pro Gas Association also had a star-studded weekend at Sacramento Raceway. Their members swept all four gas classes starting with defending 2021 A/Gas Heritage Series champion, Roy Castagnetto, from Concord, CA, defeating fellow member Mike Mossi. Ken Saisi took B/Gas when Mike Rabener caught a red light, and Kent Coomes similarly benefited from Tom Christian’s -.004 reaction time. Sunnyvale’s Don Fournier in D/Gas and Greg Rudd in Hot Rod completed the Northern California sweep.
Roy Castagnetto (near lane), the 2021 Heritage Series A/Gas champion was back championship form with his win at Sacramento Raceway.
In the Nostalgia Eliminator 3 final round, it was San Pedro’s Lindsey Lister versus Rosemead’s Ed DeStaute. Lister was simply brilliant leaving first and running a 9.603 to DeStaute’s full-throttle 9.578 at 141.27 mph out the back door. It was more Nor Cal in Nostalgia Eliminator 2 with Chico’s Terry Lindblad over Troy Moyle. March Meet 7.0 Pro winner, Tony Trimp, continued his winning ways, placing Harvey Williams’ beautiful Mustang funny car in the winner’s circle for the California Independent Funny Car class.