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Sat, 21 Oct 2017, 11:37 AM

CHRR presented by Automobile Club of Southern California Kicks-Off
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

At Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield


The NHRA Motorsports Museum's California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California kicked off Friday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Light morning rain made way for an afternoon filled with quarter-mile nitro racing and just a taste of what is to come for the three day event.

"The opening afternoon of the event is always highly anticipated," said Larry Fisher, executive director of the NHRA Motorsports Museum. "Everyone is always anxious to reconnect with loyal fans, fellow competitors and vendors for what is going to be an exciting weekend of racing and nostalgia."

With blue skies overhead, the afternoon was highlighted by lightning runs in the nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. Funny Car had an eventful two rounds of qualifying led by Bobby Cottrell powering to a 5.563-second pass at 256.06 mph in his Bardahl Bucky's Auto Service Center 1969 Camaro. Mendy Fry raced to a 5.692 pass at 215.68 in her High Speed Motorsports dragster lead the Top Fuel class.

The first day of nostalgia action was capped off by the flame show and burner pops of a jet car.

The California Hot Rod Reunion will continue Saturday with two additional qualifying rounds for Top Fuel and Funny Car and nostalgia racing beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday evening will also feature the famous Cacklefest with crowd-pleasing push starts and displays of dozens of nitro-burning machines.

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