Tony Bartone and his Bartone Bros. Racing Team had an incredible weekend at the famed March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. This historic event attracts massive crowds and features nostalgia drag racing as a throwback to the '50s when team traveled west to take on the nation's finest. The race features a wide variety of race machines, but nitro burning Top Fuel Dragsters are still the fan favorites. Bartone kicked off the event by taking the #1 qualifying spot with a 5.63-second run in his Red Line-equipped car and followed with an unopposed run in the first round, well worth the long tow from Long Island, New York, for the Bartone team.
In the second round, Bartone was paired against Ron August, but continued his dominance with a 5.629. The semi-final round put Bartone against local racer Rick McGee, but Bartone's reaction time was on point again and led to a 5.82 at a slower than normal 213-mph to get to the finish line first, as McGee left late. In the finals, "T-Bone" faced off against the 2011 Top Fuel winner Rick White. Bartone not only left the tree first, but also pulled off a 5.623 @ 262 mph to White’s second-best run of the weekend, 5.71 @ 252. Bartone scored the Top Fuel hat trick: Top Eliminator, Top Speed and Low ET.
"It was a great race, everything went well. Our crew chief Steve Boggs is amazing and it was very satisfying to finally win this race," said Bartone. "We really respect these teams."
After the winner's circle celebration, Bartone walked over to Famoso's memorial orchard and had this photograph taken with the "Wally" trophy as a tribute to the late Steve Evans, a longtime Bartone friend, famed racing announcer, and father of Red Line president Cameron Evans.