CLICK HERE To Watch Our REPLAY Of The 2014 Bakersfield March Meet!


CLICK HERE To Watch Our REPLAY Of The 2014 Bakersfield March Meet!

Thanks to the management of Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California and our great sponsors, BangShift will return to The Patch in just a couple of weeks to live broadcast the 2014 Bakersfield March Meet. The broadcast will begin on Thursday March 6th and run through Sunday March 9th. That’s four days of non-stop action from one of the most historic drag strips in the world. The word on the street is that there will be nearly FIFTY nitro funny cars at the race, along with a bunch of fuel altereds, top fuel dragsters, and the hundreds of awesome sportsman racers who tow from all over the country for a shot at drag racing immortality with a race win at Bakersfield. We’ll have full details next week when we start running the first of many Pre-Race announcements, predictions, and more for the 56th running of the March Meet at Autoclub Famoso Raceway.

For 2014, there will be a slight change in our broadcast. Select areas around Famoso Raceway will be blacked out from viewing the live video. If you live in the valley, within two hours of Famoso, you may not be able to watch the broadcast. That shouldn’t affect any of you, unless you are a complete leaker, because any of you that close should be there with us anyway! We’re going to provide you with more information on that front next week. As we have said during EVERY ONE of our broadcasts from any track we have ever done them from across the country, if you are within a couple hours ride, you NEED to be at the track! Plus, who the heck would want to sit at home if they were only an hour or two away from one of the largest nitro funny car fields in modern drag racing history? We thought so….no one.

Another change for 2014 will be the addition of Darr Hawthorne and Donnie Couch providing pit and top end interviews for the broadcast. This aspect of the program is sponsored by Good Vibrations Motorsports and we had such great success with it at the California Hot Rod Reunion we’re totally pumped about bringing it back for the March Meet. Donnie and Darr will kick some ass in the pits and also catch drivers as their exit their cars during qualifying and eliminations at the top end. Chad will be on the scaffolding and I’ll be the roving reporter and photographer on the wall and in the pits. We’re going to jam so much great stuff your head will spin!

We’ve had a million people asking if we’d be LIVE from Bakersfield this year and the answer is a resounding YES! Stay tuned right here for more updates and information about the broadcast, what start times will be each day, who we’re expecting to be there, and all of the other great information you’ve come to expect from us for this amazing event. Grab a plane ticket or some beer and chips because we’ll probably be live for more than 50 hours over the course of the four days of this historic event.

Thanks again to the Bowser Family, and all the AutoClub Famoso track management, for allowing us to once again bring this race to the masses. And thanks to our awesome live broadcast sponsors that make all of this happen. SAVE THIS LINK AS IT’LL BE WHERE YOU’LL CLICK TO SEE THE SHOW STARTING MARCH 6TH!

 

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21 thoughts on “CLICK HERE To Watch Our REPLAY Of The 2014 Bakersfield March Meet!

  1. C1BAD66

    Black-out areas? Ouch!

    There are valid reasons for not attending the MM, even if one lives within 2 hours of the track; family responsibilities, restrictive health/mobility concerns, inability to deal with crowds (okay, that’s stretching it), etc.

    The decision on what areas will be blacked-out will be totally subjective by someone with their own agenda. By Zip code, by driving time (at what average speed?), or some other valuation?

    Gosh, I hope it’s not Blake and John driving this. I know it’s the track’s job to “put butts on the pine” (fill the seats). Assuming Mom Nature cooperates, I don’t see lack of attendance being a problem.

    Note: anyone who’s been to a MM in acceptable weather has seen the spectator parking areas filled and long lines of vehicles parked just off [both sides] of the road east and west of the track on Saturdays and Sundays.

    If the lack of [any] blacking-out is a show stopper, I suggest limit lines just south of downtown McFarland, just north of Oildale, just west of CA Hwy. 65, and just east of Randy Winkle’s property on Famoso Woody Rd.

  2. Farley J Zoober

    Too bad theres always so many excuses to not go to the March Meet. We live 2 hrs away and I’m bring two guys who always said they wanted to go, so I’m driving and we got a cheap motel. The dog ate my homework.

  3. Chassisman

    John and Blake are smart about the blackout….MEDIA has KILLED NHRA attendance at National events and NASCAR races.If your ANYWHERE in Calif….if your not there…it’s your own fault. I literally lose thousands of dollars in business because I attend…my choice….and I choose to support the March Meet in person.

    1. baggs

      Not sure exactly what you mean by MEDIA, TV’s talking heads, print, news papers, magazines, online blgs. I can say that I don’t even bother watching NA$CAR because it’s been turned into Staged Manipulated Entertainment Events, not RACING anymore. As for NHRA, their a close second. I used to like being able to see lots of door slammers on Saturday, the first day I could go, and now Super Stock and Stock have already run at least a couple rounds by then and it’s a much smaller field than years ago. No one I know wants to watch the Super Gas or Super Comp classes. They leave hard then fall on their face, computer controlled, then at some point accelerate for big MPH, and they call that racing. Even the casual fan doesn’t understand it. Maybe when Pro Stock returns to cars that are built more like super stockers and are weight to cubic inches again with maybe only a fiberglass hood as optional, I’ll go again, maybe. Another thing that would help in returning funny car bodies to nearly exactly what the show room car looks like. Rules more like the nostalgia rules are for power plants. Of course that won’t happen and viewership will continue to decline. Another thing that would help is bring back Modified Production. Not everybody lives for only nitro classes. I don’t even bother watching the tv broadcast anymore.

  4. Anthony Castillo

    I’m in the prosses of switching jobs and I’ve already told my new employer that I’m not available to work from March 6-10 (you need one day to recover). I may not be out as much money as Chassisman, but I’m with him, it’s my choice. No freaking way am I going to miss the addition of AA Fuel Alterds and Pro Mods as well as all the other bad ass racing. This will be something like my 17th March Meet in a row. Once you go you’ll be hooked. So this black out thing is no big deal for me.

    One other thing Brian and Chad. Get Dar and Donnie to say “live for BangSift.com” when they do interviews, as oppesed to saying “for Bang Shift Live.” I’m just sayin.

  5. AZ427FE

    I’m in the process off booking my flight in and out (That’s what a hamburger’s ALLLLL about! ooops, sorry) for The Meet and when does everything wrap up on Sunday so I can book accordingly?

  6. chrr11

    I have made the last 13 of the CHRRs however I have never made the March Meet. I cannot make the whole show my wife and I will be there for Sat and Sun show. I will be watching on Bangshift from Grass Valley Ca. until we get there live. Thanks to Chad and Brian and the crew for all of the live coverage…
    See you there…

  7. RANDY BEUTLER

    Its been a long cold winter here in pa. this year and unfortunatly i cant attend, but thank god for bangshift and live coverage, You guys are truly awsome!

  8. LampShadeHatLady

    We’re about 3.5 hrs from MM and are going to be there this year again. Last year surgery kept us from being there and we were sooooo glad Bangshift’s live broadcast was there to save us. It is truly a shame that everything is so profit driven…but that’s capitalism. Can’t wait to be there!!!!!

  9. Team Sommers

    Every year it is a family affair with the March Meet. My man and his Pop heads up Tuesday and stays until Monday. I start watching Bangshift on Thursday until I can pack up the kids Friday and head up to watch their daddy and granpa kick some butt. Would not miss it for the world!

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  11. Will66

    Suddenly….SPAM!

    But on another note, I love the coverage of stuff like the March Meet and CHRR on here. Being from across the Pond in “Jolly Old England” I don’t get the opportunity to go watch big field Drag Racing too often, Santa Pod’s an awesome venue but it’s the only place in the UK where you get regular Nitro-Racing and Nostalgia Drag Racing. Watching on the Web on Bangshift.com is a great way to keep up with this stuff.

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