Written By Steve Baur
Photography and Video by Paul Fercho
The West Coast Hot Rod Association’s 2nd annual California Shootout held at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California, March 30-31 2019, featured the very popular no-time, grudge racing, as well as bracket and index racing. Classes at the event included Big Tire, Small Tire, Outlaw 8.5 vs Limited 275, Ultra Street, Top Sportsman, King of the Hill Index, Super Pro and Pro brackets.
In the big Tire category, Eric Kvilhaug, who is driving the 2018 NMCA Radial Wars championship-winning, ProLine Racing-powered, Dragzine C7 Corvette for 2019, defeated Chris Alston Jr. and his Fifth-Gen Camaro, while Roger Holder was victorious over Lamar Swindoll Jr. in a classic First vs Second-Gen Camaro battle in the Small Tire category. Former NMCA West Outlaw 8.5 champion George Raygoza proved he and his Chevy Nova are still a formidable combination, as they defeated Ben Davidow and his SN95 Mustang in the final round of the very competitive Outlaw 8.5 vs. Limited 275 class, and Richard Shelly unleashed his Mercury Capri to take the win in Ultra Street over J. Wright in the final round of competition.
Moving to the bracket and index racing portion of the event, it was Richard Deuschle grabbing the win in Top Sportsman with his familiar, and fast, Fourth-Gen Camaro, and Brent Handley in his beautiful Chevy Nova secured the victory in the King of the Hill class. The West Coast Hot Rod Association moves to Las Vegas next for the Jaws Gear & Axle WCHRA “The Battle” Presented by Hughes Performance in May.