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NHRA Nationals
Las Vegas, NV
(April 6-9)

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Brandon Bernstein
MAV TV/Lucas Oil dragster

Bernstein looking to regain magic from past visits

Las Vegas, prerace: Brandon Bernstein and his legendary father Kenny made NHRA history in 2001 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when they became the first father/son duo to win at the same national event. Brandon was piloting an alcohol dragster that year.

In Kenny’s three outings at the Nationals, he won two: the inaugural event in 2000 and the aforementioned 2001 event.

This year will mark Brandon’s fourth appearance in the April 7-9 spring event as the pilot of the nitro-powered Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster. He and the members of the Kenny Bernstein-owned team, hope that Lady Luck drops by during Sunday’s eliminations.

“We’ve had a slow start this season,” said Brandon. “We had some crazy, unexpected parts breakage in the first rounds of the first two events, so we need some of that Vegas luck that our family has had in the past.

“We’ve had some good numbers in qualifying, but it seems on race day, we’re blind-sighted by mechanical gremlins. We have a very talented team and we’re capable of winning. We are all ready to go some rounds on Sunday.

“Dad did really well in Vegas during his career. Tim (Richards, crew chief), Kim (Richards) and the team know how to tune our Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster to run the table here. By that I mean qualify No. 1, set low elapsed time, top speed, and win the event. They’ve done it before. It would be a huge morale boost for everyone, especially for all those on the team that have dedicated so many hours and burned the midnight oil to help us get back in the groove.

“Sometimes you just need a sprinkle of luck,” concluded Brandon.

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