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Bernstein now fourth in Top Fuel POWERade points
, Sunday: Bran
The consecutive strong showings helped boost the Kenny Bernstein-owned team to fourth in NHRA Top Fuel POWERade championship point standings.
The Budweiser/Lucas Oil team, led by crew chief Tim Richards, started from the No. 3 qualifying spot with a 4.534/330.23
“I saw some of the cars before us smoke the tires,” said Bernstein. “We need to go some rounds. Hopefully we can have a good outing today and make up for time lost at the first couple of races of the season.”
Bernstein put another 20 POWERade championship points in the bank and took the quarterfinals victory out running
"We lost an engine in the lights," said Bernstein. "We were lucky it happened at the end of the run."
The Budweiser/Lucas Oil team made an engine swap during the 75-minute work window between the quarterfinals and the semifinals.
Bernstein rolled to the starting line for the third time Sunday, this time facing David Grubnic. A big engine explosion early in the run, followed by a blast of fire, killed all hope of a final round appearance for the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team. Grubnic won the round, 4.629/324.98 to Bernstein’s 9.799/69.79.
“We had a problem with a fuel line,” said Bernstein. “All the raw fuel pumping out caused the fire. One of those weird mechanical things again.
“When you figure we were 12th in point standings two weeks ago, and we’re fourth leaving
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