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Bernstein staying alive in Top Fuel championship battle
Bernstein won the O’Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston in April, the Pontiac Performance Nationals in
“If we can go rounds and rack up some points at Infineon Raceway, then we can be right in the middle of the dogfight for the championship trophy going into the homestretch,” continued Bernstein.
“Tim (Richards, crew chief) has a lot of experience to draw from. He knows what it’s like to handle the pressure of a championship run, having won five championships as a crew chief for Joe Amato, and one for my dad the first year he joined our team in 2001.”
“All the teams that will be mathematically in the championship hunt are going to have to have consistency and they’re going to need to go rounds. There will be no room for bobbles. The competition is just too tough.
“Crew chiefs will be agonizing over every tune-up every round. And this just doesn’t go for race day. You’re going to have to get some consistency in qualifying as well. It’s hard to get behind in qualifying and then try to pull out of it on race day. It’s going to be interesting.”
Cordeiro, owner of Matthew J. Cordeiro Enterprises, was born in
“NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon grew up in
“We’ve known Matt for a couple of years,” said Kenny Bernstein. “He was introduced by a mutual friend of ours, Joe Murducca. Matt and his brother have been guests of ours at Infineon. It’s great to have someone who really is passionate about our sport have the opportunity to share the excitement of a race weekend with us.”
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