Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals
Bernstein looking to ride momentum into Phoenix
“Our preseason testing was good here in
“Last season we had weird mechanical gremlins in the first round of the first three races. We’re already way ahead of last year’s curve which we hope is a good omen.”
Bernstein is second in NHRA Top Fuel point standings, only 18 points out of the lead.
Bernstein’s most memorable career run was the final round of the first race he won in his 2003 rookie season at Firebird International Raceway.
“We won back-to-back events here in 2003 and 2004,” said Bernstein, son of six-time champion Kenny.
“I remember in the final round of the first race in 2003, I bumped into the staging beams deeper than I wanted to and the top bulb went out. When that happens you have to be very careful not to leave too soon, what we call ‘red lighting’, and disqualify yourself. I was talking to myself, telling myself not to leave too soon. Everything worked out and we won the event.
"The added pressure in that round was we were racing Larry Dixon, who was the reigning Top Fuel champion and driving a car sponsored by a rival beer company. It was my first experience with the beer wars. I know Dad was holding his breath, afraid that I would red light, while he was standing on the sidelines. That win was my first national event win and only my second career race.
“So we have a good record at this track. I’m amped-up and ready to go racing!”
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