Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Bernstein fourth after opening race of Countdown to Four
Budweiser supported the annual Elvis celebration in August with a Bernstein/Dale Earnhardt Jr. ‘One Night Stand’ promotion on the first night of the “Music and Movies” series on the front lawn of
At O’Reilly Raceway Park in
In the opening round of eliminations, the second generation driver piloted “The King” to a round win over a tire-smoking David Grubnic with an impressive low elapsed time of eliminations, 4.525 seconds, at 324.90 mph.
“That was an awesome run,” said Bernstein, “Tim (Richards, crew chief) had a great set-up. Even with hot, tricky track conditions he has the ability and talent to pour a lot of power into the tune-up and still make the car stick to the track.”
In the second round of eliminations, Bernstein faced off against Melanie Troxel. The two had nearly identical reaction times and were neck and neck to the finish line, where Troxel scored the winning edge with a 4.606/325.77 to Bernstein’s 4.620/319.82.
“That was a close race,” said Bernstein. “With four races until the Countdown to Four, every round counts. You hold your breath until you qualify for the field, and then try to calm the butterflies that build up before each round. We’re hanging in at fourth but we’ve got four competitive cars behind us breathing down our exhaust pipes.”
Bernstein is 86 points out of the lead.
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