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Bernstein hoping for back-to-back victories

Brandon Bernstein is currently fifth in NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel points standings. Besides the recent victory in Richmond, the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team has four runner-up finishes on their scorecard this year.


Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

Las Vegas, NV-There is a motivational motto that has been lurking in the forefront of Brandon Bernstein’s thoughts for the past six months and it has a special meaning as the Kenny Bernstein team prepares for the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

 

In April, the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team toured the Las Vegas Nellis Air Force Base and when they saw the USAF mission statement, “Fly, fight and win,” they decided to adapt it to “Drive, fight and win!”

 

“I think our team embodies that mission statement,” said Bernstein. “We got a win at the last race in Richmond after hard-fought months of trying. Our team never gave up. We kept morale up, we continued to get better and better, and we finally had our break-through victory.

 

“We were runner-up in Vegas in April, and we’d sure like another trip to the finals this time around. We’ve had a great car these past few races, but we weren’t able to capitalize on our performance until the last race in Richmond. I think that victory gives us momentum and incentive to finish the year out with a flourish.

 

“With only Vegas and Pomona left on our calendar this year, it’s a dogfight. Nearly every one of the drivers in the top 10 in the Countdown has won a race this year. So obviously that means everyone is capable, and it’s a nail biter for each of the crew members and all the drivers. Everyone is under the microscope and has to do their job.

 

“It also means every bonus point in each qualifying round is critical and there’s a 20-point bonus, equivalent to a round, if you set a national record. We’re coming into some cool weather and quick tracks, so anything’s possible. The fans are in for a treat on Halloween weekend in Vegas!

 

“We are also anxious to take our friends at New York-New York Hotel and Casino to victory. They were with us for our win in 2007. If we can take them to victory again this time, our team will be big-time celebrating Sunday night at New York-New York.”

 

Bernstein is currently fifth in NHRA Full Throttle points standings. Besides the recent victory in Richmond, the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team has four runner-up finishes on their scorecard this year.


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