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Sun, 28 Sep 2003, 05:39 PM

Top Fuel Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Bob Orme

JOLIET, Ill. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Third annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals:

    2 Kenny Bernstein                         1 Larry Dixon
E4   ****WINNER****  0.073  4.503 328.46                     0.057  4.638 321.35
 Prior rounds:
E3    (S Muldowney ) 0.068  4.511 331.69      (T Schumacher) 0.056  6.050 315.78
E2    (P Romine    ) 0.097  4.494 328.38      (R Hartman-Sm) 0.100  5.699 193.07
E1    (D Grubnic   ) 0.074  4.539 329.10      (D Russell   ) 0.052  4.959 309.13
 Qualified:             #3  4.498 323.50                        #4  4.507 332.10
4:27 PM This is Bernstein's 115th career final round appearance, his 67th in Top Fuel. He has 35 Top Fuel victories. He has faced Dixon twice this season in eliminations, each driver winning once against the other. Dixon beat Bernstein in the final round of the Chicagoland Dodge Nationals last year. Dixon has reached the final round 12 times this season and won 8 of those. Miller Lite Top Fuel team owner Don Prudhomme is three wins away from a career total of 100 wins. He holds 49 wins as a driver and 48 wins as a team owner of both Top Fuel and Funny Car teams. Dixon has held the POWERade points lead since May 4, 2003, in Atlanta.

All of the candles were lit all of the way down the track for both drivers. Bernstein has the better set-up and he gets his first win as a driver this season. Kenny Bernstein's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.003), 330 ft(0.044), 660ft(0.085), 1,000ft(0.102). MOV: 0.1195 seconds (approximately 56 feet). Kenny Bernstein's incremental times: 60ft-0.833 sec., 330ft-2.136, 660ft-3.053/274.44mph, 1,000ft-3.830

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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