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April 10 BERNSTEINS, GOODYEAR WIN AT SUMMITRACING.COM NATIONALS Drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein and son Brandon understand winning and celebrating in Las Vegas. The elder Bernstein won the National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel final in the...

April 10

BERNSTEINS, GOODYEAR WIN AT SUMMITRACING.COM NATIONALS

Drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein and son Brandon understand winning and celebrating in Las Vegas. The elder Bernstein won the National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel final in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas and watched with pride as his son won the NHRA Federal-Mogul Dragster final.

Both wins came on Goodyear tires. For the weekend, the tire maker had six final round victories, bringing its 2001 total to an industry-leading 21.

Kenny Bernstein won the 54th final of his career with a 4.533-second, 325.53 mph pass, defeating Andrew Cowin. Bernstein won the event for the second year in a row.

Bernstein, using the Goodyear D1230 Top Fuel rear tire, had a near-perfect weekend in Las Vegas. He was the number one qualifier with an E.T. of 4.524 seconds, and made seven phenomenally consistent 4.5 second passes with an average elapsed time of  4.547 seconds.  In addition to being number onequalifier, Bernstein ran the table in Vegas, posting the low elapsed time, top speed, qualifying first and winning the final. It was the first time the veteran accomplished the feat in 233 races, a span dating back to 1989. The younger Bernstein beat Mark Hentges in his final with lap of 5.757 seconds (246.26 mph). It was the first final round win in a national event for Bernstein.

Tommy Johnson defeated Whit Bazemore in the Funny Car final, Jeg Coughlin collected his first 2001 victory to win the Pro Stock final and Bob Panella won in Pro Stock Truck. Jeff Taylor beat Jeff Lane in the Competition Eliminator final.

Coughlin and Panella were repeat winners.

Coughlin had to beat Warren Johnson in the first round, then narrowly beat Jim Yates in the final. Coughlin's pass of 6.959 seconds (197.62 mph) was good enough to edge Yates by 0.015 seconds, or about five feet.

Panella's win in the finals came at the expense of Greg Stanfield and was close. Panella's 7.554-second (178.19 mph) run was enough to beat Stanfield by 0.008 seconds.

GrandAm

Team Corvette sports car driver and Goodyear racer Ron Fellows will be honored as the Professional Athlete of the Year June 8 in his hometown of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Fellows has been a major part of the Corvette/Goodyear effort which has been so successful this year.

Nascar

Gary Lewis won the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring, race at Evergreen Speedway. Lewis averaged 86.698 mph for the 125-lap chase around the Monroe, Wash., oval.

Kevin Hamlin finished second, Gaylon Stewart took third, Pete Harding was fourth and Series veteran Ron Eaton came home fifth.

The race was the season opener for the series.

-Goodyear-

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Series Grand-Am , NASCAR , NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Bob Panella , Kenny Bernstein , Warren Johnson , Whit Bazemore , Andrew Cowin , Ron Fellows , Tommy Johnson , Greg Stanfield , Jeff Lane , Kevin Hamlin , Gary Lewis