Brainerd Pennzoil Report

Hill downs Bernstein, Outlaw cages Timberwolve BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 22) -- Legendary Pennzoil driver Eddie Hill won the most intriguing head-to-head race of Sunday's first round of elimination racing at the Colonel's Truck Accessories...

Hill downs Bernstein, Outlaw cages Timberwolve

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 22) -- Legendary Pennzoil driver Eddie Hill won the most intriguing head-to-head race of Sunday's first round of elimination racing at the Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals when he sent fellow legend Kenny Bernstein home early with a 4.61 second to 4.74 second win. Hill's Pennzoil teammate Bruce Allen also made news by driving his Outlaw Additives machine by Minnesota Timberwolve Tom Hammonds.

Here's a recap of each Pennzoil driver's opening lap.

Eddie Hill, the pilot of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, downed Kenny Bernstein in the opening round with a 4.613-second lap at 265.69 mph against the Bud King's 4.740-second pass at 302.62 mph. Hill's elapsed time during the crowd-pleasing race between the sport's two biggest legends was quick enough to earn him lane choice over Tony Schumacher in Round 2. Schumacher advanced with a 4.625-second, 319.75-mph hole-shot win over Mike Dunn.

"We dodged a bit of a bullet there," Hill said. "The blower came completely off before we finished that lap and that's why our speed was down. I guess we were already going fast enough to win. Our half-track speed (270 mph) was higher then it was at the lights. We had fantastic numbers until the blower let go. If we can duplicate those in this next round, we'll be very quick again."

Bruce Allen, the driver of The Outlaw Fuel Additives Pro Stock Pontiac, outpaced NBA player and part-time driver Tom Hammonds in their first round match-up when he carded a 7.044-second lap at 194.58 mph against Hammonds' 7.083-second lap at 194.16 mph. Allen will now face Mark Pawuk (7.042 seconds at 194.07 mph) in the quarterfinals.

"We picked the lane nobody wanted because it was the only one we had made decent runs on in qualifying," Allen said. "The gamble paid off. We've had trouble this year adjusting for the first round so we actually had a pretty conservative set-up on the car that time because we wanted to make sure that we at least posted a number. Maybe this is the combo we need."

Mike Thomas, the driver of the Pennzoil Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, lost his opening race against Ron Krisher when his car jumped immediately out of the groove at the start of the lap and nearly crossed the center line. Thomas had to lift off the accelerator to avoid the immediate disqualification and watched helplessly as Krisher posted a 7.025-second pass at 193.16 mph.

"I don't know why the car jumped out of the groove like that," Thomas said. "I think there was something on the track. A lot of us had trouble on that side. I just should have qualified better and then I would have had lane choice and things would be different right now. I'm very upset that we didn't take full advantage of this big chance to make up a bunch of points."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Mike Dunn , Kenny Bernstein , Mark Pawuk , Tony Schumacher , Ron Krisher , Bruce Allen , Tom Hammonds