Time flies when you're having fun, says Top Fuel veteran Bernstein

As Brandon Bernstein gets ready for the Auto Club NHRA Finals this weekend, he's amazed at how quickly the season passed for himself and the ProtectTheHarvest.com/MATV Top Fuel dragster crew.

Brandon Bernstein
Brandon Bernstein

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"It crazy how the time goes by," Bernstein said. "Seasons used to pass by so slow, now it's ridiculous that they're gone in a heartbeat."

Bernstein said he still wants to end his first season with Morgan Lucas Racing in style, with both a win and by clinching a top-five overall finish in the championship standings.

"Unfortunately we're no longer in the chase for the championship, but we've got a lot of pride," Bernstein said. "We want to keep our top-five standing and we'll be ready for anything that happens this weekend.

"It should be a good race."

Bernstein still has an outside shot a finishing in fourth place as he is 70 points behind Shawn Langdon. Bernstein is 27 point in front of sixth-place Doug Kalitta.

Before a tough weekend in Las Vegas, Bernstein's ProtectTheHarvest.com car had been to four consecutive semifinals. He said he expects the dragster and team to perform to that high level this weekend.

"In Vegas we got behind the 8-ball and never got caught up," Bernstein said. "Races like that are going to happen and you have to quickly write them off and move forward."

Bernstein said the four-day qualifying format in Pomona can be tricky because the racing is broken up so much.

"We don't do it anywhere but Pomona," Bernstein said. "Qualifying you usually get two rounds on Friday and it's easier to establish a rhythm. I prefer two runs in one day because you get to immediately improve or correct your previous run rather than having to wait a whole day.

"No matter what, the playing field is the same for all of us so we're ready."

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