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Report from Motorsport News International FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 CONFIDENCE HELPS BERNSTEIN CLOSE IN ON HISTORIC TOP FUEL TITLE ENNIS, Texas -- Even during the bleakest times of last ...

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CONFIDENCE HELPS BERNSTEIN CLOSE IN ON HISTORIC TOP FUEL TITLE

ENNIS, Texas -- Even during the bleakest times of last season, Kenny Bernstein never had a doubt that his time would come again in NHRA Winston Top Fuel racing.

Even after finishing seventh last season. Even after failing to qualify this season at Atlanta.

"If some people had thought that maybe we lost the fire or the drive, they're wrong," Bernstein said. "That's not true. It's not fun times, it's not happy times, but we never thought we couldn't get it done. It's just how are we going to get it done."

The ultimate task for Bernstein -- winning his first NHRA Winston Top Fuel championship -- may get done at the 11th annual, $1,496,900 Chief Auto Parts Nationals, Oct. 10-13 at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 18th of 19 events this season in the $27-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

Bernstein, from Dallas, needs to win just two rounds to become the first driver in NHRA history to win a Top Fuel and Funny Car championship. He won Funny Car titles from 1985-88.

He has appeared in three of the last four final rounds since mid-August, with victories at Brainerd, Minn., and Reading, Pa. Bernstein's flourish has come for three reasons: his intense, competitive nature, a strong tune-up by crew chief Dale Armstrong in the Budweiser King Dragster and a desire to honor Blaine Johnson, who suffered fatal injuries at the U.S. Nationals while leading the point standings.

"We want to try to win it in the manner that Blaine would, meaning running full-out, wide-open, as hard as these babies will go every single run, and winning and setting records," Bernstein said. "There's nothing we can do about what happened, but we have to go forward and give it everything we can in his memory."

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