Seattle Eddie Hill Quarterfinals Notes

KENT, Wash. (Aug. 1) -- The most interesting quarterfinal match-up of the 12th Annual Prolong Northwest Nationals pitted two drag racing legends against one another. Eddie "The Thrill" Hill and "The King of Speed" Kenny Bernstein lined up on ...

KENT, Wash. (Aug. 1) -- The most interesting quarterfinal match-up of the 12th Annual Prolong Northwest Nationals pitted two drag racing legends against one another. Eddie "The Thrill" Hill and "The King of Speed" Kenny Bernstein lined up on Seattle International Raceway's famed strip to do battle with the winner advancing to the semifinals.

Hill seemed to have the edge. He was the quickest and fastest car during Saturday's final two rounds of qualifying and he blazed down the strip in Sunday's earlier round with the best elapsed time of the day. He had even earned lane choice over Bernstein.

But when the lights flashed, it was Bernstein who managed to take the win with a 4.739-second lap at 304.80 mph against Hill's tire-smoking 5.029-second pass at 303.50 mph.

"Losing is never easy to swallow," Hill said. "But when you know that you have the quickest car out there, it really makes it that much more disappointing.

"We're tickled to have run so well. We're also happy to have sorted out our launching problem. That was one of our goals coming in. I just wish we could have done better today. We actually softened the set-up after the first run because it was getting a little hot out there. But we still shook the tires enough that we lost all of our momentum. That cost us the race."

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