Bristol: Post race notes

NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES: 7th annual O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q July 6-8, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn. TOP FUEL * Brandon Bernstein won his fourth event of the season in his fifth final round ...

NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES: 7th annual O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q
July 6-8, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.

TOP FUEL

* Brandon Bernstein won his fourth event of the season in his fifth final round appearance of 2007, driving his Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster to a 4.648-second finish at 317.57 mph. Bob Vandergriff finished second in his UPS dragster.

* It was Bernstein's 16th career win and his second at Bristol (2003).

* It was a tough first round for the top seeds, withNo. 1 qualifier Tony Schumacher, Clay Millican, Morgan Lucas, Whit Bazemore, Melanie Troxel, Cory McClenathan, Brady Kalivoda and Hillary Will all falling in the opening session.

* DNQ's for the event included: Scott Palmer

* Rod Fuller secured a 2nd round finish to hold his POWERade points lead.

* Tony Schumacher earned the NHRA Top Fuel Shootout award for qualifying No. 1 in his U.S. Army dragster with a 4.544 and 321.12 run.

* Brandon Bernstein and his Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

FUNNY CAR

* John Force drove his Castrol GTX High-Mileage Ford Mustang to his first season win. It was Force's 123 career victory.

* Force piloted his ride to a 4.993 at 284.62 over Cruz Pedregon's Advance Auto Parts Chevy Impala SS.

* It was a tough first round for the top seeds, with Robert Hight, Tommy Johnson Jr., Jerry Toliver, Scott Kalitta, Tony Bartone, Tony Pedregon, and Del Worsham all falling in the opening session.

* DNQ's included: Ashley Force, Kenny Bernstein, and Jeff Arend

* Tim Wilkerson earned the Skoal Showdown award for qualifying No.1 in his Levi Ray & Shoup Chevy Impala SS with a 4.819 and 321.42 run.

* Force defeated Mike Ashley by a .0021-second margin of victory in the quarterfinal round of Funny Car to get the Motel 6 "Who Got the Light" award.

* Mike Ashley and his Torco/Skull Gear Dodge Charger crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

PRO STOCK

* Jeg Coughlin grabbed his second win of the season in his fifth final round appearance of 2007 with a 6.809-second run at 203.22 mph over Kenny Koretsky.

* First round loses include current points leader Greg Anderson, V Gaines, Warren Johnson, Jason Line, Ron Krisher, Richie Stevens Jr., Steve Schmidt, and Max Naylor.

* DNQ's included: Tom Hammonds, Greg Stanfield, Mike Edwards, Bob Benza, Matt Scranton, Tony Rizzo, Craig Hankinson, and Jim Cunningham.

* Jeg Coughlin earned the NHRA King Demon Crown award for qualifying No.1 in his Jegs.com Chevy Cobalt with a 6.765 and 204.05 run.

* Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Bob Benza , Jeg Coughlin , Richie Stevens Jr. , Kenny Bernstein , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Tony Bartone , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher , Jim Cunningham , Cruz Pedregon , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Greg Stanfield , Tom Hammonds , Kenny Koretsky , Tim Wilkerson , Ashley Force , Melanie Troxel , Brandon Bernstein , Scott Palmer , Morgan Lucas , Jason Line , Steve Schmidt , Mike Ashley , Jeff Arend , Jerry Toliver , Bob Vandergriff , Brady Kalivoda , Tony Rizzo , Robert Hight , Rod Fuller , Max Naylor , Hillary Will , Matt Scranton , Craig Hankinson , Mike Edwards