Dallas Bernstein story (Top Fuel)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 BERNSTEIN COMES HOME TO TEXAS PLAYING THE SPOILER'S ROLE ENNIS, Texas -- Kenny Bernstein made a triumphant return to Texas last October, clinching his first NHRA Winston Top...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 BERNSTEIN COMES HOME TO TEXAS PLAYING THE SPOILER'S ROLE ENNIS, Texas -- Kenny Bernstein made a triumphant return to Texas last October, clinching his first NHRA Winston Top Fuel championship at the Revell Nationals. There's no chance of a sweet repeat this year for Bernstein, fifth in the NHRA Winston point standings in the Budweiser King Dragster. But he still thinks he can play a major part in the championship chase, but in a different role. "Our entire team is coming together, and we're enjoying our 'spoiler' role as we go through the final stretch of the season," Bernstein said. That's a role Bernstein is playing very well lately. Bernstein, from Dallas, could make life miserable for NHRA Winston championship contenders Gary Scelzi and Cory McClenathan at the 12th annual, $1,604,500 Revell Nationals, Oct. 16-19 at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. Bernstein has made a late-season resurgence after enduring one of the toughest emotional swings of his storied career. Bernstein and Dale Armstrong, his crew chief for five Winston titles since 1982, agreed to part company Sept. 8. Bernstein quickly hired Lee Beard as crew chief and has appeared in two of three final rounds since Beard's arrival, earning his second victory of the season at the Sears Craftsman Nationals in late September at Topeka, Kan. Beard has made a sudden impact with a major change in the clutch setup. But Beard kept Armstrong's engine setup at Topeka, relying on the wisdom of team computer guru Ray Alley. "We were down emotionally because we ended a long relationship with Dale," Bernstein said. "But we gathered ourselves up over the intervening weeks. That's behind us, and it's time to go on. It's exciting to have a new direction and a new leader."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , Gary Scelzi , Cory McClenathan