Dallas: Post-race notes

TOP FUEL * Kenny Bernstein, from Lake Forest, Calif., won his second event of the 2003 season by defeating Scott Kalitta in the final round. Bernstein powered his Budweiser dragster to the finish line in 4.514-seconds at 327.86 mph to outrun ...

TOP FUEL

* Kenny Bernstein, from Lake Forest, Calif., won his second event of the 2003 season by defeating Scott Kalitta in the final round. Bernstein powered his Budweiser dragster to the finish line in 4.514-seconds at 327.86 mph to outrun Kalitta's Jesse James/MAC Tools dragster, which recorded a performance of 8.685 at 84.90 after the car lost traction early in the run. It was the 67th career win for Bernstein and his first in Top Fuel at the Motorplex. His last win at the Motorplex was in 1986 in a Funny Car.

* Larry Dixon, from Indianapolis, clinched his second consecutive NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championship. After beating Bill Ancona in the first round, Dixon sealed the championship with a second round win over Darrell Russell. The Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite team has earned eight victories in 13 final rounds in the first 21 races of the season.

* Bernstein joined an elite group of drivers with his first round win over David Baca. Bernstein surpassed the 1,000-round appearance mark to join only John Force and Warren Johnson in this category. With the victory, Bernstein has appeared in 1,002 elimination rounds.

* Tony Schumacher was the No. 1 qualifier for the third time in 2003 and seventh time in his career. He drove his U.S. Army dragster to a 4.548 run at 333.12 to pace the 16-car field in qualifying.

* Kalitta set the track record for speed and recorded the fastest speed in NHRA history, going 333.95 during his second round win over his cousin, Doug Kalitta. Scott Kalitta was unable to back it up within 1 percent for the national record.

* Dixon lost in the semifinal round to Bernstein. The two-time defending POWERade Top Fuel champion has yet to post a first-round loss this season.

* Over the last two seasons, Dixon has owned the Top Fuel points lead following 43 of 44 races.

FUNNY CAR

* John Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., earned his third win of the year in his Castrol GTX High-Mileage Ford Mustang. Force's 109th career victory came on a 4.889 pass at 317.68, beating Dean Skuza's 5.013 at 274.30 in his Cornwell Tools Pontiac Firebird.

* With the victory, Force maintained his No. 3 spot in the POWERade Funny Car point standings. His teammate and current Funny Car points leader, Tony Pedregon, was beat by Skuza in the semifinal round. No. 2 in the standings, Whit Bazemore, was beat in the second round by Del Worsham. The Funny Car championship is still up for grabs, as there are 276 points still left to be earned in the final two races of the season. Pedregon leads Bazemore by 114 points.

* Force earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the fifth time this season and 117th time of his career. He drove his Ford Mustang to a run of 4.814 at 322.11 to take the top spot.

* Whit Bazemore earned a $1,000 bonus by earning the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award when he defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. by 0.0022 of-a-second margin of victory in the first round of Funny Car eliminations.

* Pedregon still holds the top spot in the Funny Car standings. Pedregon has been No. 1 following all but three events this season.

PRO STOCK * Greg Anderson, a Duluth, Minn. native, scored his 10th win of the season and 14th of his career by beating Jeg Coughlin in the final round. Anderson has been in 13 final rounds this season. Anderson went 6.807 at 203.66 in his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am to beat Coughlin's 6.833 at 202.02 in his Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier.

* With his second round win over Gene Wilson combined with a second round loss for No. 2 Kurt Johnson, Anderson clinched his first NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship. Anderson has been on the championship team before, as he was the crew chief for three of Warren Johnson's six Pro Stock championships. Anderson worked for Johnson during the 1992-'93, '95 winning campaigns.

* Anderson and Coughlin have faced each other in the final round four times, splitting the wins. Coughlin beat Anderson at Sonoma, Calif. and Chicago 2 while Anderson won at Memphis and Dallas.

* Anderson earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the 12th time this season and 15th of his career. He drove his Grand Am to a run of 6.826 at 203.11 for the No. 1 spot.

* Notable DNQ's: Jim Yates, Mike Edwards, Ron Krisher and Darrell Alderman.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher , David Baca , Gene Wilson , Scott Kalitta , Don Prudhomme , Mike Edwards , Jesse James , Tommy Johnson Jr.