SONOMA, Calif. (July 28) - Much as it was the case in his run to the final round in the MAVTV/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster last week, Brandon Bernstein is hoping consistency during eliminations will be the key to success at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday.
"We're going to try and use some of that momentum we gained in Denver tomorrow and try to run in the 3.70s," Bernstein said. "We know the track is going to be awesome and we're going to have to run a .78 or .79 to win first round."
Bernstein's best pass was 3.806 seconds at 316.90 mph, which was good enough to earn the No. 7 qualifying position. He goes up against No. 10 qualifier Bob Vandergriff, whose best pass was 3.828 seconds at 320.66 mph.
"Bob's going to be a tough customer," Bernstein said. "He's made it down the track just about every time this weekend. We just have to make it down the track ourselves and we should be fine.
"You know Bob is going to run a good number and we're going to be right there with him."
The MAVTV rail was up and down during qualifying in Denver last week, but came to life in eliminations and carried Bernstein to his second final round appearance of the season. The car has performed in a similar way so far this weekend.
"We stumbled a little bit today," Bernstein said. "But I really feel like that we are consistent with the way our crew chief Joe Barlam is tuning the car. It should be just fine tomorrow.
"The weather conditions have been spectacular this weekend and the cars are capable of really flying. It's so much easier on the crew guys. I'm confident we can make another deep run Sunday."
It's the first time this season that Bernstein and Vandergriff have been paired on race day.
Eliminations for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals get under way at 11 a.m. PDT on Sunday.
Source: Lucas Racing