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Bernstein, Cannon Among Leaders
at Pep Boys NHRA 50th Anniversary Nationals 

By NHRA.com

POMONA, Calif. -- Kenny Bernstein clocked the quickest Top Fuel run Thursday to lead qualifying for the Pep Boys NHRA 50th Anniversary Nationals presented by American Racing Wheels at Pomona Raceway. The $2 million race is the first nighttime drag race held in Southern California in more than 20 years.

Scotty Cannon, George Marnell and Angelle Savoie were the leaders in their respective categories at the 13th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Howard Haight was the leader in the exhibition nostalgia top fuel category.

Bernstein powered his Budweiser King dragster to a 4.633-second run at 317.64 mph to edge Mike Dunn for the top spot. The NY Yankees dragster driver was second, posting a 4.654 at 320.81. Qualifying continues Friday at 3:30 p.m. for Saturday's eliminations.

"The main thing we were concerned about today was the track conditions and it is coming around pretty good," said Bernstein, referring to the repaved track surface. "Actually, it was better than we thought it was going to be. Everyone was real cautious today, but it's only going to get better tomorrow. Especially tomorrow evening -- I think we'll see some good numbers in that session."

Cannon was quickest in Funny Car, recording a 4.862 at 318.39 in the Oakley Pontiac Firebird. 

"This is just one run, it's not winning the race," Cannon said. "We've still got some work to do. We need four good runs on Saturday to get the job done."

Marnell paced the Pro Stock lineup, covering the distance in 6.958 seconds at 197.48 mph in a Pontiac Grand Am. 

Savoie led Pro Stock Motorcycle, speeding down the quarter-mile in 7.260 at 181.84 on her Team Winston Suzuki. 

Haight paced nostalgia top fuel, driving his front-motored dragster to a 6.168 at 215.62. 

POMONA, Calif. -- Thursday's results after qualifying for the Inaugural Pep Boys NHRA 50th Anniversary Nationals presented by American Racing Wheels at Pomona Raceway, 13th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Qualifying continues Friday for Saturday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Kenny Bernstein, 4.633 seconds, 317.64 mph; 2. Mike Dunn, 4.645, 320.81; 3. Gary Scelzi, 4.646, 306.95; 4. Larry Dixon, 4.650, 311.27; 5. Doug Kalitta, 4.688, 308.57; 6. Doug Herbert, 4.697, 315.64; 7. Tony Schumacher, 4.704, 317.72; 8. Darrell Russell, 4.733, 314.61; 9. Andrew Cowin, 4.738, 308.78; 10. David Grubnic, 4.769, 298.80; 11. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 4.808, 306.53; 12. Bobby Baldwin, 4.857, 282.36; 13. Gary Clapshaw, 5.101, 238.68; 14. Tim Gibson, 10.404, 80.02. 

Funny Car -- 1. Scotty Cannon, Pontiac Firebird, 4.862, 318.39; 2. Gary Densham, Ford Mustang, 4.877, 319.07; 3. Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 4.878, 314.68; 4. Dean Skuza, Dodge R/T, 4.879, 306.33; 5. Whit Bazemore, Firebird, 4.902, 310.27; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., Chevy Camaro, 4.928, 299.26; 7. Del Worsham, Firebird, 4.958, 311.85; 8. John Force, Mustang, 4.962, 306.33; 9. Frank Pedregon, Firebird, 4.969, 289.07; 10. Jim Epler, Camaro, 4.990, 299.93; 11. Jerry Toliver, Firebird, 5.007, 301.47; 12. Bruce Sarver, Firebird, 5.016, 306.53; 13. Johnny Gray, Firebird, 5.045, 299.80; 14. Al Hofmann, Firebird, 5.068, 294.50; 15. Bob Bode, Dodge Avenger, 5.088, 302.55; 16. Chuck Etchells, Camaro, 5.115, 289.26. 

Pro Stock -- 1. George Marnell, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.958, 197.78; 2. Mike Edwards, Chevy Cavalier, 6.960, 198.82; 3. Warren Johnson, Grand Am, 6.961, 198.70; 4. Ron Krisher, Cavalier, 6.966, 198.99; 5. Jim Yates, Grand Am, 6.971, 198.29; 6. Kurt Johnson, Cavalier, 6.976, 198.29; 7. Bruce Allen, Grand Am, 6.978, 197.88; 8. Troy Coughlin, Cavalier, 6.987, 197.59; 9. Mark Pawuk, Grand Am, 6.989, 197.80; 10. Mark Osborne, Dodge R/T, 6.990, 197.22; 11. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier, 6.996, 198.55; 12. V. Gaines, Cavalier, 6.997, 197.88; 13. Darrell Alderman, R/T, 7.001, 197.77; 14. Ben Watson, Pontiac Firebird, 7.019, 196.64; 15. Tom Martino, Grand Am, 7.025, 198.00; 16. Larry Morgan, R/T, 7.028, 196.39. 

Pro Stock Bike -- 1. Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, 7.260, 181.84; 2. Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.280, 182.72; 3. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.305, 183.37; 4. Geno Scali, Suzuki, 7.341, 184.35; 5. Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.353, 183.17; 6. Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.362, 181.52; 7. Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.397, 181.79; 8. Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.409, 179.64; 9. GT Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.423, 180.00; 10. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.437, 180.19; 11. Ron Ayers, Suzuki, 7.450, 180.33; 12. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.466, 175.48; 13. Peggy Llewellyn, Suzuki, 7.511, 175.32; 14. Brian DeLong, Suzuki, 7.557, 177.39; 15. Greg Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.566, 176.05; 16. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 7.568, 169.81. 

Nostalgia Top Fuel -- 1. Howard Haight, 6.168, 215.62; 2. Bob Muravez, 6.169, 214.66; 3. Bill Dunlap, 6.236, 212.56; 4. Gerry Steiner, 6.284, 211.69; 5. Jack Harris, 6.309, 232.07; 6. Jeff Diehl, 6.349, 204.08; 7. Rick McGee, 6.394, 209.79; 8. Dale Pulde, 6.407, 220.04.

-- NHRA.com

 

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