Kenny Bernstein is hot! AHRA Nationals and NHRA Mile-High F/C wins in two
consecutive weeks. The beaming Texan was a bit gloomy after two lackluster
qualifying attempts Friday. It's amazing what a Saturday 6.00/241 (No. 1
spot, Track Record, Event Low ET and Top Speed) can do for a guy's outlook.
Not everyone was overjoyed - namely, Don Prudhomme. "The Snake"
was bumped to No. 2 for his 6.12/227. Tom Hovland, Mason City, Iowa's pride
and joy, was third at 6.19/217. John Collins, also having a strong season,
arrived at Dragway 42 minus Bill Shultz and the "Over the Hill
Gang" and with a broken motor. A fifteen-hour thrash produced a
6.39/206, good enough for fourth.
Tom Motry of Shaver, Wolniec & Motry, placed fifth in the
"Golddigger" Mustang II (no times given on qualifying sheet....
here's your trivia question of the day...what was the qualifying times for
Motry?). Jim McMurray, the designated hitter for Nelson Lengle's
"Sno-Town Shaker" 'Vette, scored a 6.96/168 for sixth. The
Colorado bomber features a new one-off body built by San Juan Fiberglas Pool
& Spas, one of Nelson's sponsors. The "Fighting Irish" Trans
Am of Dick Rosberg nabbed the seventh spot with a 7.15/187. Larry Gould
wrapped up the field with an 8.46/101 effort.
Don't laugh at the Iowa farm boys, folks. "Fighting Irish" Dick
Rosberg got kicked right in the shamrocks by Tom Hovland in the first
pairing on Sunday. Both racers experienced tire shake, but Hovland recovered
first, recording a 6.43/210 to 6.85/193 win. Larry Gould must be feeling a
bit of "deja vu" as he once again was matched up against John
Collins in the first round. And once again, the ex-Ford fanatic lost to the
Pioneer Audio Express, 6.45/213 to 6.54/214 when he destroyed an engine in
the lights after a futile effort to chase down Collins. Kenny
"Budweiser King" Bernstein unceremoniously dumped Tom Motry,
6.18/229 to 7.19/153, dropping several cylinders in the process. The Cam
2/Pepsi Challenger of Don Prudhomme advanced into the semi-finals
uncontested as Jim McMurray and the Sno-Town Shaker broke on the burnout and
pulled off the right side of the track to allow Prudhomme the single.
In the first semi-final match, Hovland's lengthy AHRA win streak was
finally halted by Bernstein, 6.25/203 to an off pace 6.51/202. In the second
semi-final contest, Prudhomme stepped back into the teens after a last
minute lane change and defeated a slowing John Collins; 6.15/237 to 6.64 (no
speed given). These two met in the finals here in 1978 with the same
The finals were a repeat of the recent AHRA Nationals competition, but
this time Prudhomme experienced sweet revenge as he beat Bernstein; 6.19/239
to 6.84/151. It looks like the "Snake" is back!