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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:55 PM 08/07/06 (CST)
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Smarting from a 'Western' whupping, Brandon and Bud Boys ready to race

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By Rob Geiger Sr., NHRA.com Senior Editor
8/7/2006


The last time Brandon Bernstein suffered three consecutive first-round losses he responded with a victory. Coming off a tough Western Swing that produced another three-race streak of early exits, the son of legend Kenny Bernstein is hoping for a similar rebound when the $50 million POWERade Drag Racing Series returns to Brainerd International Raceway this weekend for the 25th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.


Bernstein says his Bud machine can still win it all.

"I like that stat," an upbeat Bernstein said from his home in southern California. "Winning Brainerd would sure soothe the wounds we suffered on the Western Swing. We came out of St. Louis on such a high note and we were hoping we would really make a move up the standings on the Swing, but instead we struggled. It was a real blow."

After a big runner-up finish to Tony Schumacher in longtime sponsor Budweiser's backyard at Gateway International Raceway, Bernstein was within striking distance of then points leader Melanie Troxel, whittling his deficit down to just 110 points. Three Round 1 losses later, Bernstein has slipped to 170 points behind current leader Doug Kalitta and dropped from third to fourth place in the POWERade rankings.

"Frustrating is a real good word," Bernstein said. "We were poised to make a charge. I guarantee you everyone on this team thought we would for sure. I think what makes it so painful is that the Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster was running so well. We qualified third, first, and second out there. It wasn't like we were struggling just to make the bottom half of the field. Tim and Kim [Richards, co-crew chiefs] had the tune-up as our qualifying efforts showed."

The problems arrived on raceday where Bernstein failed to make it down the track under full power against Mike Strasburg, Alan Bradshaw, and Larry Dixon. Adding to the misery is the fact the best pass his three competitors posted was Bradshaw's very beatable 4.77.

"We had weather conditions none of us had ever encountered before throughout the Swing," Bernstein said. "The first round is always run during a different time of the day then when you qualify, so there is some change there, plus the weather and the track conditions fluctuated on us. No excuses; we all run down the same track. It just didn't work out for us this time.


Having Tim Richards on your side is a plus, says Bernstein.

"I'm a positive person and I've learned to get over deals like this. This team remains very positive and we know we're not out of it yet. Just look at [Tony] Schumacher. It looked like he was totally out of it three races ago. Now he's made up the gap. We have eight races left so I know we can make up ground too.

"The plan is to go into Brainerd and just do what we know how to do. We need a round win. Then we'll try to win two, and just go from there. It doesn't do anybody any good to beat themselves up over what happened in the past."

When Bernstein looks at the round-by-round statistics, he quickly sees that the three drivers in front of him -- Kalitta, Troxel, and Schumacher -- all have multiple first-round losses as well.

"It happens to everyone," he said. "And you know going into the stretch run here that the big teams will all end up racing each other early at some point. We'll probably all get upset along the way. That's just how it is. What we need to do is limit our mistakes and try very hard to capitalize when one of the teams in front of us stumbles. You can make up 80 points in a single race."

Of course, the down times for Bernstein are tempered by the sage advice of father Kenny, who owns the team and attends every race.

"We talk a lot," Brandon said. "He's such a great sounding board for me and you couldn't ask for a broader wealth of knowledge. Of course he's frustrated by our performance as the team owner but he knows it's part of the racing business. He's been there before and his resolve keeps me focused.

"Brainerd would be a great place to turn this little slip-up around. It's a Lucas Oil race and they're a big part of our team so it would be awesome to do well for them at their race. We'll be ready."





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:31 AM 08/08/06 (CST)
CK,
I was watching the Driving Force tv show last night. I was wondering if John Force and his daughters will be racing there. I saw that one of his daughters, I think Ashley, got her Funny car license doing the 1/4 mile @ 315 mph. Mr. Force was pretty excited! Just wondering if they will all be there?



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:49 AM 08/08/06 (CST)
yes they will. Driving Force is shot through the whole year & now that Ashley,Brittney & my favorite Courtney are in cars & BIR is a big deal in the NHRA world.
They run alcohol dragsters at around 10 a.m.fri.for quals. I'll be there to watch her & maybe get her to hug me for a pic.
I'll get all of their autographs. John is cool,I had a chance to shoot the bull with him last year as he was in the zoo on a cart.Traffic was stop & go & we were next to each other. You'd see everyone out there.They love the zoo,all of the teams get a charge from it. 40,000 racing fanatics all cheering as the putz by.

I'm ready to pull the plug now,but I can't get in until Thurs. morning.
Driving Force is a great show for NHRA. Too many hotties not to get the attention.

Jason Line is a local & he is in the lead see the story...Points leader Line heads to BIR hoping for perfect homecoming

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8/8/2006



Jason Line

There was a time not very long ago when Jason Line probably never considered the possibility of being a Pro Stock competitor on the NHRA POWERade tour. Now the driver of the Summit Racing Pontiac GTO returns to his drag-racing roots, Brainerd International Raceway and the 25th annual Lucas Oil Nationals, as the series points leader. Line will head home to Minnesota looking to continue his winning ways as he deftly pursues his first POWERade Pro Stock title.

"It's nice to be able to head back home in first place," said Line. "My dad is especially excited. He was really hoping for this and it's going to be a lot of fun. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be leading the NHRA Pro Stock standings - not in a million years. When I actually get home and see my old friends, the guys I used to bracket race with, and run Stock and Super Stock with, I think it's going to sink in a little bit more. I owe it all, though, to Ken Black, Summit Racing, Pontiac, all the sponsors, Greg (Anderson) and my teammates who make it possible. The guys are doing a great job on the racecar and I'm just fortunate to be able to drive it."

The 37-year-old Line's recent performance on the just completed three-race Western Swing has helped to move him around teammate Greg Anderson and into first-place for the first time in his career. At the Mile High Nationals in Denver, the 2004 NHRA Rookie of the Year took over the lead position for the first time this season when he was runner-up to Chevy Cobalt driver Dave Connolly. A final-round victory over V. Gaines at Sonoma (Calif.), Line's third in 2006, helped extend his lead to 64 points over second-place Anderson, 122 points over third-place Connolly and 188 points over fourth-place Jim Yates.


"Our performance on at least two of the three races was certainly encouraging, and personally, it was the best Western Swing I've ever had," said Line. "It shows that the KB Racing team has a pretty good shot at winning the championship again this year which makes going to Brainerd that much more exciting. At the same time, there are a lot of good teams behind both Greg and myself who are keeping up the pressure - Yates, Connolly, Kurt (Johnson), (Mike) Edwards, all of those guys. We have to win it out and we managed to do that in Sonoma. Either way, leading the points or chasing the leader is okay with me. I haven't led long enough to really get a feel for what that's like, so ask me again in a couple of races. The bottom line is that you have to win rounds and we managed to do that in Sonoma.

"This Summit Racing Pontiac is definitely the best car I've ever driven. I'm the most comfortable in it, and performance-wise, it's second to none as far as other cars I've raced over the years. The Sonoma weekend was big for the whole team in general because we have Greg's (Anderson) car running just as good, if not better, than mine. That's one of the things the KB Racing team has prided itself on in the past - getting our two Pontiacs to run with the same kind of winning performance. We hadn't done that during the first half of the season, and at Sonoma, we turned the corner, with plenty of good things to expect from both cars."

Line grew up in nearby Wright, Minn., about 90 minutes northeast of Brainerd, and as such, he is certainly no stranger to the BIR winner's circle. Line won national events in Stock eliminator at BIR in both 1992 and 1997, and in 1993, he was the NHRA Stock eliminator national champion.

"When I started racing at Brainerd in the mid-'80s, I didn't even have a driver's license yet," said Line. "I was 15 and had what they call in Minnesota a 'Farmer's License.' If you lived on a farm you could drive a car or a truck in the daytime within 20 miles of your home, and that was all that I had. When I pulled up to the gate for my first race they never asked me for a driver's license, so I figured we would go for it."

After spending seven years as a dyno operator at Gibbs Racing (where he was a part of that organization's two NASCAR Winston Cup championships with Bobby Labonte in 2000 and Tony Stewart in 2002), Line joined Ken Black Racing in 2003 as the driver of its second Pontiac Pro Stock Car. In 2004, Line won four national events, advanced to eights finals, captured 42 eliminator rounds and finished second in the POWERade points standings behind Anderson, which was good enough to earn NHRA Rookie of the Year honors.

Shrugging off any talk of a sophomore jinx, Line scored his second straight top-three finish in 2005, and his four wins equaled his previous year's total. The Summit Racing Pontiac GTO driver captured his first victory of the season at Gainesville (Fla.) in March, and then went on to blister the competition in June with wins at Chicago and Englishtown before picking up his fourth and final victory of the year at the second Chicago meet in September. A comparatively slow start in 2006 had Line sitting as far back as eighth in the standings after a first-round loss at the Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., in March. But a win at Bristol (Tenn.) in April, a third straight victory at Englishtown (N.J.), combined with seven round wins and two final-round appearances on the Western Swing has helped to complete Line's slow crawl back to the front of the pack.

"Everyone on our KB Racing team comes together to accomplish a single goal and that's to win races," said Line. "We're one team with two race cars and regardless of who wins, whether it's Greg or myself, the guys do whatever it takes to get the job done. At the same time, we have fun doing it. We get along and have pretty good chemistry, and you need that if you're going to be successful long-term."








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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:56 AM 08/08/06 (CST)
CK,
Sounds good, I wish I had some more vacation, I would meet you there to watch the qualies and get an autograph and a picture. I totally agree, it is a great show for the sport, look it has me wanting to come up there grin smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:58 AM 08/08/06 (CST)
Tell me something I don't know BD. Man time is going by so sssllloooowwwwwwwwww.
I'll give her a smootch for ya.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:19 AM 08/08/06 (CST)
CK,
Sounds good, but don't get slapped for me too. I don't like that! crazy smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:36 AM 08/08/06 (CST)
Are you kidding,she'll fall head over heels in love with me. Then I'll have to quit my job & use her dough to start fishing some tournements,then I'll get a national syndicated outdoors show.
After I get my dad in law John on you'll be my next guest BD.
I got it all figured out in my head.
Oh ,I was dreaming! crap!



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