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Bad Luck Bites Bernstein On Final Qualifying Run At Indy

INDIANAPOLIS - Sept. 1, 2013 - There is never a good time for bad luck to hit, and Brandon Bernstein and the Top Fuel dragster team suffered through more than their share this weekend at the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

It had been a long time since Bernstein's car suffered a cylinder failure at the hit of the throttle. On Sunday he needed a do-or-die run to make the field for Monday's eliminations, and the car dropped a hole at the step, dooming his chances of making the show.

"You aren't going to make the race on seven cylinders," Bernstein said. "You never want to be in a position where you have to make a run to get in the field, especially at an important race like this one. Bad luck is bad luck. We've got no choice but to fix our problems and get back at it in Charlotte."

Bernstein's best pass was in 3.909 seconds at 315.27 mph, which was 19th best on the time sheet. Teammate Morgan Lucas was the last driver in the field, qualifying in 16th with a pass of 3.878 seconds at 313.80 mph.

"It's such a huge disappointment," Bernstein said. "This is the home race for the team and for Lucas Oil, and you always want to do something special for all of our friends, family, and fans who come out to the track and root us on."

Bernstein said it's not in his team's nature to stew on the disappointment for very long, so they'll rebound right away.

"We had a really good test last week and we thought we'd really turned a corner with our performance," Bernstein said. "I know (crew chief) Joe Barlam and the guys are going to go over our data from the weekend and the test and come up with a plan to get everything fixed.

"After the DNQ we had in Bristol last year, we turned it all around and finished the season strong, including that win to end the season in Pomona. I'm confident the Protect The Harvest guys can do the same thing with the last six races of the year."