Bernstein Sets Track Records

ELGIN- Dallas’ Kenny Bernstein set a track record in the Funny Car division, highlighting action in the World Championship Series Points Meet Friday and Saturday at the Blaney Drag Strip.

Bernstein, driving a Plymouth Arrow, turned the quarter-mile in 6.37 seconds or 220.89 m.p.h. He defeated runner-up John Spellman, who ran his Dodge Challenger in a time of 6.81.

Dick LaHaie of DeWitt, Mich, won the top fuel division when he outran Columbia’s Bob Strous. DeWitt was clocked in 6.24 for the quarter-mile, while Strous was timed at 7.75.

In the pro stock division, Jim Kinnett of Stone Mountain, Ga. turned in a time of 8.65 to defeat Indian’s Joe Satinary. With the victory, Kinnett also took the Southeastern Division Championship for his divison.

Jim Head was timed in 6.92 to take top honor in the pro comp division, knocking off second-place Jeff Rapp of Indiana. Allen Gunter of Chattanooga, Tenn. was a winner in the competition eliminator division with time of 9.61 in a Chevy-powered Opal Cadet. He defeated Joe Williams of Kentucky.

Garly Daniels, Driving a Chevy II, took first in the modified eliminator division with a 10.40 clocking. Larry Kopp finished second in a Malibu.

Sonny Ray of Piedmont, Ala. Turned a time of 10.51 in a Barracuda to claim first in the super stock catagory. Dick Henry finished second with a time of 11.02.

John Labbouse drove a Dodge Omni to victory the super pro division, turning in a winning time of 10.05. Dave Edwards took second in 10.11. Jef Taylor won the stock division in a 12.18 clocking, and Bobby Brooks to first in pro gas division at 10.10.

In a special wheel standers race, Bill “Maverick” Golden drove his “Little Red Wagon” to victory, turning the quarter-mile in 10.51. Rick Mehl finished second driving his “Super Wagon” in a time of 10.90.

The weekend of racing ended a series of five National Hot Rod Association races through the Southeast.

July 21, 1980  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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