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The historic double marked the first time a father and son had won an NHRA national event on the same day, and the elder Bernstein compared the experience favorably to the day, nearly a decade earlier, when he achieved drag racing immortality by running the sport's first 300- mph speed in Gainesville.

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A     mazingly, it has been nearly a decade since NHRA
      hosted its first national event in Nevada, but my
memories of the inaugural SummitRacing.com NHRA
                                                          2000, then returned a year later for one of the most
                                                          memorable days of his long career when he won
                                                          again and was joined in the winner’s circle by his
                                                                                                                            Founder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wally Parks

                                                                                                                            Board Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas Gardner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1913-2007


                                                                                                                                                                                Board of Directors
Nationals are as fresh as they were in 2000. Following    son, Brandon, who claimed the Top Alcohol Dragster                                                      Dallas Gardner Dick Wells
a monotonous and uneventful three-hour drive across       title a few moments later. The historic double                                                   Tom Compton Peter Clifford Graham Light
the Mojave desert, it didn’t take me long to realize that marked the first time a father and son had won an                 President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Compton
something special was about to unfold when I hit the      NHRA national event on the same day, and the elder                Executive Vice President/General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Clifford
outskirts of Las Vegas and spotted a larger-than-life     Bernstein compared the experience favorably to the                Senior Vice President-Racing Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graham Light
                                                                                                                                  Director of Racing Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh Peterson
image of NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel world champ          day, nearly a decade earlier, when he achieved drag               Vice President-Technical Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Gray
Larry Dixon gracing the giant neon marquee of the         racing immortality by running the sport’s first 300-                    Director of Top Fuel & Funny Car Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Olson
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. A little farther down     mph speed in Gainesville.                                               Senior Director - National Technical Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Taylor
                                                                                                                                  National Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danny Gracia
the famed Las Vegas Strip, Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel            With more than 50 Pro Stock victories on his                  Senior Vice President-Sales & Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Darcy
dragster was proudly displayed in the lobby of what       résumé, Greg Anderson wins just about everywhere,                       Senior Director of Sales & Business Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Siragusa
was then the world’s largest hotel, the magnificent       but he has been particularly effective in Las Vegas,                    Director of Licensing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Thacker
                                                                                                                                  Marketing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Raasch
MGM Grand. Meanwhile, downtown on Fremont                 which is the home of his team owner, Ken Black.                   Vice President-National Event Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Cromwell
Street, several other drag racing-themed displays were    Anderson has carried the Summit Racing Equipment                        Director of Field Marketing & Contingency Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Lotz
attracting large crowds of curious onlookers.             banner to six Las Vegas titles, sweeping both races                     Director of Advertising & Promotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Pesetski
                                                                                                                            Vice President-National Event Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Kraushar
    I hadn’t even laid eyes on the spectacular new        in 2003, 2004, and 2007.                                          Vice President-Public Relations & Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Archambeault
Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway yet, but it was             Dixon, Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), and Jeg                          Director of Media Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony Vestal
already becoming apparent that NHRA Full Throttle         Coughlin (Pro Stock) have also hit the jackpot by                       Director of Public Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michael Padian
                                                                                                                                  Director of Broadcasting & Video Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Trace
Drag Racing was                                                                                   claiming four Las         Vice President-Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adriane Ridder
going to be a              “A lot has changed over the last Vegas wins apiece,                                                   Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Burgess
perfect match for                                                                                 and two-time Funny             Director of Advertising Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Morton
the fast-paced,            10 years, but the bond between Car champion Tony                                                 Vice President & General Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Louie
                                                                                                                            Director of Customer & Ticket Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Boudreau
action-packed                NHRA racers and fans and the                                         Pedregon, who             Director of Human Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marleen Gurrola
atmosphere that                                                                                   enjoys a special          Director of Information Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jared Robison
has made Las                     city of Las Vegas has not.”                                      relationship with                                                    NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
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and the city of Las Vegas has not. The                    their share of upsets and long shots. Jim Epler was
SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals and the second            listed as a 25-1 underdog by the local sports books
Las Vegas national event, which is held in late October   when he won the Funny Car title at the inaugural                                                       NORTHEAST DIVISION OFFICE
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