But it wasn’t all good news in the Bernstein camp. In his first competitive run in three years, Kenny Bernstein’s return to Funny Car ended at half-track. The car backfired and slowed, crossing the line in 12.935 at 60.80. “He was disappointed,” Brandon said. Andy Bolwar of Paradise Valley, Ariz., was airlifted to USC Medical Center as a precaution following a crash during Super Comp qualifying Thursday night. His Pontiac slammed into the retaining wall after the run. According to NHRA emergency services, Bolwar was responsive and taken to the hospital for evaluation. Greg Anderson debuted a new engine in taking the top spot in Pro Stock at 6.647 at 208.33. “I think we have a workable product with lots of room for improvement, which is good because with the way the points deal is now you need to peak at the end of the year,” he said. Scott Griffin has joined longtime friends Mark and Andy Carrier as a partner in Carrier Boyz Racing, which fields a Top Fuel dragster driven by Cory McClenathan. In his Top Fuel debut, Whit Bazemore put himself into the field with a run of 4.533 at 321.04. “I felt at home and that was good for my confidence. This team is unbelievable and they’ve made the transition so easy. My car is perfect,” said Bazemore, who raced Funny Cars for 17 years. email@example.com (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It ran great,” Bernstein said of the pass in his Budweiser-sponsored car. “It shook a little about 60 feet out, but it cleared up right away and my vision cleared up and then it just took off. “We were going 277 mph at half-track so it was hauling. It’s great to be No. 1, but it’s obviously very early. We had a lot of momentum at the end of last year and we’re hoping to keep that alive heading into this season.” POMONA – Brandon Bernstein doesn’t think he’s lost in the shuffle this weekend at the NHRA Winternationals, despite the debut of fellow brat packer Ashley Force and the return of his father to the quarter-mile. He drove home the point Thursday after opening the NHRA Powerade drag racing Top Fuel series season with a run of 4.494 seconds at 331.61 mph. It was the best among the dragsters in the first of four qualifying sessions before Sunday’s eliminations.