Kenny Bernstein became the only NHRA driver ever to claim titles in the Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions despite losing the Top Fuel semifinals Sunday at the Chief Auto Parts Nationals.
Meanwhile, Jim, Yates won the Pro Stock championship with his victory at the Texas Motorplex."Today was a special moment in my racing career," Bernstein said. "We've gone through some lean times en route to this Top Fuel crown."
He was a four-time Funny Car champion from 1985-88.
Yates' eighth victory of the year secured his first Pro Stock championship.
"We wanted to make a statement today and I think we did that," he said. "We wanted to win the race and clinch the championship."
Cory McClenathan wound up winning in Top Fuel and Dale Pulde in Funny Car. The 19-race NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series season ends in two weeks at Pomona, Calif.
McClenathan collected his third win of the season, defeating Scott Kalitta. McClenathan covered the quarter-mile distance in 4.746 seconds at 301.91 mph in the Joe Gibbs-owned dragster.
Pulde, the interim driver for car owner/driver Whit Bazemore who is recovering in a Winston-Salem, N.C., hospital from injuries received in a motorcycle accident Sept. 18, defeated Cruz Pedregon for the first victory ever for Bazemore Racing. Pulde drove a Ford Mustang to a 5.009 clocking at 303.95.
Yates, of Alexandria, Va., collected his third straight win, driving his Pontiac Firebird to a 7.006 timing at 196.20, which edged out Kurt Johnson.