St. Louis proves to be Gateway to surprises

Just when the NHRA season looked like it was going to settle into predictability, St. Louis came along to shake things up, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: May 7, 2007, 5:05 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN.com

Just when the NHRA POWERade series appeared to be sticking to a familiar rhythm and settling into a steady pattern, the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway east of St. Louis scrambled up the picture.

With three drivers heading into the event with a chance to pick up a third consecutive victory, and one class entrenched in gender-exclusive predictability, who could have foreseen that the familiar was about to go away?

In Top Fuel, Brandon Bernstein came ...

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