Funny car driver Tim Grose of Saugus won his first National Hot Rod Assn. race Sunday by beating NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein of Dallas in the final of the Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove, Penn.
Grose won with an estimated time of 5.82 at 237.96 m.p.h., compared to Bernstein’s 5.88 at 234.74 m.p.h. Grose made it to the finals after qualifying eighth. Bernstein was the top qualifier with an NHRA funny-car record estimated time of 5.69.
Grose defeated Dale Pulde of Granada Hills in the third round after the rear end on Pulde’s car blew up.
The win moved Grose from 12th to 10th in the NHRA point standings behind Bernstein, who won the championship by making it to the final round. Pulde is second in the standings.
John Lombardo of Newhall, fourth in the overall standings, and Don Prudhomme of Granada Hills, ninth overall, skipped the race.
Off-road racer Glenn Harris of Camarillo snapped an axle and did not finish in the main event of Saturday’s Mickey Thompson SCORE Off-Road Championship at Orange Show Stadium in San Bernardino. Toyota driver Steve Millen won the unlimited class-7 event.
It was the final event of the five-race series. Harris finished fifth in the points standings behind winner Roger Mears.
Steve Goldstein has been named the new boys basketball coach at Oak Park High in Agoura. The former Montclair Prep assistant replaces Todd Corman.
Greg Reece, after a successful career at Viewpoint, has been named the new softball coach at Montclair Prep.
Ken Barone has left his position at Ventura College to return as basketball coach at Newbury Park High, replacing Dennis McKeown.