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Bernstein honored with Kentucky Colonel commission

9/11/2002

Six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein has a another title to add to his résumé as the retiring Top Fuel pro was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, joining an impressive list of notables who have been commissioned, including Pope Paul II, astronaut John Glenn, and Muhammad Ali. Being commissioned a Kentucky Colonel is the highest honor bestowed by the State of Kentucky upon a private citizen and only the sitting Governor has the power to issue the commission.

Butch Stewart, the Reading Clerk for the House of Representatives' Kentucky General assembly and a big NHRA drag racing fan who attended his first U.S. Nationals in 1967, was the one who got the ball rolling.

"When I heard Kenny was retiring from driving at the end of this season, I decided to do something to commemorate the occasion," said Stewart. " I went to his website, downloaded his biography and long list of accomplishments and submitted it to Governor [Paul] Patton for consideration to commission Kenny a Kentucky Colonel. He absolutely agreed that he was worthy of the honor and issued the Colonel certificate and allowed me the privilege of making the presentation at the U.S Nationals."


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