Bernsteins enjoy racing in Dallas hometown
Dallas, pre-race: The Bernstein name is well-known in Texas racing circles. Each year when the NHRA circuit makes it annual stop at the Texas Motorplex, it’s as if Kenny and Brandon Bernstein journey back to their roots.
When six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein and his son Brandon get to the Motorplex for O’Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals Sept. 19-21, they will see many familiar faces.
Kenny started his racing career in and around the Dallas area. Some of the car owners that he originally drove for in the early days of his career, Mitchell and Donald Anderson, Vance Hunt, along with Bobby Langley, are annual guests in the Bernstein pit area. They still bench race and tell tales of the early days of racing. The only one missing from the familiar confines of the pit area is Kenny’s father Bert, who succumbed to cancer in 2005 shortly after watching his grandson Brandon win in St. Louis.
Brandon’s mother and many Texas A & M college friends are always on-site to cheer the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team. Brandon won the Dallas event in 2006 with family and friends helping to celebrate the team’s victory.
This year the Texas event is the second race in the six-race playoffs in the Countdown to 1 to determine the championship.
“It’s always nice to be home in Dallas,” said Brandon. “It’s comfortable and being around family and friends will hopefully ease the stress of the playoffs. We still have to be focused. Every round of every race is going to be critical in terms of staying alive for the championship.
“We’ve got four runner-up finishes this season, so it would be great to peak now and go on a winning streak to build some points. Last year we were in contention for the championship until the semifinals of the final race of the year.
“We’re going to work hard to hopefully be in the hunt at the final race. There’s some tough competition out there but we have a lot of talent and experience on our team. We’ve got our fingers crossed.”
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