One of the all-time legends in the NHRA, Kenny Bernstein announced Tuesday he is retiring from all aspects of the series, including shutting down his Kenny Bernstein Racing team.
He's been out of the cockpit himself since 2007, and after running son Brandon in the Copart-sponsored Top Fuel dragster (ABOVE) the last two years, he'll help Brandon to seek other driving opportunities going forward.
Kenny Bernstein won 18 races as a team owner with Brandon driving, and celebrated his 30th anniversary with Budweiser sponsorship in 2009.
The elder Bernstein will spend more time with his family as his time as an active participant in NHRA ends once again.
“My wife Sheryl and I have come to a place in our lives where we want to pursue other interests,” he said. “We have poured our hearts and souls in motorsports for over 30 years and that's a full time job. It consumes you and there is very little time to relax.
“We are very proud of our accomplishments through the years and it's been a great ride, but we're interested in being able to travel at will, we want to spend some time on the golf course, and we've recently taken up fly fishing, which we really enjoy. It's time to enjoy life while we still have our health.”
NHRA President Tom Compton expressed his gratitude on the part of the organization for Bernstein's contributions to the sport.
“Kenny Bernstein and his entire operation have thrilled fans for more than 30 years and for that NHRA is forever grateful,” said Compton. “His place in NHRA history is undisputed and his accomplishments both on the track and in the board room are second to none.
“He paved the way for team sponsorship in NHRA and showed others how to not only win on the track, but how to service team sponsors and develop long-lasting business relationships. Everyone at NHRA wishes Kenny and Sheryl the best in their new endeavors and I want them to know they are always welcome here at NHRA.”