Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


NHRA Legend Kenny Bernstein To Warm-Up Antron Brown’s Top Fuel Dragster At Mile-High Nationals

This Friday, July 14, the nitro world will experience a nostalgic hit of horsepower when NHRA legend, Kenny Bernstein, warms up Antron Brown’s Matco Tools/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster for the kick-off qualifying session of the NHRA Mile-High Nationals.

The “King of Speed” Kenny Bernstein, a six-time NHRA series champion and International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, will swap seats with Antron Brown, a three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champ and team owner, to warm up the 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster in Brown’s pit at Bandimere Speedway. The occasion will mark Bernstein’s first time returning to the seat of a nitro car since 2007. The historic moment is set for 2:30 p.m. MT.

Post-warmup, fans will get the chance to hear from the two top 10 winningest NHRA drivers directly as they reflect on their illustrious careers and this remarkable occurrence.

Bandimere Speedway has been a favorable battleground for both Bernstein and Brown, with the latter scoring three event championships and Bernstein claiming four Denver victories.

The legacy and achievements of both Bernstein and Brown are nothing short of astonishing. Brown, ranked seventh among the winningest drivers in NHRA history, has secured 72 wins, including 56 Top Fuel and 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle victories. Just a step behind, Bernstein, ranked eighth, has an impressive tally of 69 wins—39 in Top Fuel and 30 in Funny Car.

This won’t be the first time Bernstein and Brown’s records align. Last year, Brown equaled Bernstein’s career wins when he secured his first victory as a team owner at the 2022 Menards NHRA Nationals in Topeka, Kan.

It’s been decades since Bernstein became the first NHRA driver to smash the 300-mph barrier in 1992, earning him the much-deserved moniker “King of Speed.” Bernstein’s return to warm up Brown’s dragster not only adds an electrifying angle to the upcoming Mile-High Nationals but it also pays tribute to the pair’s collective achievements in the history of drag racing.

This story was originally published on July 10, 2023. Drag Illustrated

You May Also Like


The star-studded STREET OUTLAWS: No Prep Kings series is set to return for its 6th season in the summer of 2023. Fans can expect to...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star and renowned engine builder Pat Musi joined the recent episode of The Wes Buck Show and provided an update...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star Lizzy Musi announced today that she has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer via her Youtube channel....


Ryan Fellows, who starred in “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America,” died in a tragic crash while filming for the show in Las Vegas on...

Since 2005, DI has informed, inspired and educated drag racers from every walk of the racing life - weekend warrior and street/strip enthusiasts to pro-level doorslammer and Top Fuel racers. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-worthy videos to electric live events, DI meets hundreds of thousands of racers where they live, creating the moments that create conversations.