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brandon bernstein

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Current Residence: Westfield, Indiana
Job Title: Director of Partnership Marketing

Racing Career: Son of six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein. Brandon worked part-time for the Budweiser King team during his summers away from Texas A & M University. Following graduation in 1996, he worked full-time with the team. In 2001 he drove an Alcohol Dragster and worked part-time for the Budweiser King team. Won the Division 7 Alcohol Dragster championship, along with “Driver of the Year” honors and finished fourth in national Alcohol Dragster competition. He and his father became the first father/son duo in NHRA’s 50-year history to win at the same national event when they “doubled” at the SummitRacing.com Nationals in April 2001. They doubled again at the Lucas Oil Products Nationals in Chicago in June 2001. Brandon worked solely as a crew member on his father’s team in 2002.  In 2003, Brandon had a sensational beginning to his rookie year behind the wheel of the Kenny Bernstein-owned Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster. He won three of the first eight events, qualified No. 1 twice and even led the Top Fuel point standings before an injury May 18 at Englishtown, NJ sidelined him for the season. Despite a shortened season, Bernstein’s early performance achievements won him the prestigious Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Rookie of the Year award, determined by a vote from a distinguished panel of motorsports journalists. Bernstein has the distinction of having the most successful career launch of any other Top Fuel or Funny Car driver in NHRA history, winning five of his first 13 starts.  He is also a second generation “King of Speed”, having set an NHRA world speed record of 333.41 mph in Chicago in May 2004. In 2005, he won two national events. In 2006, the team logged four victories and three runner-up finishes to challenge for the championship and ultimately finished third in the ’06 point standings. In 2007 he won five events, setting a career high number of event wins per season. He was a contender for the Top Fuel championship until the semifinals of the season-ending event and finished third in the final point standings. In 2008, his last season with co-crew chiefs Tim and Kim Richards, the team made four final round appearances, finishing seventh in point standings. In 2009, under the guidance of crew chief Rob Flynn, Brandon won in Richmond, Va., had four runner-up finishes and was No. 5 in 2009 NHRA Full Throttle point standings. After a crew chief change early in the 2010 season, Bernstein drove to three runner-up showings, finishing seventh in the 2010 point standings and sixth in 2011, the final year in which his father owned the team. In 2012, Brandon was selected to drive the MAVTV/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster for Morgan Lucas Racing. He won the season-ending event in Pomona, Calif., and raced one more full season with that team before becoming the general manager for Al-Anabi Racing for the 2014 & 2015 seasons. Brandon continued his GM duties years 2016-2018 with Alan Johnson Racing. In 2019-2020 Brandon was offered the position of COO at Al-Anabi Racing in the Pro Mod division. He was responsible for the direction of 4 Pro Mod teams funded by Sheikh Khalid Bin Al Thani in the United States. Brandon has 19 NHRA Top Fuel career victories on his resume. In 2020, Lucas Oil welcomed Brandon Bernstein as the Director of Partnership Marketing. In his role, Brandon is responsible for all Lucas Oil athlete sponsorships which support Lucas Oil’s grassroots racing initiatives. 

Education:  Graduated Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology, specializing in Sports Management in 1996.

 

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