American drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein will return to competition at the age of 62 when the 2007 NHRA Powerade Series begins with the annual Winternationals at Pomona, California (February 8-11).
With four NHRA Funny Car titles (1985-1988) and two Top Fuel championships (1996, 2001), Bernstein retired from competition as a driver at the end of the 2002 season but made a return during the 2003 season when his son, Brandon, suffered back injuries in a racing accident.
Kenny finished the season with a flourish, winning the last four of five races and extending his tallying 69 career victories, 30 in Funny Car and 39 in Top Fuel.
His 2007 comeback is in the Funny Car division to race a Dodge Charger in the colours of Monster Energy Drinks and Lucas Oil.
The Texan, who began his professional driving career in the late 1960s earned the title ``King of Speed’’ when he became the first NHRA driver to break the 300mph barrier in March 1992. He was also the first to win championships in both nitro categories, Funny Car and Top Fuel.