Kenny Bernstein, Budweiser Extent Sponsorship thru 2005

BERNSTEIN ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP EXTENSTION WITH BUDWEISER ST. LOUIS -- NHRA Top Fuel driver Kenny Bernstein announced a sponsorship extension with Budweiser through the year 2005 today during a press conference for this weekend's Sears Craftsman...

BERNSTEIN ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP EXTENSTION WITH BUDWEISER

ST. LOUIS -- NHRA Top Fuel driver Kenny Bernstein announced a sponsorship extension with Budweiser through the year 2005 today during a press conference for this weekend's Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. Bernstein, from Lake Forest, Calif., has been sponsored by Budweiser since 1980, marking drag racing's longest relationship between a sponsor and driver. This season Bernstein and Budweiser are celebrating their 20th anniversary as partners in the sport. "Kenny Bernstein is the ultimate ambassador for Budweiser and the sport of drag racing," said Dan Hoffmann, director of Budweiser marketing, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "We have had an amazing 20 seasons together, and we're proud to have Kenny behind the wheel of the 'Budweiser King' as we head into the next millennium." A five-time NHRA Winston champion, Bernstein won four consecutive Funny Car championships between 1985 and 1988. In 1996, Bernstein earned his first Top Fuel championship, making him the only NHRA driver in the history of the sport to win both Top Fuel and Funny Car championships. He has 52 NHRA national event victories. Bernstein's 20 seasons with Budweiser have provided race fans with outstanding memories. In March 1992, Bernstein earned the nickname 'King of Speed' when he became the first NHRA driver to break the 300 mph barrier. "I'm proud to have had the opportunity to represent Budweiser and I'm happy we've had so many successes together," Bernstein said. "My 20 years with Budweiser have been phenomenal and I'm looking forward to our future together." Budweiser's contract extension with Bernstein renews the brand's long commitment to drag racing. Budweiser, the 'Official Beer of the NHRA,' sponsors the Big Bud Shootout at Pomona for Top Fuel drivers and the Big Bud Shootout at Indianapolis for Funny Car competitors. In conjunction with those programs, Budweiser awards $4,000 to the top qualifier in Top Fuel and Funny Car at each NHRA national event. "Budweiser and Kenny Bernstein have had a very successful partnership in NHRA drag racing for 20 years and we are pleased to see it will continue," said Tom Compton, executive vice president and general manager of the NHRA. "We at the NHRA are grateful for committed, long-term sponsors such as Budweiser and for high-profile drivers such as Kenny. They are an integral part of our continued success as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2001." Bernstein is among Top Fuel favorites at the third annual Sears Craftsman Nationals. Pro qualifying begins Thursday with sessions at 3:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

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