Unlike most Division 1 racers that are just finishing the final touches on their hot rods to begin their 2011 season in the coming weeks, New York resident Peter Biondo has been hitting the trail hard for the last month and a half and racking up quite the collection of hardware and tons of points in the process.
NHRA Super Stock and Super Gas Racer Peter Biondo
NHRA GatorNationals at the Gainesville Raceway
Biondo has already posted three NHRA division wins, two in Super Gas and one in Super Stock, along with a division semi-final finish in Super Stock and that was just in his first two events of the season.
Recently Biondo competed in his first NHRA National event of the 2011 season at the historic Gainesville Raceway for the NHRA GatorNationals, where he once again entered in both Super Gas and Super Stock.
He was keeping pace in the rounds with both entries until an extremely close four-thousandths of a second loss in the third round, ended his weekend in Super Gas.
Not the case in Super Stock, as Biondo and his K&N Filter equipped GT/DA 2000 Firebird slashed through the rounds, winning many of them on Biondo's stout reaction times along with his excellent judgment of the ever changing weather conditions.
After Biondo made it through his first round and a broke single in round two, when Bo Kenney was unable to make the call, he had a whopping eight-hundredths of a second starting line advantage over his third round opponent, Jerry Silveus and easily took the round win.
Peter Biondo entered in both Super Gas and Super Stock
"Yeah, they gave me a bunch of room," he explained of his later Super Stock rounds and his competitors reaction times. "Artie Martel was driving pretty good for a while sitting in the thirties and I thought for sure he would step it up a little against me and he went the other way. [Robert] Carpenter was killing the tree before we ran, obviously with internet we can see what everyone is doing and what you are up against. When he got up against me, he missed it a little and went forty-something. I just don't know why, but they were going the other way against me and it was really working out in my favor."
The weather over the three day period of eliminations was ever changing.
"There was a lot of moving with the shoe polish," he noted of the different racing conditions. "I was dialed anywhere from a 9.56 round one on Friday morning to a 9.72 in the final on Sunday afternoon. There was quote the weather variance and it's like anything else, you just have to pay attention, do your homework and be aware of the variables and adjust accordingly."
"We woke up Friday morning for round one and it was 38 degrees with a 10-15 MPH tailwind and by the time we run the final on Sunday, it's 76 degrees and 8 MPH crosswind," he added.
Just like many of his previous rounds, Biondo's final round challenger gave him all the room he needed to easily take the stripe, remaining safe on his dial all while forcing Merrill Schrimscher to breakout in his first NHRA National Event final.
It was far from a first National Event win for Biondo at the NHRA GatorNationals and with this victory he has now notched an impressive six wins at the historic event, five of them coming in Super Stock.
Biondo's weekend was even more memorable since both he and his brother Sal shared the winner's circle after Sal sewed up a fantastic showing in Comp Eliminator, marking the fourth time the two have won NHRA National Events at the same time.
After a month and a half of racing mayhem for the champion racer, Biondo will take a short break in the action to attend to his family business at home. Plans for the next stop on his schedule are for the 4-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.
With only a few races in the books for his season, he already sits at the top of both the NHRA National and Division 1 point standings in Super Stock and Super Gas, with plans to even do a little Super Comp racing in the months to come.
"I just ordered a brand new dragster and I'm really excited to get the new K&N 2nd Generation Composite scoop (PN 100-8512) that I ordered for it," he smiled. "I have heard a ton of great things about it and the fantastic performance results that others have seen by using it and I wouldn't want anything else for my new car."
"It's just a natural fit for the new dragster to have as many K&N products that I can outfit it with," he continued. "All the cars I compete and win with have K&N air and oil filters protecting them. My engine builder is even using their whole new line of Racing Glue products [www.racingglue.com] and when you think how many passes I have already made this season in a short amount of time, their quality speaks for itself for everything they make."
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