Peter Biondo Wins His 45th NHRA National Event at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

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Emily and Biondo share the Bristol Dragway Winners Circle
Emily and Biondo share the Bristol Dragway Winners Circle
A reality of professional racing is the press release, when creating them some teams choose to document nuances ranging from weather and track conditions, to exact details regarding throttle response during the race. While others opt for a more direct and environmentally conscious approach, whereby saving energy and ink, and they simply e-mail;

"I won Super Stock and my girlfriend won SG at Bristol with my championship corvette. What a weekend! Thanks to K&N for all the support!"
Biondo's 42nd Annual Englishtown Toyota SuperNationals cover shot
Biondo's 42nd Annual Englishtown Toyota SuperNationals cover shot

You sort of want to add to that with – good night, don't forget to tip your waitress, and turn off the lights when you leave. But, when you're a NHRA National event winner in five categories, knocking on the door of a historic sixth category, and when you have as many notches on your holster as Peter Biondo – that's pretty much all you need.

Biondo entered 2012 following one of his best seasons ever. He earned the NHRA Super Gas World Championship in 2011, his sixth title and his first in the 9.90 category, in addition he finished second in the national Super Stock standings. He opened the 2012 season with a pair of Super Stock semi-final finishes at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals and NHRA Arizona Nationals. He then won the $10,000 Big Buck Bracket Race at Atco Raceway in New Jersey. That purse helped the Maspeth, New York racer and business partner, Kyle Siepel, in pulling off without a hitch, their K&N Spring Fling 20's, a drag race they promote in Bristol, Tennessee.

During his latest venture to the renowned track, Biondo raced to his 45th NHRA National event win at the 12th Annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, which now accompany his six NHRA Lucas Oil National Championships, and his 13 divisional championships to date.

The K&N sponsored racer's final Super Stock round in Bristol leaving the starting line
The K&N sponsored racer's final Super Stock round in Bristol leaving the starting line
For all of us that will never have a race winning weekend with our significant other, what's that feel like, and who gets to swagger the most?
"It's one of those times in your life where you think – is this really happening?" The fact that Emily was the pair in front of me and we turned the win-lights on back-to-back made it even more dramatic. I would say she gets to swagger the most because her batting average in NHRA SG is a perfect 1.000! That was her first and only NHRA Super Gas race."

Give us a brief update on some of your favorite 2012 highlights up to this point?
"2012 has been a whirlwind of good things happening. Probably the best spring I have had to date. It started out with our K&N Spring Fling 20's race in Bristol. It's a bracket race we have every year in May and we broke all kinds of records for car counts as we had 458 cars in one eliminator. Following that I won two NHRA National events back-to-back in E-Town, and of course our Bristol wins." (Biondo who has won in nearly every Sportsman class added Super Street to his resume, winning the 42nd Annual Englishtown Toyota SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in New Jersey.)

Have you raced since your win at Bristol, and how did it go?
"I have done some bracket racing and won a big dollar bracket race back at Atco which paid $10,000, and goes along with the two $5000 bracket events I won earlier in the season."

How would you rate this season overall so far, and what's up next?
"To date, it has been a great year, and it ranks up there in my top three for sure. Although I am not chasing the points, we made some special memories this year. As I type this I am high in the sky (gotta love in flight Wifi) heading to the biggest event of the year; the US Nationals in Indy. I have had some good success there and am gonna do my best to get in the winner's circle on Monday."

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