Peter Biondo - 2008 Ultimate Gambler
Biondo Caps 2008 Season With LVMS Ultimate Gambler Victory
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Las Vegas, NV: To say that Peter Biondo is a pretty decent drag racer is to say that
Tiger Woods is an average golfer. At 37 years of age, Maspeth, NY resident Biondo
has held essentially every title that sportsman racers covet (and has won many of
them on multiple occasions). Best known for his success in NHRA Stock and Super
Stock competition, Biondo is a 35-time national event winner (including 6 victories
at the prestigious U.S. Nationals), and a 5-time NHRA World Champion. In the big
money bracket racing arena, he is a former Moroso 5-Day points champion, and is one
of only two racers in history to win two $50,000 events in one season (which he did
at Atco Raceway and Cecil County Dragway in 2000). Along the way, he has compiled a
list of big money bracket victories that makes the average competitor green with
Last weekend, Biondo wrapped up yet another banner season with yet another huge
victory, as he claimed the $42,000 winner-take-all Ultimate Gambler event at The
Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Ultimate Gambler, in which Biondo was
runner-up in 2007, is the marquee event of the facilities Thanksgiving Bracket
Nationals event, which was contested throug
hout the week.
Rather than make the cross-country tow to Las Vegas from his home near New York
City, Biondo made arrangements to fly to the event and drive for friends and fellow
competitors Chris and Justin Lamb. Biondo purchased two entries into the 42-car
Ultimate Gambler event, a shootout loaded with the top names in bracket racing from
coast-to-coast. Biondo nearly pulled off an epic feat, as he came within
.003-of-a-second of having both his entries in the final round of the biggest
bracket event on the West Coast.
After mowing through the first three rounds of competition (knocking out the likes
of J.R. Leerkamp, Andy Morris, John Phlegar, and good friend Kyle Siepel), Biondo
had both of his entries in the event with just six cars remaining. There, he and
two-time defending NHRA Super Comp Champion Shawn Langdon squared off with a
semi-final bye run at stake. Biondo, as would be expected, was clutch with a .008
reaction and dead-on 4.740. Langdon, however, posted a stellar run of his own, with
a .005 and dead-on 4.840 to get the win and the bye into the final round.
On the other side of the ladder, Biondo used a .011 and 4.753 on his 4.74 target to
oust Idaho standout Dan Lafferty. In the semi-final round, Biondo and perennial
bracket and super-class threat Jeff Cheney locked horns, with Biondo posting another
clutch .009 package (.003, 4.756) to advance to the final for a rematch with
Langdon. In the final, Biondo posted yet another telepathic reaction, .006, and
backed off the20throttle to take the victory with a 4.806 on his 4.77 dial over
Langdon’s .018 induced 4.893 (4.85 dial).
“What a gratifying feeling to come out on top of a race like this,” said Biondo of
the 42-car shootout with an entry list that read like a ‘who’s who’ of sportsman
racing. “I want to especially thank the Lamb family and Kyle Siepel for allowing me
to fly in and drive their cars.”
As if the Ultimate Gambler triumph weren’t enough, Biondo also drove good Siepel’s
dragster to a runner-up finish in a special “Race for a Dragster” event earlier in
The Ultimate Gambler victory put an exclamation point on Biondo’s incredible 2008
campaign. After kick starting his season with a Stock victory at the IHRA Sportsman
National event at Immokalee Regional Raceway, Biondo went on to appear in five NHRA
national event final rounds, winning three: Stock at Gainesville, Super Stock at St.
Louis, and Stock again in Englishtown. Meanwhile, Biondo has remained true to his
well documented schedule of running national events and big money bracket races
almost exclusively, and attended just six bracket events all season.
In those six appearances, Biondo’s credentials are nothing short of amazing. At the
JEGS U.S. Open in July, Biondo made his first bracket appearance of the season a
memorable one: winning the opening $10,000-to-win event and taking runner-up honors
to Jeg Coughlin, Jr. in the $20,000-to-win event on d
ay 2. A month later, he made an appearance at the AA Auto Salvage Superbucks weekend
at Atco Dragway. There, he made another hefty deposit, scoring a $25,000 victory on
the event’s opening day.
In September, he made the journey to Memphis, TN for the annual Million Dollar Race.
There, he again opened competition with a victory, taking home a new dragster and
motor in a special 64-car shootout on Thursday evening. Two days later, Biondo made
another splash, advancing to the final 14 cars in the Million Dollar Race before
falling by less than a thousandth of a second to eventual winner Dave Triplett.
November actually brought the only non-winning appearances of his bracket season, as
Biondo ran a limited portion of the annual Winter Series events in Bradenton, FL and
Valdosta, GA. In five days of competition, Biondo was able to muster “only” a
semi-final finish in a $15,000 main-event at Bradenton.
Following that outing, he made his appearance in Las Vegas worthwhile, claiming his
fourth big money bracket triumph, and second bracket runner-up of the season in
extremely limited appearances.
Biondo once again thanked his family and co-workers at Biondo Racing Products
(www.BiondoRacing.com), the family owned business is at the forefront of racing
technology offering competitors the latest electronics and other accessories
designed by racers.
Biondo was grateful and thankful in recapping his 2008 season. “It was an exciting
and successful season. I have a lot of people to thank20for giving me the
opportunity to continue to compete at a high level. I would especially like to thank
the following companies for making 2008 so successful: BiondoRacing.com, JEGS.com,
K&N Filters, Sparco Safety Equipment, RacePartDepot.com, Goodyear Tires, ATI
Transmissions and Converters, Kooks Headers, and PAR Racing Engines.”