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In the Beginning
Biondo was born in 1971 in Queens, New York. While growing up,
playing hockey in local leagues around the neighborhood was how
Peter spent a lot of his afternoons. On the weekends, Peter would
go with his family to the drag races. It didn't take him long
to figure out that drag racing was his passion.
Like any sport, drag
racing gets in family bloodlines and passes down from one generation
to the next. The Biondo family is a prime example of this. In
the late 1960's Peter's father, Sam, competed regularly at the
dragstrips. Since then Sam has won 8 track championships in the
super pro ranks. Peter's older brother, Sal was the next to take
the wheel. In 1984 Sal began competing and shortly thereafter
Peter started his racing career. "My 16th birthday couldn't
come soon enough, I've been watching my father since I was 2
years old and I was eager to take a shot at it!"
It was 1987 when
Peter started racing in nothing other than with the family station
wagon in the entry level class. Peter and his family spent many
weekends traveling together to racetracks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
According to Peter it was time well spent. "Sal and I would
alternate driving the station wagon and we would watch my father
compete in super pro. It kept us together on the weekends and
was a lot of fun. I just knew it was something I wanted to be
involved with for a long time."
Peter finished his
education at St. Johns University with a bachelors degree in
business management and a 3.2 GPA. Within those 4 years Peter
was competing at the local bracket tracks and enjoyed a great
deal of success, winning 3 consecutive super pro track championships
at local tracks in New Jersey. It was then that he realized that
he didn't just want to drag race as a hobby, he wanted to make
it a way of life.
at the wheel of Phil
Monteiths 1982 Hatari
2000, Peter took his 1998 S&W dragster to win the biggest
bracket races in the northeast to date. Peter captured $50,000
in a race win at Cecil County MD in April and 3 months later
he won another $50,000 in a race at Atco NJ in June.
won his second NHRA Super
Stock World Championship
the fall of 2000. Peter Biondo was referred
to as "the Terminator"
on ESPN TV by an
after clinching the
Jegs All Star race
in Illinois in both Stock
and Super Stock.
The fall put an end
to what might be
Peter's most successful
season to date. "2000
was a year I will
never forget. It
makes you realize that
hard work and determination
off" Peter stated.
2003, Peter won his third NHRA
Super Stock World
his 69' camaro, Peter won the
NHRA Stock Eliminator
World Championship in
2005 by setting a record for the highest points total in NHRA history with 792 points.
In 2006 Peter
Biondo won his 5th NHRA World Championship driving the Hatari
the year, the team decided to switch cars to Arnie Martel's 06'
good to Peter as he won 3 NHRA National Events along with a handful
of big bracket race
a $25,000 win and the Ultimate Gamblers $42,000 winner take all
race win in Las Vegas.
In 2009 Peter
brought the Ultimate Gamblers Bracket Race Title home to New
York for the second
year in a
row. Peter also captured the points championship at the prestigious
5 day bracket race in
Florida along with scoring 2 NHRA national event titles, one
in comp and the other in super stock.
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