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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Biondo dominates 11th Annual American Doorslammer Nationals to claim all the cash

Peter Biondo bulldozes through the competition to win both $20Ks during the 11th Annual Summit American Doorslammer Nationals at GALOT Motorsports Park.

DUNN, NC – Peter Biondo had already reached royalty status within drag racing ranks as evidenced by years of success both behind the wheel and through race promotion.

Nevertheless, his impeccable performance during the 11th Annual Summit American Doorslammer Nationals presented by McCarty Auto Parts solidified his standings among the greatest in our sport.

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About the Event

Before describing how Biondo crushed the competition to claim not one but two $20,000 checks, allow me to set the scene.

The Summit American Doorslammer Nationals presented by McCarty Auto Parts is one of Loose Rocker Promotions’ annual events. In 2020, it became the largest door car only big money bracket race in history, while boasting an outstanding 539 entries.

This year, the event was contested at GALOT Motorsports Park for the first time and still drew more than 350 entries per day. A bleak forecast canceled Friday’s Abruzzi Transmission & Converters warmup race, but the twin $20K’s were completed in spite of interference from Mother Nature.

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Summit Racing Equipment Saturday

Eliminations kicked off with 351 entries motoring down the eighth mile in first round of Saturday’s Summit Racing Equipment $20K. An unexpected rain shower appeared just prior to the start of fifth round which forced the remainder of the race to be completed on Sunday.

Eventually, the 32 remaining entries were narrowed to only eight drivers: Steve Dunn, Jon Corbin, Derrick Willard, Joseph Bagwell, Peter Biondo, Jarrett Creech, Trey Sasser, and Sanders Woolfolk.

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Steve Dunn and Peter Biondo
Quarterfinal

The quarterfinal is full of dead on passes as each driver attempts to cash in for $20K. Dunn uses a .005 light to take the win over Creech who runs 6.343 off his 6.34 dial. A three thousandths margin of victory goes to Willard who was .005 and dead on with a four beside Woolfolk’s .009 light and dead on three pass.

Sasser runs the dial in his Gremlin, but Biondo puts together a better package to advance into the semifinal. The last pairing witnessed Corbin laying down a .003 package to eliminate Bagwell, who was .012 up front and ran dead on with a zero.

Derrick Willard and Jon Corbin

Semifinal

It was a double breakout battle of first generation Firebirds when Biondo was .002 and one thou under to take the win over Corbin who was .009 on the tree but .013 under his dial. A pair of .004 reaction times also results in a double breakout race when Dunn secures the win over Willard.

Final

A couple of quick muscle cars crept toward the starting line as each driver planned on winning the $20,000 prize.

All the anticipation is over at the tree when Dunn is .003 red in his 67 Camaro while Biondo is .011 green for the win. To sweeten an already amazing victory, the 69 Firebird that Biondo wheeled into the winner’s circle was a race car originally purchased by his late father.

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Peter Biondo
Steve Dunn American doorslammer nationals
Steve Dunn is runner up

ATI Performance Products Sunday

Once Saturday’s event had been completed, all the attention would turn to Sunday’s ATI Performance Products $20K.

Seventh round of competition would also yield seven eligible drivers: Peter Biondo, Trevor Jenkins, Blane Parrish, Will Holloman, Logan Westmoreland, Kristen Byrd, and John Myers.

Quarterfinal

In the first pairing, Biondo is .014 total which leaves the .015 reaction time of Holloman mathematically ineligible. Byrd turns on the red light by 11 thousandths to advance Jenkins who coasts across the finish line.

Westmoreland flinches at the tree allowing Myers to take the win while Parrish earns the bye run down to four cars.

Semifinal

Biondo is .009 and takes 6 thou at the finish line to earn the win over Jenkins who was .013 up front but three above his dial in. Myers lets go .009 but ran too far above his dial while Parrish is .008 and four above for the win.

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Trevor Jenkins
Final

Both finalists are looking for one more win light as Biondo is close to the elusive double-up while Parrish has hopes of getting his first Loose Rocker win. Identical .014 bulbs allow for all the excitement at the stripe as Parrish is 2 thou under his dial while Biondo runs dead on with a four to secure his second big check of the day.

If for some reason you don’t find winning two consecutive $20,000 races extraordinary enough, how about a perfect record?

Including this weekend, Biondo has only raced three days of the American Doorslammer National $20K events and he won each time. Perhaps there is more to his Terminator nickname than originally thought, considering the man competes like a machine.

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Peter Biondo wins both Saturday & Sunday’s $20K races at the 11th Annual American Doorslammer Nationals
Photo credit: Chip Bralley Photography
Blane Parrish American doorslammer nationals 2022
Blane Parrish is runner up on Sunday
Photo credit: Chip Bralley Photography

Coming Up Next

There is only one more race before Loose Rocker wraps up the 2022 racing season as they head south for the holiday weekend. Darlington Dragway will welcome the ATI Fall Footbrake Frenzy XIV on November 25-26, 2022.

At this event, Footbrake drives will compete for two $20,000-to-win races with a $380 weekend entry fee.

For more details. visit the Loose Rocker website or Facebook page.

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Shots from the 11th Annual Summit American Doorslammer Nationals presented by McCarty Auto Parts


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Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.

You can contact her at Jessica@dragchamp.com or on her Facebook page.

Jessica-Hicks-image

Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.

You can contact her at Jessica@dragchamp.com or on her Facebook page.

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