“The past 3 weeks were fast and furious but I am pleased with the start to the new year. The cars are running great and the drivers are getting tuned up for the season ahead.”
-Anthony Bongiovanni, Owner, Bongiovanni Racing
Bongiovanni Racing kicked off the 2019 season with three consecutive weekends of drag racing in NMRA (National Mustang Racers Association) and NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) competition. The team headed to Florida for a three-race swing and came away with round wins and excellent performance from the Micro Strategies and Optima Batteries-backed Ford Performance Cobra Jet Mustangs.
Driving his 2014 Super Stock CJ, Anthony Bongivanni made the most of the trip, going rounds at each event and scoring a semi-final finish at the 50th Anniversary NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. Bongiovanni qualified 8th in the 60-car field and along the way defeated several world-class drivers including Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. and Joe Lisa. Bongivanni was tight on the tree, but a red light in Round 5 cost him a chance for the win. Nevertheless, the semi-final finish earned him valuable points in the chase for the Lucas Oil championship.
Earlier in the trip, Bongiovanni and teammate Ken Miele competed in the NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. Miele and Bongiovanni raced in the Watson Racing Cobra Jet Showdown, a popular class showcasing the Ford Cobra Jet Mustangs. Bongiovanni Racing has a great track record at Cobra Jet Showdown events with Evan Smith and Michelle Bongiovanni scoring two wins and Anthony Bongiovanni and Ken Miele nailing runner-up finishes in previous years.
Anthony Bongiovanni qualified his Micro Strategies and Optima Batteries-backed 2014 Cobra Jet in the Number 1 spot, with Miele not far behind. While they didn’t take home a win, the drivers were pleased with the performance from the Martino Racing Engines powerplants. The team also competed in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Gainesville Raceway, where Ken Miele won the Factory Stock Class final with his Micro Strategies CJ. After a fun three weeks, the team is looking forward to next stop, the NHRA NGK Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, North Carolina on April 26-28.