The Bongiovanni Racing Team took to the track this past weekend for the 48th Annual Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at beautiful Maple Grove Raceway. The event marked the return of driver champion driver Michelle Bongiovanni, who recently graduated from Penn State University and was excited to get behind the wheel of her 140-plus mph Mustang. Joining Michelle in the teams Cobra Jet Mustangs were teammates Anthony Bongiovanni and Kenny Miele.
Maple Grove Raceway, also known as “The Grove,” is conveniently located near Reading, Pennsylvania, between the Micro Strategies offices in Parsippany, New Jersey and Malvern, PA. “The track’s location presents a great opportunity for our team to host family, friends, co-workers, and clients in the Maple Grove tower suite,” said Anthony Bongiovanni. “It’s great to give everyone a close-up look at our team and the technology we use in racing. Drag racing is very competitive and it requires precision, passion and many of the components that are critical to success in business,” he added. “Races are won and lost by thousandths of the second, so it’s important to set the cars up properly and to execute a plan.”
Racing kicked off with qualifying and Anthony and Kenny ran strong in Stock Eliminator, sliding into the 128-car field with a 9.02 and 8.58 respectively. Michelle and Anthony ran in Super Stock, qualifying 11th and 16th in the tough 89-car field.
Round 1 came Saturday night, and the team fared well. Anthony used a near-perfect .008 reaction time to take a win in Super Stock over Jamie Schoenly and Kenny topped Bob Moran to move to the second round. Michelle lost a tight race to NHRA regular James Antonette, and Anthony lost in Stock Eliminator on a red light. Unfortunately, Round Two wasn’t kind to the team, with both Anthony and Kenny falling from competition. “It wasn’t the weekend we hoped for, but it was nice to have the cars running well and to enjoy the time we spent with everyone who attended,” said Michelle Bongiovanni.