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Fri, 30 Nov 2007, 07:44 AM

Joe Urbino Wins the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series Championship for 2007


The inaugural year is in the books and what a huge success it was! The Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series saw intense competition this year. With car counts as high as 26, even qualifying in the top 16 became a challenge. After 6 races and the dust settled, Joe Urbino from Alden, NY was the last man standing.

Joe was crowned 2007 Champion on Saturday November 17th at the awards night at Mick & Angelo's in Niagara Falls. He was able to take the top spot by winning 2 of the 6 events in 2007. "I couldn't believe at the Aug 26th race when the car ran a 7.001 in the first qualifying session and then bettered it with a 7.000 in the 2nd session!" said Joe. That's the level of competition the TNT series saw throughout 2007. And it was that type of performance that earned Joe the championship. Series sponsor, Joe Boniferro said "The 2007 season was a huge success. Being the first year, we're extremely pleased with the growth and support of the series."

Out of the 44 racers registered in the series this year, here's how the top 10 ended up:

1st place - Joe Urbino
2nd place - Ted Barnes
3rd Place - Jamie Stoneman
4th place - Ray Martino
5th place - Tony "The Shoe" Platania
6th place - Harry Phelps, Gary Kerl, Bill Elekes & Ross Booker
10th place - Marc Caruso & Marco Weller

Each of the top 5 received a plaque and a very nice leather jacket embroidered with the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series logo. In addition to the jackets, each TNT racer registered in 2007 and in attendance that night was given 2 or 3 shots at the prize table. Everything from a B&M shifter to an Autometer tach to Taylor wires to die cast cars to a $100 Hoosier tire certificate. It's safe to say they each walked out with $250-300 worth of goodies! The prize table was made possible by Boniferro Speed & Custom, Performance Improvements, Hoosier Tire Canada, KC Auto, The Balancing Act, Forbes Bros Chevrolet, Tri Line Auto, RPM Magazine and Russ/Arlene Parker.

Looking ahead to 2008, TNT Series Director Ted Barnes says a year-end points fund and guaranteed payouts at each race are on his list of goals. "We've already been approached by several interested sponsors for individual races and we've been speaking with the folks at Lancaster, Toronto and other tracks in the area. It looks good for 6 or 7 events in 2008! I'd suggest you keep an eye on our website and look for the first event early in May of 2008" said Ted.

One thing that is already confirmed are changes to the points system. In 2008, the TNT points chase will mirror IHRA's Pro Am points system, but will add qualifying points to it. "A large number of TNT racers compete on the IHRA circuit and are familiar with that system - So it makes sense to use it" added Ted. "Stay tuned for details!"

The Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series is based on IHRA's 10.90 Hot Rod class. The series pays round money STARTING WITH FIRST ROUND WINS and has only two exceptions to the IHRA rulebook - No weight minimum and left-hand drive open-bodied cars are allowed.


$50 event entry (plus spectator fee paid upon entry to track) with 100% payback!

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