ELMA, NEW YORK (January 17, 2015) Jason Vitez, always a strong contender in Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series competition, took Joe Passero’s 1968 Camaro and won one of the most sought after sportsman drag racing championships in 2014.
Out of Elma, New York, Vitez dominated the 2014 TNTSS points chase… taking the lead right from the first race. He won that race back in May at Empire Dragway taking out past TNTSS champion Ted Barnes. Vitez then continued to lead the points most of the season going rounds at multiple events and capitalizing on new qualifying points system. He gave up the lead briefly to Barnes in August but then took it back decisively with another event win on Labour Day Saturday night over the 2014 Rookie of the Year, Pete Maduri Sr.
Vitez also finished second in the very competitive Performance Improvements DRIVER OF THE YEAR Award, lubricated by Royal Purple with an .035 average winning package.
This is Vitez’s first championship in his many years of drag racing.
“This was a great year!” said Vitez. “I’d like to thank my wife Kimberly and my kids Zachary, Brooklyn and Logan. They let me get out and have some fun! Also my mom, dad and brothers Mark and Scott for all their support over the years.”
Vitez says he lost one of his biggest fans, his dad, two years ago to cancer.
“This one’s for you buddy, I know you were watching down on me.”
Vitez went on to thank car owners Joe and Moe Passero for the use of what he calls “one awesome race car.”
“I’d also like to thank Joe Urbino for the use of his race car when Joe had the Camaro down south chasing IHRA points.”
“Got to thank Jeff Gregoire, Stevie Sell, Matt Lawless and JJ Jablonski who spent numerous hours helping me out over the years and the boys back at the shop. I’m pretty lucky to have great friends around me to be able to do this.”
He also mentioned Joe Boniferro and Ted Barnes for an awesome series and all the sponsors who keep the series alive.
Vitez is no stranger to the winner’s circle with many event wins locally plus much success on the NHRA and IHRA fronts.
Sponsors on Vitez’s team include Jan-Cen Racing Engines, Rosehill Auction House, Jason Vitez Race Cars, Hoosier Tires and Phil’s Quality Auto.
“Probably my best day of racing was the first race this year where my son Zachary won in juniors and I won in TNTSS later that day! A big thank you to Zach! A job well done at crew chiefing!”
Vitez is in the final stages of a 1968 Chevelle that will be see competition in the 2015 Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series.
Visit www.tntsuperseries.com for everything you need to know about the most popular sportsman drag racing series in the country and stay tuned for 2015 announcements.
About the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series (TNTSS): Since it began in 2006, the TNT Super Series has grown into one of the strongest, most competitive sportsman drag racing series in North America and has catapulted many competitors to success on the national and divisional stages.
The TNTSS is a self-governing organization with input from its teams. Based on NHRA’s Super Street & IHRA’s Hot Rod classes, competitors run on a 10.90 index in the 1/4 mile (7.00 in the 1/8 mile) and race for a guaranteed purse that pays back more than 100% of the racer’s entry fees. The yearend points fund provides cash & prizes to the top eight finishers and the Series Champion receives a prize package worth over $4000.00.
The TNTSS is committed to providing the highest level of competition backed by solid media support to showcase its participants across North America. Events are contested at various drag racing facilities in southern Ontario and western New York and put on a spectacular show for the drag racing fan.
About Joe’s Transmission: Joe Boniferro has owned and operated Joe’s Transmission Service in Niagara Falls, Ontario since 1984. From the original single bay location, the business has progressed to a six bay, five employee automotive complex on Arthur Street. The two storey building houses Joe’s Transmission (Commercial, Fleet and Performance Divisions) and Al’s Radiator Service. They sell and install aftermarket high performance parts and accessories. As a Firestone Dealer they sell and install drag racing tires. Their specialty is building and repairing high performance transmissions. Contact Joe and his team at (905) 374-6116 or visit them online at www.joestransmission.com .
For more information please contact: Lewis Robinson/ TNTSS – Media Relations