But by Race #3, he shook off the gremlins and Coonly started to go rounds. By the end of 2015, he was regularly seen well into eliminations. That earned the 31 year old 602 points and put him solidly in fifth place in the 2015 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series.
"The car bails me out all the time," said Coonly. "This season didn't go as planned for me. I had some luck bracket racing and was lucky to sneak into the top five in this ultra-competitive series. It's a great group of guys that keep you on your toes at all times."
Coonly ended the season with one of the best side by side qualifying runs ever in the TNTSS. "The best part of the year was the last race where both Lance (Pinto) and I went 7.000 side by side and I got #1 qualifier."
The 1975 Nova is powered by a 461 BBC and powerglide that goes 9.70s @138 with support from Phil's Quality Auto Service and Autos Direct Buffalo .com . "Thanks to Jeff Gregoire, Jamie and Heather Stoneman, Pete D'Agnolo and Mike Janis at Jan-Cen Racing Engines for the always reliable big block."
Coonly has raced in the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series since it began and this is his fourth time in the top five.
Visit www.tntsuperseries.com for all you need to know about the most competitive sportsman drag racing series in the country.
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.
Tom Coonly - photog Mary NeffkeThe 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 .
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