Patrick Boniferro Dominates and Comes From 10th Place to Win 2018 TNT Super Series Championship Ted Barnes Photo

Patrick Boniferro Dominates and Comes From 10th Place to Win 2018 TNT Super Series Championship

Written by  Ted Barnes on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:52

NEW YORK (October 4, 2018) Championship weekend for the 2018 Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series on Sept 14-16 was something nobody would have predicted.

Patrick Boniferro from Niagara Falls, Ontario found his way to all three final rounds, winning two and at the same time taking the 2018 TNT Super Series championship.

Boniferro came into the weekend in 10th place, 99 points behind the leader. Never in the 12 year history of the TNTSS has a driver moved from 10th to win the championship this late in the season.

Friday at Lancaster Dragway presented by Jan-Cen Motorsports - Boniferro methodically worked his way through the field taking out #2 in the points Jen Guenther. He then laid a .513 light on points leader Chris VanBaalen. Round three he was 9 total against past Lancaster track champion Jeff Sobczynski which sent him to a bye run and then into the final.

There he faced Mark Herbold and was .007 behind at the hit but lit another beacon with a 7.005 to Herbold's too fast 6.993. This was Boniferro's first win in his young drag racing career.

Then the series moved on to Empire Dragway for a double presented by Sam LoVetro Automotive.

Saturday - Boniferro kept right on rolling starting with Reid Ricketson in round one. In round two he got lucky when last year's TNTSS champion Tom Coonly went .004 red. Then he paired up against seasoned Hot Rod racer Mike Schiberl. An advantage at the hit carried him to the semi's. Former TNTSS champ Ted Barnes was next to get in Boniferro's way. Barnes was ahead 003 at the hit (.015 to .012), but went too fast taking .004 stripe (needed to take .0035 to win) and running 6.999 to Boniferro's 7.001.

This final had him paired with current points leader Chris VanBaalen. VanBaalen went .003 red and handed the win to Boniferro. Boniferro was ready though with a .009 light and 7.003 through the lights.

Sunday - This is where things get interesting. Boniferro now sat only 19 points behind VanBaalen for the championship. Everyone was paying attention. VanBaalen qualified better in 3rd while Boniferro was 9th. That opened up the gap to 31 points.

Both drivers got through round one and as the ladder would have it, they faced each other in round two. VanBaalen with lane choice turned the tree trip zip red and that sent Boniferro to face one of the best in JJ Jablonski for round three. Jablonski had .022 in the bank off the hit but Boniferro took the stripe by .005 for the W. In the semi's Boniferro faced Joe Karosik - Double O Joe they call him. It was Boniferro who was .008 and got his 14th win light of the weekend. That round win put him in the points lead by one point.

Boniferro went to the final for the third day in a row where he lost to Pete Maduri Jr with these numbers - Boniferro .009 6.976 to Maduri's .006 6.983. Only .004 at the stripe.

"I want to thank Kevin and Laurie Orr for offering and trusting me with their car this year and making it to every race," said Boniferro. "I wanted to get the car to a winner's circle this year but never expected this!"

"I want to thank my dad (Joe Boniferro) and Ted Barnes for the great series. Also thank my family for their support." Boniferro was quick to thank Jan-Cen Motorsports and Sam LoVetro Automotive for sponsoring the races this weekend. "And of course, Joe's Transmission - the series title sponsor. I can't forget Scott Jahren for helping me find a baseline with throttle stop setups at the beginning of the year. And there are so many sponsors and supporters of this series - I can't list them all - But thank you!"

Patrick Boniferro earned himself his first Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series championship by defeating some very tough competitors and taking out the points leader three times in one weekend!

Boniferro will take home $4000 in cash and prizes at the upcoming TNT Super Series Awards Night. Last year the series gave away over $15000 in awards overall that night. Stay tuned to or for date and location.

Specialty Awards - Friday
Hoosier Tire Canada $100 certificate - Number One Qualifier
Joe Karosik with a 7.002
J&S Collision $50 cash - Closest to the Index (1st Round Loser)
Tom Coonly with a 7.018
VP Fuels $50 certificate - Closest to the Index (2nd Round Loser)
Kirk Parry with a 7.027
VP Fuels $50 certificate - Closest to the Index (3rd Round Loser)
Jeff Sobczynski with a 7.028
Snakebite Racing $25 cash - Bounty on #1 Qualifier
Mark Herbold

Specialty Awards - Saturday
Hoosier Tire Canada $100 certificate - Number One Qualifier
Jeffrey Griffin with a 7.001
J&S Collision $50 cash - Closest to the Index (1st Round Loser)
Steve McCarrick with a 7.002
VP Fuels $50 certificate - Closest to the Index (2nd Round Loser)
Kirk Parry with a 7.002
VP Fuels $50 certificate - Closest to the Index (3rd Round Loser)
Doug Wood with a 7.020
Snakebite Racing $25 cash - Bounty on #1 Qualifier
Doug Wood

Specialty Awards - Sunday
Hoosier Tire Canada $100 certificate - Number One Qualifier
Mike Schiberl with a 7.000
J&S Collision $50 cash - Closest to the Index (1st Round Loser)
Larry Pulver with a 7.001
VP Fuels $50 certificate - Closest to the Index (2nd Round Loser)
Steve McCarrick with a 7.006
VP Fuels $50 certificate - Closest to the Index (3rd Round Loser)
Alex Lepp with a 7.000
Snakebite Racing $25 cash - Bounty on #1 Qualifier
Steve McCarrick

2018 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series Points Standings - Final

1 Patrick Boniferro/Kevin Orr 788
2 Chris VanBaalen/Jarrod Kolne 787
3 Pete Maduri Jr/Jen Guenther 765
4 Joe Karosik/Jim Sobczynski 734
5 Tyler Halleen 729
6 Ted Barnes/Jeff Sobczynski 692
7 Billy Leber/Dave Surmatchewski 661
8 Tom Coonly 650
9 Harry Phelps 645
10 JJ Jablonski 627

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 stage.

The TNTSS is a self-governing organization operating 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 $15,000 cash & prizes to the top finishers.

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 Sam LoVetro Automotive

Located only minutes from the suburbs, Sam LoVetro Automotive has been centrally located in the heart of downtown Rochester since 1990. Specializing in all makes and models, they are able to accommodate your personal vehicle as well as large fleets and a shuttle is available for customers working in the immediate area. Winner of AAA's Top Shop Award in 2007, 2008, 2009, AND 2010, they stand by their commitment to provide guaranteed quality service at a competitive price to the Rochester Community. See more at .

About Jan-Cen Motorsports

Formed in 1958 by James Janis, Sr. and Tony Centra, Jan-Cen Motorsports has built its reputation as the number one stop for high performance products and service. What started as a mere dream for quality engine service almost fifty years ago has turned into a mark for perfection. Located in Elma, New York, Jan-Cen Motorsports specializes in a variety of areas which include race engine building, high performance products, snowmobile sale and repair, and ATV sale and repair. We service Elma, NY and the surrounding Buffalo area. As a prime dealer of Arctic Cat and Polaris snowmobiles and ATVs, Jan-Cen Motorsports provides the vehicle you need to fulfill your needs. Whether it is to simply cruise on the land for a relaxing day, or to tear up the trails with a high performance model, we have the ride you're looking for. Also at Jan-Cen Motorsports, the racing engine specialists are always doing constant R&D to better improve your motor's performance. Our in-house dyno helps us better understand your engine's tendencies and make for dramatic increases in horsepower. Jan-Cen Racing Engines are proven to win. The 2001 IHRA Pro Modified World Champion and World ET/MPH Record Holder Mike Janis chooses Jan-Cen Racing Engines to power his supercharged 1963 Corvette every season. Now run by Janis' sons, Jan-Cen Motorsports maintains its status as racers' and consumers' number one stop for high performance in Elma, NY. Visit for more information.

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 .



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