Kyle Seipel is likely the most decorated sportsman driver in the history of NHRA's Pacific Division (Division 7), having claimed a total of 22 Division 7 Championships. That's not a typographical error; Seipel has won 10 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 championships in Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street. Even more impressively, he has amassed an incredible 12 Division 7 E.T. Finals crowns! What's more? Seipel, now 44, has raced on a fairly limited schedule (without seriously chasing points) for over a decade, having earned his most recent Division 7 crown in Super Comp back in 2000. As if 22 Division championships weren't impressive enough, do the math: Seipel earned each of those crowns prior to his 30th birthday. The highlight of Seipel's astounding run comes from 1994-1996. In those three seasons, Seipel compiled drag racings version of the "triple-double," as he earned a pair of Division 7 crowns each season for three consecutive years! He earned the top spot in Super Comp and Super Street in '94, Super Gas and Super Street in '95, and then Super Comp and Super Gas in '96!
In addition to his success along the NHRA tour, Seipel is also an accomplished big buck bracket racer. In that venue, he earned his richest and most prestigious title at the 2007 Thanksgiving Bracket Nationals in Las Vegas. There, he defeated two of the most accomplished racers in sportsman history, Jeg Coughlin, Jr. and Peter Biondo, in the semi-final and final round, respectively, to earn the $45,000 top prize.
Kyle comes from a racing family. His father, Ted, is recognized as a legend and pioneer of sportsman drag racing. He and Kyle enjoyed great success with a four-car team throughout the late 1980's and early '90's, both competing in Super Gas and Super Street. Ted is a multi-time Division 7 champion in his own right and has bracket raced the same vehicle since 1958!
Not only was Kyle's father heavily involved in the sport, but his mother Georgia has also made her career in the racing industry. After attending events with Ted for years, Georgia took the wheel on several occasions and enjoyed success prior to stepping into track management. She has worked as a track manager, first at the long defunct Baylands Speedway, before taking her current position at Sonoma Raceway, for nearly 35 years.
Peter Biondo was born in 1971 in Queens, New York. While growing up, playing hockey in local leagues around the neighborhood was how Peter spent a lot of his afternoons. On the weekends, Peter would go with his family to the drag races. It didn't take him long to figure out that drag racing was his passion.
Like any sport, drag racing gets in family bloodlines and passes down from one generation to the next. The Biondo family is a prime example of this. In the late 1960's Peter's father, Sam, competed regularly at the dragstrips. Since then Sam has won 8 track championships in the super pro ranks. Peter's older brother, Sal was the next to take the wheel. In 1984 Sal began competing and shortly thereafter Peter started his racing career. "My 16th birthday couldn't come soon enough, I've been watching my father since I was 2 years old and I was eager to take a shot at it!"
It was 1987 when Peter started racing in nothing other than with the family station wagon in the entry level class. Peter and his family spent many weekends traveling together to racetracks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. According to Peter it was time well spent. "Sal and I would alternate driving the station wagon and we would watch my father compete in super pro. It kept us together on the weekends and was a lot of fun. I just knew it was something I wanted to be involved with for a long time."
Peter finished his education at St. Johns University with a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a 3.2 GPA. Within those 4 years Peter was competing at the local bracket tracks and enjoyed a great deal of success, winning 3 consecutive super pro track championships at local tracks in New Jersey. It was then that he realized that he didn't just want to drag race as a hobby, he wanted to make it a way of life.
Peter is a Seven-Time NHRA World Champion (the only Sportsman Driver to capture 7 NHRA World Championships in the history of the sport).
Peter holds the record for the highest NHRA sportsman points total in NHRA history by scoring an outrageous 792 total in 2005 with his 69' Camaro competing in NHRA Stock Eliminator.
Peter is a Six-Time US Nationals champion.
In 2000, within a 3 months time frame, Peter captured a $50,000 race win at Cecil County MD in April and then won another $50,000 race at Atco NJ in June.
Following the $50,000, Peter proceeded to win the JEGS NHRA All-Star race in Super Stock in the fall of 2000 and then clinched the NHRA Super Stock World Championship. It was after that when ESPN commentators referred to him as "the Terminator" on ESPN TV. The fall put an end to what might be Peter's most successful season to date. "2000 was a year I will never forget. It makes you realize that hard work and determination really pay off" Peter stated.
In recent years, Peter (along with his wife Emily and son Saverio) enjoys living in Queens NY and runs the family business, Biondo Racing Products, that his father Sam started in 1987. Peter also recently joined forces with his best friend Kyle Seipel and together they put on the Spring Fling Bracket Races in Tennessee and Vegas. "Kyle and I are very passionate about our Spring Fling events and we hope to build our brand for many years to come" said Peter.