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 40, 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.
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 Infineon Raceway, for nearly 35 years.
In recent years, Kyle has earned a reputation as one of the most recognizable and successful race promoters in sportsman racing, as he and longtime friend Peter Biondo joined forces in 2010 to product the K&N Spring Fling bracket event in Bristol, TN. The race has established itself as one of the richest and most prestigious events on the sportsman racing landscape.
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 world champion and six time US Nationals champion.
Peter's first World Championship came at the wheel of Phil Monteiths 1982 Hatari Firebird.
In 2000, Peter took his 1998 S&W dragster to win the biggest bracket races in the northeast to date. Peter captured $50,000 in a race win at Cecil County MD in April and 3 months later he won another $50,000 in a race at Atco NJ in June.
Peter won his second NHRA Super Stock World Championship in 2000.
In the fall of 2000. Peter Biondo was referred to as "the Terminator" on ESPN TV by an ESPN commentator after clinching the Jegs All Star race in Illinois in both Stock and Super Stock. 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 2003, Peter won his third NHRA Super Stock World Championship.
Driving his '69 camaro, Peter won the NHRA Stock Eliminator World Championship in 2005 by setting a record for the highest points total in NHRA history with 792 points.
In 2006 Peter Biondo won his 5th NHRA World Championship driving the Hatari 2000' Firebird. Later in the year, the team decided to switch cars to Arnie Martel's '06 Cobal.
2008 was good to Peter as he won 3 NHRA National Events along with a handful of big bracket race wins including a $25,000 win and the Ultimate Gamblers $42,000 winner take all race win in Las Vegas.
In 2009 Peter brought the Ultimate Gamblers Bracket Race Title home to New York for the second year in a row. Peter also captured the points championship at the prestigious 5 day bracket race in Bradenton Florida along with scoring 2 NHRA national event titles, one in comp and the other in super stock.