Bongiovanni Racing took to the track this past weekend, competing in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Atco Dragway, located outside of Philadelphia. The team had six drivers in action, including Anthony and Michelle Bongiovanni, Kenny Miele, Dave Ficacci, plus Nick Scardelli, and recent NMRA winner, Ray Scardelli.
Competing in Stock and Super Stock, the drivers qualified well and then prepared for a weekend of tough eliminations. Michelle and Anthony, along with Dave Ficacci and Ray Scardelli were defeated early, but Kenny Miele and Nick Scardelli carried the Micro Strategies colors into the late rounds.
Scardelli defeated a quartet of NHRA Division 1 regulars with his wheelstanding, 10-second Mercury Capri. However, Scardelli met his match in the fifth round. Despite a great .015-second reaction time, he was bested by eventual event winner and Division 1 Super Stock points leader, James Antonette Jr.
Meanwhile, in Stock Eliminator, three-time NHRA national event winner Ken Miele kept his momentum going at Atco Dragway, qualifying his Micro Strategies-backed Cobra Jet Mustang with an 8.66 pass. Miele has been going rounds all season thanks to great driving, and a fast, consistent Mustang.
This weekend, Miele produced a quarter-final finish, before slipping with a rare red light. “We recently fixed a few things with the engine and the car is now more consistent and easier to drive,” said Miele.
“I made a mistake at Atco and that cost me, but that happens in drag racing. We have some important races coming up like the NMCA Cobra Jet Showdown in Norwalk, Ohio, and just a few days later, the NHRA US in Indy. There’s no doubt we’ll be ready,” he added.
Miele is currently 35th in NHRA Stock Eliminator national points (out of 901 drivers) and 12th within the home division.
Bongiovanni Racing won’t have to wait long to get back on track, as the team heads to Cecil County Dragway August 16-18 for more NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Series action before heading to Norwalk, Ohio for the Cobra Jet showdown August 22-25. Be sure to join us and follow at @bongiovanniracing on Instagram and Facebook.