Read about the credentials and accomplishments of your ThisIsBracketRacing.com instructors.
12/9/2013 - Guest Instructor - Bruno Massel, Jr.
Behind the wheel, Bruno is still very active as he won it all in 2009 and 2012! With his 1400+Hp Turbocharged Chevy Cobalt, Bruno has made his mark on the drag racing world securing 2-NHRA World Championships. Along the way he’s picked up "Driver of the Year" accolades to go with 4 Divisional Championships, 3- All-Stars titles and has reset his own national record while laying claim to the highest championship point total in the history of the category in which he competes.
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11/21/2013 - Guest Instructor - Alan Kenny
This month’s ThisIsBracketRacing.com guest editorial comes from 2012 NHRA Super Comp champion Alan Kenny. Alan is our first contributor from outside the United States, as he was born in Buckingham, Quebec and currently shares residence between Kingston, Ontario and Kutztown, PA where his teams race shop is located.
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10/25/2013 - Guest Instructor - Brad Burton
Brad Burton, a Boeing Engineer, has been racing his 1972 Pontiac Firebird since 2005. Brad grew up at the race track with his dad and knew at a very young age he wanted to race cars.
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8/8/2013 - Guest Instructor - Brandon Schmall
At just 20 years of age Brandon Schmall is already an accomplished on-track competitor, with a NHRA national championship to his credit. Schmall, currently a Junior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics, starting his driving career in the Junior Dragster ranks at age 8.
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5/1/2013 - Guest Instructor - Jeff Lopez
Most of you know 35-year-old Jeff Lopez as the 2012 NHRA Super Gas World Champion. What many outside of NHRA’s South Central Division may not realize is that Lopez’s “overnight success” has been a lifetime in the making.
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2/20/2013 - Guest Instructor - Jimmy DeFrank
Jimmy DeFrank’s on-track accomplishments put him in sportsman drag racing’s elite class. By winning the 2012 NHRA Super Stock Championship DeFrank joined Peter Biondo and Greg Stanfield as the only 4-time champions in the Super Stock category. At just 34-years old, DeFrank is an odds-on favorite to become the greatest champion in NHRA Super Stock history before his career comes to a close.
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10/31/2012 - Guest Instructor - Jody Lang
In the world of sportsman drag racing, Jody Lang carries a list of credentials and accomplishments equaled by a select few of the sport’s elite drivers. Lang, who began his career in the bracket ranks and has enjoyed success at nearly every level, is one of today’s most recognizable sportsman stars on the NHRA tour.
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8/21/2012 - Guest Instructor - Brad Plourd
At just 30 years old, Brad Plourd has established himself as one of the premier drivers in the NHRA sportsman ranks. Plourd, who hails from the Seattle, Washington area originally, has 14 NHRA national event wins to his credit in three seperate categories (Super Stock, Stock, and Super Comp).
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6/26/2012 - Guest Instructors - BJ Bianchi & Manny Sousa
The latest TIBR Guest Tutorial Column comes from longtime friends and highly successful sportsman racers, BJ Bianchi and Manny Sousa. BJ and Manny both hail from the Western shore of South Florida, and both cut their teeth racing at facilities like Sunshine Dragway, Bradenton Motorsports Park, and Immokalee Regional Raceway.
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4/16/2012 - Guest Instructor - Nick Folk
Nick Folk has proven himself a master of his craft at the wheel of Folk Family Racing Machines. Nick, a two-time IHRA World Champion, is a 19-time national event winner in NHRA and IHRA competition. Nick is a 9-time divisional champion, and has accumulated wins in seemingly every major big dollar bracket event in the country.
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2/22/2012 - Guest Instructor - Mark Faul
Mark Faul has been one of the most successful sportsman drag racers in the United States over the past two decades. So successful, in fact, that for a ten year span (2002-2011) Faul had the opportunity to do what very few sportsman racers can: race for a living.
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12/21/2011 - Guest Instructor - Justin Lamb
24-year-old Justin Lamb may be the youngest guest instructor we’ve had to date here on ThisIsBracketRacing.com, but he is not the least experienced. Lamb, a graduate of the Jr. Dragster ranks, has made his mark in NHRA sportsman competition. He is already an 8-time NHRA national event winner, having achieved that feat in 4 different categories (Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Top Dragster).
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10/19/2011 - Guest Instructor - Sal Biondo
Sal Biondo has been hanging at the dragstrip since he was in diapers. At the time, he really did not have a choice – his father Sam brought him and Pete almost every weekend (some of you may have heard of his brother – 5-time NHRA World Champion and TIBR columnist Pete Biondo).
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8/18/2011 - Guest Instructor - Kyle Seipel
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!
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2/16/2011 - Guest Instructor - Bret Kepner
Bret Kepner has attended more than 3,200 drag racing events since his first, the inaugural NHRA Summernationals at York, PA, in 1970. His drag racing journalism career began at age eighteen with editor Jim Kelly of Super Stock & Drag Illustrated magazine and continued with SS&DI through its demise twenty-two years later.
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1/27/2011 - Guest Instructor - Bob Mullaney
At 55 years of age, Bob Mullaney is a 37-year veteran behind the wheel of sportsman drag racing machines. Unlike many of our guest instructors, Mullaney doesn’t come from a family of racers (rather, as the patriarch of the Mullaney racing family, he created one). He took to the sport on his own, though he’s quick to credit a handful of friends and mentors who helped guide him early in his racing career.
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12/10/2010 - Guest Instructor - Bud McNasby
Bud McNasby is a fixture at Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ, a track that has earned a reputation for hosting some of the most brutal bracket competition in the Northeast region and throughout the country. There, McNasby is a 6-time track champion in Pro Eliminator and has a pair of Fall Gambler Series titles to his credit. He also runs The Speed Shop at Atco Raceway, and has since 2003.
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10/27/2010 - Guest Instructor - Tommy Phillips
At forty years of age, Tommy Phillips has accumulated nearly 30 years of experience behind the wheel of sportsman racing machines and within the performance motorsports industry. Phillips, who has always made his home in the North Texas area, first took the wheel in 1983, at the tender age of 13. After nearly a decade of honing his skills at local area tracks and earning a Business Degree from the University of North Texas, Phillips took his racing talents to the national stage.
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8/17/2010 - Guest Instructor - James Monroe
James Monroe is a two-time NHRA Division 3 JEGS Super-Quick Champion and has been voted by his peers as the Division 3 E.T. Driver of the year on three different occassions. Over the course of his decorated racing career, Monroe has accumulated a multitude of track championships and big dollar bracket victories. More recently, he has been a force in fast dragster competition. Thus far in 2010 alone Monroe has won the NHRA Summit Nationals in Top Dragster, along with a pair of Division 3 Lucas Oil Series Events. At one stretch this summer, he appeared in the final round in six of seven events attended!
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6/16/2010 - Guest Instructor - Shawn Langdon
To the casual NHRA fan, Shawn Langdon is the likeable, personable Top Fuel teammate of Morgan Lucas, and a successful professional competitor behind the wheel of his Lucas Oil/Speedco backed Top Fuel Dragster. At just 27 years of age, Langdon is living his dream, and the dream of countless other hot rod enthusiasts: as he makes his living in the seat of the quickest and fastest machines known to man, the Top Fuel Dragster.
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2/26/2010 - Guest Instructor - Bruce Deveau
Bruce Deveau grew up in the pits of New England Dragway in Epping, NH. By the time he was old enough to drive, he was at the track every weekend, running beat-up street cars and handling crew duty on his friend’s 11 second Dodge Charger. From the crew position, Bruce learned the art of bracket racing, dialing, strategy, and concentration.
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2/2/2010 - Guest Instructor - Michael Beard
Had it not been for a chance encounter, Michael Beard’s sports resume may have been most highlighted for being picked last in gym class.
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12/17/2009 - Guest Instructor - Brian Folk
Like each of our 2009 “Guest” Instructors, Brian Folk is a second generation drag racer, having grown up helping and watching his father Ron race throughout the Midwest and across the country. In fact, Brian comes from quite a racing pedigree...
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8/19/2009 - Guest Instructor - Troy Williams, Jr.
What hasn’t Troy Williams, Jr. done in the world of sportsman drag racing? He is a former winner of the Million Dollar Race. He has an IHRA World Championship to his credit. He has earned a pair of Moroso 5-Day Points Championships (one of just four racers to have won multiple Moroso titles). He is a former B&M Series World Champion. He is a former Tenn-Tuck Triple Crown Bracket Series Champion. He has over 10 national event victories to his credit. He has earned well over $1,000,000 in his illustrious racing career. And he’s still in his 30’s, with a lot of good racing left ahead of him.
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4/15/2009 - Guest Instructor - Peter Biondo
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.
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4/13/2009 - Guest Instructor- Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
Pro Stock racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. admits he's the forward-looking type, which serves him extremely well when he's streaking down the quarter mile behind the wheel of his 1,500-horsepower JEGS.com Chevrolet Cobalt.
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4/1/2009 - Guest Instructor - Danny Waters, Jr.
Like each of ThisIsBracketRacing.com’s 2009 guest instructors, Danny Waters, Jr. is a second generation drag racer who essentially “grew up” at the race track. Danny has said that there was never any doubt that he’d be involved in racing, as it was a way of life for as long as he can remember.
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1/29/2009 - Guest Instructor - Jared Pennington
Jared “Jed” Pennington is one of the most successful Footbrake competitors in all of drag racing. Pennington has a racing pedigree, as he grew up in central Alabama watching and helping his father Bob compete at facilities throughout the southeast (Bob Pennington is still an active competitor today, at age 68). Jared took the wheel himself at an early age, and developed into one of the premier bottom bulb racers in the region and the country.
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1/28/2009 - Head Instructor - Luke Bogacki
Luke Bogacki is a professional drag racer, competing throughout the country in a variety of competition vehicles and classes. In his sixteen year racing career, Luke has amassed over 250 event victories and more than $1,000,000 in prize money. He has proven throughout his career to be versatile and capable of winning in virtually any sportsman drag racing class or event.
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