Mark Herbold and Tyler Halleen take wins at TNT Super Series 2018 season opener

First win for Halleen since juniors and he holds the TNTSS points lead!


Mark Herbold - photog Charlene LeppNEW YORK (June 4, 2018)  The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series kicked off season 12 on Memorial Day weekend presented by the "Friends of the TNTSS" (Steve McCarrick and Larry Pulver). Friday saw Mark Herbold from Elma, NY add another win to his racing resume and Saturday it was Tyler Halleen out of Niagara Falls, NY who took home the big check with his first win in TNTSS competition.

24 cars rolled into the water box for round one on Friday at Lancaster Dragway with last year’s champion Tom Coonly taking the pole with a dead-on 7.000. But it was Mark Herbold marching through Pat Boniferro, Tom Coonly and Ted Barnes on his way to the final round.

There he met up with Pete Maduri Jr. with only .010 separating them at the tree, Herbold hung on and pushed Maduri under the index to take the win.

“Thanks to my wife Janice, Dave & Janet Kennedy and all my family & friends,” said Herbold. “The guys at Jan-Cen Motorsports, Jay at Reid’s, May’s Tree Service and Tom & Michelle from B&B Fence Company.”

Herbold also wanted to mention how much he appreciates the TNT Super Series and all the hard work everyone involved does. “I can’t forget our girls Sarah & Stephanie and son-in-law Aaron – and our granddaughter Aubrey James that brings so much joy to us.”

Saturday saw the series roll into Empire Dragway where 25 cars qualified and Pat Boniferro scored #1 qualifier with a 7.001 in Kevin Orr’s Corvette. It was Tyler Halleen lighting the final beacon of the night earning his first TNT Super Series event win and punching his ticket into the REVS Full Throttle RACE OF CHAMPIONS coming up later in June.

Halleen had some tough competition on his way to the money round defeating Bob Heans, Ted Barnes, Jeff Sobczynski and Doug Lynden. In the final, he paired up with Chris VanBaalen where Halleen was .011 ahead at the hit and carried it through to win in a double breakout 6.992 to 6.984.

Tyler Halleen - photog Ron Rigby“I’d like to thank my Mom (Vanessa) and Dad (Rich), Grandma (Jane), Jake and Emma for all the support,” said Halleen in the Empire Dragway winner’s circle. “Special thanks to my Grandpa (Ron Sr.) for all the hard work on and off the track and giving me the opportunity to race.”

Halleen was quick to thank Matt Shaff at Pro-Formance Specialities “for building an badass motor!” and the gang at Gray’s Furnace. “Thanks to Joe Boniferro, Ted Barnes, and Charlene Lepp for running an amazing series to race in. That first win is always a special one and to get it done with my Grandpa made it even more special!”

Next up are Races 3 & 4 at Toronto Motorsports Park on June 9 & 10.

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Specialty Awards - Friday

Specialty Awards - Saturday


2018 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series Points Standings - Top Ten

1 Tyler Halleen 185
2 Doug Lynden 172
3 Chris VanBaalen 170
4 Pat Boniferro/Kevin Orr 162
5 Jen Guenther/Pete Maduri Jr 158
6 Mark Herbold 155
7 Tom Coonly 132
8 Bob Bauer Jr/Bob Bauer 126
9 Ted Barnes/Jeff Sobczynski 124
10 Joe Karosik/Jim Sobczynski 124


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 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 .

Photo credit: Ron Rigby


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