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“Nitro” Nick Boninfante Sr. Passes

Monday, 24 August 2015

“Nitro” Nick Boninfante Sr. passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. He is survived by his daughter Jodi, and sons, Nicky and Rob. The sons carry on the Boninfante Friction Inc. racing clutch business.

Boninfante’s famous “U.S. Male” funny car was a major player throughout the east cost in the 1970s and he was also part of the team for 1989 IHRA championship winning Funny Car, driven by RC Sherman. He continued his relationship with the IHRA when his business, Boninfante Performance Clutch Parts, became a major sponsor for the 2009 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series. The “Boninfante Clutches Pro Stock and Pro Mod Top Qualifier” program rewarded the number one qualifier in Pro Stock and Pro Mod at each Nitro Jam event.

The “U.S. Male” funny car name is carried on in current IHRA Nitro Jam competition by Bruce Litton.

Last modified on Tuesday, 25 August 2015

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