A Fun LovinÕ Criminal?
It was LOL for us around that moniker for Pete Maduri Jr.’s name in drag racing, but it seems that quite often the competition is not laughing. Maduri, a second-generation drag racer, has been busy massaging and racing a very slick 1993 Chevy S-10. Pete confirmed that his truck was originally street driven up to about 1999 after which it was back-halved and purpose-built by Buffalo’s Jason Vitez for full racing within NHRA’s Super Street class. This S-10 is now a lightweight effort (2,850 pounds) that features a 565ci big-block rated at about 850 hp. That engine was built by reputed Western New Yorker, Mike Janis at Jan-Cen Racing Engines, whose facility is located close to Pete’s hometown of Clarence, New York. Pete enjoyed a banner highlight season with his Dynabrade-sponsored machine during 2018. He won his first career NHRA national event at the New England Nationals. Future plans for Pete and his dad (Pete Sr.) include a second car after acquiring a 1984 Camaro Stock Eliminator last summer.