Dan started his racing career in 1968 at Atco Dragway. Dan's first race car was a '57 Chevy. He bracket raced with this car until the early 1970's when he got a '68 Camaro. Dan ran the car in Modified Eliminator, then Super Gas from the class's inception.
In 2004, he switched to Top Alcohol Funny Car. With a push from his family, this was a life long dream realized. He earned his license in just six passes (the minimum required) and qualified at his second competition. He made his competitive debut with a perfect .000 reaction time. Dan finished his first year racing Top Alcohol Funny Car at #5 in NHRA's Northeast Division 1 (now called East Region). He has consistently placed in the top 10 in the division.
The Pomponio Racing team is truly a family affair. Dan and his wife's first date was to a drag race. Now, the team includes wife, Beth, brother John and nephew Johnny Pomponio as co-crew chiefs, daughter, Maureen, son-in-law, Ted, and their two children. Son, Danny, works for NHRA.
Dan works at Boninfante Fristion, Inc., Yeadon, PA. He lives in Berlin, NJ.
2018 East Region Champion
Track E.T. Record Holder, Epping, NH
4 National Event Wins
7 Regional Event Wins
Best Appearing Crew
Best Appearing Car
Top 50 Drivers of the Year
National Dragster’s Top Bracket Racers of the Year
New Jersey Class Champion