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 Dave Bieneman • USA Performance Parts


 

Dave Bieneman installed a Cadillac engine in a 46 Ford coupe, his first car, when he was 16 years old. This ultimately taught him a lot about repairing transmissions and rear ends as the Cadillac had enough power to break gears almost weekly. He quickly moved on to a 55 Chevy and a high winding 301 cu in V8. This engine had some of the most exotic hand ported heads of the era and Dave soon learned to freshen, update and repair these out of necessity, as there were few people at that time working with any type of porting. He also found that modifying the single 4bbl manifolds of the day helped make his little Chevy engine beat all of the muscle cars of the day, the Hemi’s, GTO’s, 409 Chevy’s and 427 Corvettes.
In 1965 he started rebuilding automatic transmissions for a living. This was the most challenging mechanical part of the car at that time. He eventually opened his own transmission rebuilding business repairing and modifying automatics, 4 speeds and rear ends for drag racers and off-road racers. While owning the transmission business he was racing a nitro Funny Car in sand drags across the Midwest, setting track records at every track they competed at.
 

After 3 years of sand racing he decided it was time to move up to a Top Fuel Dragster and bought his first car from Dick Lahaie. He won the Last Popular Hot Rod meet with it and ran a limited schedule, but still managed to win two national events until racing the entire IHRA schedule in 1997 & 1998 and ending fourth in points both years. After branching off into chassis and rear end mail order sales, he sold the business and took a job with Richard Maskin at Dart Machinery, a premiere supplier of racing cylinder heads and blocks. Dave gained an extensive knowledge of cylinder heads as Tech Department manager, working seven years with Dart’s heavy machining facility, CNC porting dept, foundries and Pro Stock engine department. While managing the Tech dept at Dart he was still driving a Top Fuel car at limited events until 2003. At the end of 2004 Dave seized the chance to move to warmer weather and work with his son at MBE Cylinder Heads & Manifolds, bringing a Lifetime of skills in management, cylinder heads, engines and racing knowledge to complement Matt’s expertise in cylinder head and manifold design, porting and machining.

 

Dave is still directly involved in racing as crew chief on an ADRL Extreme 10.5 for Tony Wilson Jr. and has qualified the 706 cid nitrous powered Monte Carlo for all 3 races they attended at the end of 2009.

 

With increasing requests for racing engine parts from MBE customers the decision was made to establish an Engine Parts division, MBE Performance Parts. With increasing sales, Dave decided to separate the performance parts business and changed the name to USA Performance Parts.

 

The combined experience of Dave, Matt and crew has brought a NEW concept to internet performance parts sales. You actually CAN get good technical advice before you buy from the web! USA Performance Parts is based on the premise that personal service from an experienced professional will help you get the correct parts for your application and the resulting performance gains that you expect WITHOUT the mistakes, mismatched parts and returns which are associated with most web-based performance suppliers.

 

USA Performance Parts
704-397-7979 • www.usaperform.com

 

Matt Bieneman • MBE Cylinder Heads & Manifolds


 

Matt Bieneman has 20 years experience in cylinder head research, design and porting, ranging from Top Fuel & Pro Stock Drag Racing to NASCAR Cup and Busch Racing. Working for the likes of multiple championship ring winners Joe Gibbs-NASCAR & NFL, Dick Lahaie-NHRA Top Fuel, Connie Kalitta-NHRA Top Fuel, Tim Richards-NHRA Top Fuel & first Funny Car to run in the 4’s and John Medlin-NHRA Funny Car has instilled in Matt the belief that winning championships is the only option. There is no room for second place.

This belief manifests itself in the company that bears his name, Matt Bieneman Enterprises. Your engine program can benefit from Matt & MBE’s philosophy of continuously striving for improvement with non-stop R&D and close attention to quality.

At 8 years old, Matt began going sand drag racing with his dad, Dave. At 13 he was spraying gas in the injector of Dave’s Nitro Funny Car and starting it on his own. When Dave started racing in the Top Fuel Dragster class Matt worked on the car during the week and at the races on weekends, while still finding time to build a 406” powered 1978 Camaro and going to school. His first job was at Gianino Racing Engines owned by Pro Stock racer Sam Gianino. Working for Sam, who was uncompromising about details, he learned the fine points of cylinder head machining & design while they worked on Winston Cup heads for Tim Richmond, Buick heads for the GM Indy Car program and Pro Stock Engines for Sam’s car and others.

 

Matt then worked on Chuck Etchell’s Fuel Funny Car whose crew chief was the legendary Tim Richards who had won numerous Top Fuel championships for Joe Amato and is still winning with Kenny and Brandon Bernstein. While at Etchell’s they ran the first 4 second Funny Car run, a history making 4.98. During his 4 years with Connie Kalitta he worked under master tuner Dick LaHaie, winning two Top Fuel championships with Scott Kalitta driving. From Jim Becker, head of Kalitta’s machine shop and prior head of Dart Machinery’s cylinder head division he learned more secrets of cylinder head porting and repairing. He is still crewing part time for the Kalittas when they need help on one of the four Top Fuel cars they field at NHRA national events.

 

Matt then headed south to Joe Gibb’s NASCAR Winston Cup Team, where Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart were driving. He managed their cylinder head department for almost 4 years before deciding to venture out and start his own business, MBE Cylinder Heads & Manifolds. He quickly gained the respect and confidence of many racing teams in NHRA and IHRA drag racing, NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series, DIRT Series, IMCA and many other types of racing. Customers of MBE Cylinder Heads & Manifolds have included drag racers Don Prudhomme Racing, Bob Tasca, Del Worsham, Mike Edwards, Kenny Koretsky, Paul Mecure, Monty Bogan and oval track racers Dale Earnhart Inc., Evernham Racing, Ganasis Racing, Gypsum Racing, and Ricky Elliot, to name a few. Matt also manufactures Top Fuel and Funny Car heads for drag racings Don Schumacher Racing including 2011 Funny Car Champion Matt Hagan.

 

MBE Cylinder Heads & Manifolds
704-865-0200 • www.mbellc.com