Sean Bellemueur is a five-time, championship-winning race driver with a career spanning nearly 20 years. He has accumulated 50 wins over 20 racing seasons and has been an NHRA National Champion four times.
Sean Bellemueur is a five-time, championship-winning race driver with a career spanning nearly 20 years. He has accumulated 50 wins over 20 racing seasons and has been an NHRA National Champion four times. Sean returns to Bartone Brothers Racing for the 2023 season, his fifth season with the team, campaigning the Bartone Bros Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
As a teenager, Bellemeur grew up in a drag racing family. Father, Gregg, was an avid racer in the 70s and either drove or partnered on everything from AA Fuel Altered to Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car. Mom, Nancy, was in the sport too, she was the office manager at Orange County International Raceway. "I was doomed for it," said Bellemeur. "Drag racing was just what we did; it was a lifestyle."
Bellemeur began getting his hands dirty with Lemon and Burr Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car- Crew, specializing in learning clutch duties (1992-2003). Began in Jr. Drag Racing in 1994.
He soon graduated from driving a Jr. Dragster and settled into a blown front-engine Nostalgia A/Fuel dragster that he and his family built. The evolving driver raced to the top of the class and won the Good Guys Vintage Racing Association championships in 2001 and 2002, and he was tapped to drive the High Speed Motorsports nostalgia Top Fuel dragster a couple of seasons later.
In 2007 Bellemeur's experience and skill caught the eye of team owner Ron Meer and crew chief Bob DeVour, who approached him at the end of the 2006 season about driving the Meer Homes Top Alcohol Funny Car for the next season. In that first season with Meer and DeVour, Bellemeur won the Lucas Oil Series in the Pacific Division at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield.
On the nostalgia side, Bellemeur's career has been touched by more than one bright point, including driving the nostalgia A/Fueler to victory at the 2002 March Meet, a race that his father competed at in the 1970s. Nearly as thrilling was winning the Bakersfield divisional race last season.
Family has always played a big role for the California based driver. Switching from paid drives and back to the family car was a way life in his early professional career.
In 2017, east coast racing legend Tony Bartone was ready to step out of the Bartone Bros Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car. With mutual respect garnered from on-track competition Bartone hired Bellemeur and assembled what is known today as the Killer B's. The Killer B's are made up of Tony Bartone, Sean Bellemeur and renowned crew chief Steve Boggs. Together the Killer B's have 50 feature wins and three NHRA Championships.
Bellemeur racing history:
Lemon and Burr Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car- Crew, specializing in learning clutch duties (1992-2003).
1994-1998: NHRA Junior Drag Racing League- Multi Time Track Champion, 1997 National Championships Runner up.
1999-2004: Bellemeur Nostalgia Racing A/Fuel Nostalgia Dragster- 2-time Goodguys VRA A/Fuel Champion.
2003-2007: High Speed Motorsports Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster- Multi time event winner.
2004-2022: Bellemeur Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car- Multiple Division race wins.
2007-2008: Ron Meer Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car- NHRA Pacific Division Champion (2007), NHRA Pacific Division Driver of the Year (2007)
2009: Geoff Goodwin Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car
2009-2022: Assistant Crew Chief High Speed Motorsports Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster (NHRA Champions 2008, 2018, 2019)
2013: Kon Rodz Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car
2013: Circuit Breaker Racing Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster
2015: Bartone Bros Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car- Won first National Event (Dallas, TX) in fill-in role.
2016: Bartone Bros Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car- Won second National Event (Dallas, TX).
2018-Present: Bartone Bros Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car- 3 Time NHRA World Champion (2018,2019,2021), 2 Time MWDRS Champion (2020, 2021)
Bellemeur’s trophy room includes: Nostalgia Racing Championships (2);
Nostalgia Racing Wins (14); Top Alcohol Funny Car Championships (6, 3 NHRA National, 1 NHRA Divisional, 2 MWDRS); Top Alcohol Funny Car National Event Wins (31); Top Alcohol Funny Car Regional, divisional, Event Wins (19); Top Alcohol Funny Car MWDRS Event Wins (11).
Bellemeur is currently based in Placentia, Calif., where he lives with wife Ashley, daughters Peyton, Kierra, and Audrey. When not in the car, works as training manager at Mastercam.