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2001 Corvette Challenge Drag Racing Series

Fred Vetter wins Event 6

Fred Vetter of Princeton, NJ became the 6th different winner of the 2001 Cartek Corvette Challenge Drag Racing Series held at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ on November 10, 2001.   What a beautiful day we had for racing with the Density Altitude hovering around zero, we were bound for some fast racing.   The track was full of Corvettes.   This event was by far the largest Corvette Challenge with 68 drivers making first round call.   An additional 8 cars purchased tech cards but did not make first round call either due to breakage or other obligations that did not allow them to stay to make first round.   The pits were filled with many other Vette owners and spectators that came out to support the family and friends.   Fred Vetter had a tough day ahead of him with 68 competitors, it would take 7 full rounds of elimination to be named the event winner.   Fred ran consistently all day in his 2000 Torch Red Cope with Florida tags.   Fred is no stranger to racing as he has a number of year's under his belt.   At the end of the event, Fred thanked John Mackey for running this fine event and giving him and other Corvette racers a series to race in.   The win jolted Fred in to the top 16 in the points qualifying him for a special eliminator that will be run at the next event on Saturday, November 17, 2001, the final event for the year that will determine the overall champion for the year.   More details can be found at   It will also be the last date on the schedule for Raceway Park.   Be sure and check for next years schedule at the Corvette Challenge Web page or at

The final round had plenty of tension as two very consistent racers squared to determine the winner.   Fred Vetter dialed in 12.85 against Bob Trieschmann's 14.00.   This is the second time this season Bob has made it to the finals and had at point already taken over the overall points lead in the series and was looking to add to it with another win.   The drivers took off with very similar lights.   Bob left first with a .622 light and Fred followed with a .581 light.   At the top end, Bob was in the chase and was force to break out with a 13.904 against Fred's almost perfect 12.854.   That was the third run in a row where Fred was just within thousands of his dial of 12.85.   We all know how hard it is to the get a car to run within thousands of a second in two runs in a day, let alone the three.   Congratulations to Fred for winning and Bob for putting up a tough fight.

Previous points leader Bill Martinson had a good day also but fell victim to Fred in Round 5 leaving him now one point behind the new leader, Bob Trieschmann.   Mike Jubanyik (HPDrifter on the had an outstanding day going 6 rounds and jumping up to 6th position for the year.   Mike also missed two events this year so that is a strong feat.

The John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial Trophy was awarded to Tony Bounassisi of Trevose, PA for the best reaction time in the first round.   Tony had a .503 light in the first round.   Tony, who was recently elected to the board of his local club, The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley (CCDV), which can be reached at, has come to many of these events and is responsible for getting over 10 cars from his club to come to this event.   We appreciate the support Tony and the CCDV have given to the Corvette challenge Drag Racing Series.   A good reaction time can put your opponents back to the wall so practice, practice, practice.   Congratulations go to Tony. John Mackey and John Panuzzo flank RT winner Tony Bounassisi for his .503 light.


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