2002 * Event 1
* Event 2
* Event 3
* Event 4
* Event 5
* Event 6
* Event 7
* Event 8
* Event 9
* Event 10
* Bonus * Top 4 * Final Standings
Aaron Askenback wins Event #7
Event 7 of the 2002 schedule was held on Saturday September 21, 2002. You would not think
it was September by looking at the temperature nearing 90 degrees with high humidity and a
Density Altitude (DA) as high as 2800 feet! Aaron Askenback, Hamden CT, put himself in the
position to win the eliminator with some tremendous packages today. In an odd turn of
events however, Aaron took the win on a solo run when runner-up Rob Farley, Staten Island,
NY, experienced starting issues. Aaron in the white 79 C3 Corvette waited patiently as
numerous attempts to get his opponents car started failed. A decision had to be made to
make the solo. Aaron savoured the entire run and the his first eliminator win by running
the entire 1/4 with the win light on and crossing the finish with a 13.094 @ 103.51 run.
Aaron is the second C3 winner of the Corvette Challenge. Aaron was truly on the tree
today. His worst light in the event (excluding the final light) was .596. Take out the
.596 and his other 5 runs of the day were all .536 or better including a .503 and a
perfect .500 in the semi's. Aaron said dad Carl got him out to work on the lights recently
and it certainly paid off. Aaron's girlfriend made a name for herself sitting at the
very last row of the at the top of the stands video taping every single run for Aaron and
enjoying every minute of with loud cheers of joy with every win Aaron recorded.
|Event 7 Winner
|From left: Carmen Melillo (The Vette Doctors), John Mackey,
Aaron's girlfriend Christina Adams, Carl Askenback (dad), Aaron Askenback (winner) Rob Farley
(runner-up), Bob Trieschmann
Previous winner Rob Farley who has been having issues with his Corvette's alternator
had to could not get the car to start for the final. To be beaten in a final is a tough
loss to take but to be beaten by an everyday basic part like an alternator is extremely
dejecting. Nonetheless it does not take away from the fact that this is Rob's second final
of the season while being a rookie in this series. Farley gained ground in the points
chase collecting 6 points for the day and closing the gap to second place to just 2
Bill Maloney, Toms River, NJ, in his very quick 97 Black Coupe had a busy day of his
own. Maloney not only was a semi finalist but also was a participant in the Quick 4. In
the brackets, on his way to the semi's Bill managed to run a perfect dial in the first
round running 11.400 on an 11.40 dial and in round 4 running 11.342 on an 11.34 dial. If
you run a car as quick as Bill's you know how hard it is to be consistent with a car
capable of 126 MPH but Bill is a seasoned bracket racer and has it figured out. Bill is
also a previous winner in the Challenge winning Event#3 of the
2001 season. In the Quick 4 Maloney lost to fellow Vette Doctors prepared Vette of
Brian Miller in a very close race that was settled at the tree with both drivers running
similar ET's with Maloney at 11.033 and Miller at 11.034.
Today's event featured 77 Corvettes making first round. Don't miss the next Cartek
Corvette Challenge event on Saturday October 26, 2002. It promises to be a very drama
filled day as 3 drivers have the season championship in their sites, (Ralph Savarese,
Edgar Perez and Rob Farley) and The Top 8 jacket earning positions are wide open as are
the Top 10 money earning positions with only those three and Aaron Askenback having
clinched a Top 10 spot. Be sure to watch if you don't participate and listen to track
announcers as Nick Goldman will update us all day long on the happenings.
Some statistics from Corvette Challenge Event 7
|(above) dial-in times for 1st round.
Congratulations to the drivers that made the ladder in round 4. Making the ladder means
each driver won 3 rounds. This week's ladder featured 10 drivers of which half were in
their first ladder of 2002. Newcomers are Bill Fischer, Artie Sabatino, Tom Smith, Robert
Hollingshead and Dave Tortolani who is one of our sponsors (Tortolani Racing). Again you can see how this series is open to all
to win. Good job drivers.
Cash and Prizes awarded drivers courtesy of our sponsors.
- Event winner Aaron Askenback went home with $200 cash and gift certificates for a
free dyno tuning session at Cartek Racing and a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and the Event Winner Shore Motorsports sponsored
Trophy. Shore Motorsports is located in Howell, NJ and can be reached at 732-370-2067 or
on the web at www.shoremotorsports.com. Cartek Racing is in Garwood, NJ and can be
reached at 908-317-4496 or on the web at www.cartek.net.
- Runner-up Rob Farley went home with $100 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro
Torque, the "Money Back Runner Up Award" for $20 cash from Boweryboy Racing and the
event Runner-up Vette Doctors sponsored Trophy. The Vette Doctors are located in
Amityville, NY and can be reached at 631-841-0779 or on the web at www.thevettedoctors.com. Pro
Torque, in Bohemia, NY can be found at www.protorque.com or by calling 631-218-8700.
- Bill Maloney was the sole semi-finalist and won $50 cash.
- All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy sponsored by CFM Racing. With 77 cars making 1st round Chris Coriell, Frank Schear, (Mr Mojo) and Mike Moran gave out 39 trophies.
- Semi-finalist Bill Maloney won the Closest to Dial Award sponsored by Walden
Farms by running a perfect 11.400 on an 11.40 dial. Unfortunately, Maloney's prize
consisting of a beautiful gift package from Walden Farms filled with low calorie low
carbohydrate products will be shipped to his home directly. You can purchase Walden
Farms products at local grocery stores or on the web at www.waldenfarms.com.
- Dennis Kazimir won the Almost Perfect Award sponsored by Marotta Racing when he took
himself out in the 1st round with the red light closest to .500. Kazimir's light could
not have been closer to perfect at .499 and for that he earned a $50 gift certificate to
the Raceway Park Souvenir store donated by Lenny Marotta of Marotta Racing. A worthy not on that run Kazimir also ran
12.151 on a 12.15 dial. That is a .002 package that was just barely on the wrong side.
- Bill Wilson won the "John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial Trophy"
donated by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning
reaction time in the 1st round. Wilson was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when
his RT was .503 taking the win in a top 4 in points race with at the time points leader
Edgar Perez bringing Wilson another point closer with the win.
Points Standings after 7 events
With only one points race left the 2002 Cartek Corvette Challenge now has a new points
leader. Ralph Savarese picking up 3 point Edgar Perez's 1 point now leads Perez who loses
the points lead for the first time this season, by one point. This sets the stage for a
3-way battle at the next race to determine the season points championship. Points
standings can be seen on the left of this page and points scoring rules can be seen at www.corvettechallenge.info/2002rules.shtml.
Cartek Corvette Challenge helps Toys for Teens & Tots
The 50/50 raffle was held at the track and the racers and spectators hopeful of winning
the money while helping out a worthy organization put together $326. The winner received
$163 while the other $163 was donated to the St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister
Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the Cartek Corvette Challenge. Special thanks go to Jaymie Shuleski
and Mariana Trieschmann making the rounds to collect the money. The 50/50 will be held at
each of the Cartek Corvette Challenges this year. Please see Jaymie or Mariana in the
staging lanes if they do not find you first. You do not have to be a Corvette Challenge
racer to participate. Raceway Park officer, Tim, thanks the Corvette Challenge racers and
their fans for supporting the Toys for Teens & Tots. To date we have donated $1,074.50
to the organization. Thank you for your continued support.
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