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Rob Farley wins Event 5 of the 2003 East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge for a 2nd in Row

Rob Farley entered the "mid-season stretch", (3 races in 4 weeks) of the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge with his second Challenge win in a row (three if you count his Top 4 win). The win vaulted Farley into second place in the points race beating Joe Blass in the final, though he took the points lead back from Ralph Savarese. Farley won the previous event and becomes the first repeat winner in 2003 and the first becomes the fourth three-time career winner in the Corvette Challenge series (Savarese, John Panuzzo and Edgar Perez are the others). Farley saved his best light of the day for the final and it could not be better. He cut a perfect .500 light on a 13.84 dial. Both Farley and runner-up Blass were very familiar with their competition and stepped it up for the final. Blass' luck was on the wrong side of perfect however, leaving a measley .027 early, lighting the red with a .473. Farley's lights were not close to .500 at all today. In fact, he almost did not make the event. Farley experienced quite a bit of overtime in New York due to the "2003 Blackout" being a New York city police officer and almost had to work today. In addition, Farley was a little distracted today due to a very ill relative in the hospital who he left to visit immediately after the race. Farley, last years' Rookie of the Year, is a seasoned racer and knows when he has to be at his game and with two wins in a row is looking like a tough guy to beat. He tries to become the first ever three in a row winner at the next race.

Blass on the other hand, should be fairly happy, though not with the win, being able to regain the points lead. With only 2 races left before the point leader is invited to the Bracket Nationals, Blass has the look of determination in his eye. Unlike Farley though, Blass was all over the tree today. Blass took a bye into the semi-final, a .523 round five, a .562 got him the number 2 seed in the ladder in the 3rd round and a .505 in the second round. A super day on the tree for Joe, who again was supported by wife Jeanne and this time his son and a friend. Blass took advantage of Savarese's third round loss to regain first place in the points race.

You cannot say Savarese did not try to protect the 1st position however. Matched with his nephew, Chris Young, in the third round, he did not take it easy on him. Ralph dialed 12.13 and ran 12.130 (with a ZERO). One would think that would get you a win but Young made his uncle say "uncle" with a .540 light to a good, but not quite good enough this time, .581 by Savarese. It did not hurt that Chris ran 13.321 on a 12.29 dial either.
Runner-up Joe Blass Bob Trieschmann, Winner Rob Farley, Edgar Perez, runner-up Joe Blass and John Mackey Winner Rob Farley
Runner-up Joe Blass L to R, Bob Trieschmann, Winner Rob Farley, Edgar Perez, runner-up Joe Blass and John Mackey Winner Rob Farley

Bill Maloney wins Vette Doctors Quick 4 Event 2

The Quick 4 was back in action with Chris Coriell qualifying number one at 10.09 but Maloney taking the win the final. More details will follow soon on the Quick 4.

Today's event featured 73 Corvettes making first round with 81 racers present. This is great attendance in the middle of the summer with so many racers on family vacations.

Some statistics from today

Congratulations to the drivers that made the ladder in round four. Making the ladder means these drivers got down to the final 16 or less of the event by winning three rounds. This week's ladder featured 10 drivers. Good job drivers. Congratulations to John Burbich and Jeff Hershberger who each made their first ladder today in the Corvette Challenge Drag Racing Series.

Event 5 ladder August 16, 2003 Chris Young, Joseph Blass, Louis Calicchia, George Esposito, Bob Hollingshead, Rob Farley, Mike Carr, John Burbich, Tony Abbruzze, Jeff Herschberger

Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 10 11 12 13 14 16 Total
# 1 4 19 35 13 1 73
% 1.4% 5.5% 26.0% 47.9% 17.8% 1.4% 100%

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Rob Farley went home with $250 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and the winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Joe Blass went home with $125 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and the runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Louis Calicchia, who won $60 cash.
  • Jeff Hershberger won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy and $50 cash presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Jeff Hershberger was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .012.
  • Bill Martinson won the 'Almost Perfect Award' presented by Marotta Racing when he took himself out in the 1st round with the red light closest to .500. Bill Martinson's light was 0.05 and for that she earned a $25 Tech Card gift certificate usable on a future to Raceway Park courtesy of Lenny Marotta and Marotta Racing .
  • John Policastro won the 'Closest to Dial Award' Trophy presented by Boweryboy Racing by only .002 off his dial.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsChris Coriell won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when he was edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0048. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although he lost in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Chris Coriell earned a Zaino starter package that includes Z1, Z2, Z6, Z7 and a polish pad.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy sponsored by United Racing. With 83 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

Saturday August 30th is the next Corvette Challenge. If you have a schedule from the beginning of the season, you will notice this date is not on there. It is a make-up date from a prior rainout. So is the following race on Sept 6, 2003. The gates will open for us at 8 AM and be sure and get there early (before 8 if possible) as both dates will feature other races and the track may sell out for. Visit http://www.racewaypark.com to view the schedule.

East Coast Supercharging 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 $426. Sheila Murchan received $213 while the other $213 was donated to the St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge. We thank Jaymie Shuleski for making the rounds to collect the money. The 50/50 will be held at each of the ECS 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 Blair, thanks the Corvette Challenge racers and their fans for supporting the Toys for Teens & Tots. To date we have donated $622 to the organization. Thank you for your continued support.

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