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John Hadyniak Breaks Through with the Win in Event 3

Englishtown, NJ, 05/07/05 - It seemed like the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Romar Fabrication and The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout presented by Neverlift Racecraft would never get to race again. After two rainouts and forecast of a May Nor’easter on Friday night into Saturday, the outlook was dismal. On Friday night drivers who had a long haul for the race, were settling in for the rainout.....that never came. That is right; we finally got to race again. The morning was gray and the streets were drying and so was the track. The weather kept many away and some of our drivers got as many as 7 time trials with the low turn out. Though low, it was a respectable showing of 59 Corvettes who came out to race either brackets, heads-up or both (run by three drivers).

This article covers the Bracket racing activities from today. To view The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout presented by Neverlift Racecraft race warp-up, visit Pro 8 Shootout Race 1 wrap-up.

Evan Mitchell (Mike's son), unner-up John Trescott, Bob Trieschmann, Winner John Hadyniak Winner John Hadyniak
Evan Mitchell (Mike's son), "Low ETS Wrecking Crew: Runner-up John Trescott, Bob Trieschmann, Winner John Hadyniak Winner John Hadyniak

We start today's report by highlighting that we had a perfect package in a first round matchup. Unfortunately it was split between the two competitors. Frank Fiori, launched his 79 Corvette to a perfect .000 light. His opponent, Ron Leader, drove his 11.69 dialed '03 Z to a perfect, and true dead on, 11.690. Who won you ask? Well Fiori unfortunately missed a shift and was .135 off his 12.96 dial. Leader took the stripe and the win by .017. Good job on part of both drivers.

John Hadyniak is the driver of one of the nicest Corvettes in our series. His 1973 406 cubic inch motor Corvette stands out form the rest with its red white and blue star spangled paint scheme. Hadyniak, who finished 7th in points in 2004, had an event win escape him until today. His day did not start easy as he faced defending 2004 Champion Rob Farley. Farley left with a .066 light on 13.50 dial to Hadyniak's .052 on 11.69 dial. Not sure which driver was more surprised when the win light came up as Hadyniak had made a big move taking out the champ and Farley broke out by a considerable margin running under by roughly a tenth of a second.

Round 2 vs. Jason Anderson and his C5, Hadyniak bettered Anderson's light by a tenth and rode it to a win although he broke out on the 11.69 dial running 11.635. Anderson broke out worse running under by .123. Round 3 put the C3 against the C6 owned by Ken Gallassio, a series rookie. Gallassio hit the tree like no rookie however, taking the advantage at the line by nearly a tenth but broke out trying to stay in front of the hard charging Hadyniak. Hadyniak ran dead on with a .006 on his 11.66 dial. Round 4 Hadyniak faced the C4 of Bob Sebrowski. This one was almost heads up with Sebrowski leaving first on an 11.86 dial to Hadyniak's 11.66. In a theme that was evident today, both drivers broke out. For Sebrowski, it was 11.802. on 11.85 as Hadyniak with the smaller breakout 11.649 on 11.66 dial, got the win. Round 5 and the semi final round, we find the C3 against the C1 driven by Neil Vernarelli. Vernarelli took a decent reaction time advantage to the finish line as Hadyniak chased. He never did catch him though he did not have to because Vernarelli crossed the stripe with the family 57 Corvette, you guessed, on a breakout two hundredths quicker than his 13.40 dial. Hadyniak broke out as well but only by .007 and it was good enough for his first final round appearance in the ECS CC.
2005 Event 3 Ladder

On the other side of the ladder, John Trescott was making strides in his 2004 Corvette. He started out in Round 1 facing 2001 Champion, Bob Trieschmann. The drivers cut similar lights and the race was side by side all the way up as the dials were close too. At the top end, Trescott got the win running 13.152 on 13.07 dial. Round 2 Trescott took on Danny Rotondo in the Pewter C5. Trescott gave up the tree advantage to Rotondo and ran 13.127 on 13.10 dial. Rotondo ran over on his dial 13.257 and Trescott got the win with the tighter package. Round 3 Trescott faced another ex-champion from 2002, Ralph Savarese. Trescott was ready and cut a .035 light and Savarese, dialed 11.33, must have felt it, because he lit the ugly red, -.008 and handed Trescott the win. Round 4 it was the Torch Red C5 battle against Joe Signore. The drivers cut identical lights so it would be the closer dialer to get the win. Signore and Trescott both broke out, with Trescott getting the better breakout, running 13.114, on 13.12 dial to Signore's 13.367 on 13.50 dial. On to the semi-final Round 5 and Trescott was one driver away from his second ECS CC final and first in the C5. Trescott was the runner up in Event 7 of 2001. Who stood in his way? Ralph Savarese...no wait that is not Ralph Savarese! It is Chris Young in Savarese's C4. Mr. Points leader, Chris Young that is. For the second race in a row, Young had to resolve to a loaner and was handling the car well enough to make the semi. Trescott cut a .065 and Young suffered the same fate in the same car as Savarese did...he went red. Young left -.005 giving the win to Trescott and on he went.

In the final Trescott would leave first on 13.20 dial and cut a .047 to put himself in position for a win. Hadyniak, dialed 11.64 would shortly be on the chase. He left and chased and could not catch Trescott due partly to Trescott's light but also due to Trescott quicker than dialed breakout of 13.189. Trescott got the strip but Hadyniak got his first win in his first final. Congratulations to both drivers.

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Breakout Performances by Drivers

Breakouts were the call for the day today. Every race from the quarter finals on was decided by breakout. While not official, this is the first time I recall this happening. And why did this happen? Because the Density Altitude was close to zero most of the day. It was fall weather out there and many drivers enjoyed the extra time runs and new personal bests.

Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 10 11 12 13 14 15 Total
# 1 10 19 18 2 1 51
% 1.96% 19.61% 37.25% 35.29% 3.92% 1.96% 100%

CCDV Dominating Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup Competition

Corvette Challenge sponsor, The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley, continued dominance over The County Corvette Association, (CCA1). CCDV drivers hold a 47 to 15 point lead now and Al Conner needs to start getting some more recruits to the event for CCA1 to help close this gap. CCDV earned a 3 point bonus as Joel Fellman and Laura Black, scored highest for their team today. In addition, they received 9 pts from 9 drivers in attendance. CCA1 only had two drivers present and scored only 1 bonus point as both drivers went out first round. 2005 Club Challenge Standings.

Neil Vernarelli takes the lead in the 2005 Silly Goose Racing Stables Rookie of the Year Race

Neil Vernarelli took over the Rookie points lead with his 5 point performance. Doug Bereczki, who came into the race in the Rookie lead, scored 2 points and holds a tie for second with Ken Gallassio who had a 3 point performance to force the tie. The rookie of the year battle promises to be a close one this season so keep a close watch. Rookie Points Standings click here

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner John Hadyniak went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up John Trescott went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Chris Young and Neil Vernarelli who won $70 cash.
  • Neil Vernarelli won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy and $50 cash was presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Neil Vernarelli was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .015.
  • Tom Anderson won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Tom Anderson's light was -0.012 and was rewarded a trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park recognizing the effort put forth to try and capture a perfect light but just slightly red.
  • Ron Leader won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .000 off his dial. Ron Leader was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsBob Trieschmann won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0060. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Bob Trieschmann 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 59 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

The next race will be on June 11, 2005 at 9 AM. It is not only the 2nd Event for the ECS Corvette Challenge bracket series but also the first The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout presented by Neverlift Racecraft heads-up series. The Pro 8 is open to all Corvette Challenge participants that are signed up for points. If you wish to participate, you can sign up for points at the track anytime before the event. Visit the Drag Schedule at 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 $216. Tony Buonassisi won the 50/50 and donated his winnings of $108 back to the organization. The Corvette Challenge donated the other half to St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge. To date we have donated $216 and $109 for a total of $325 to the organization for 2005. Thank you for your continued support.

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