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2004 Champ, Rob Farley, Scores First 2005 win in Event 4

Englishtown, NJ, 06/11/05 - The East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Romar Fabrication and The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout presented by Neverlift Racecraft was back in action today. Attendance was lighter than the previous events but that did not stop the racers from giving us some exciting races in both, bracket and heads-up classes.

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 2 wrap-up.

runnerup Bob Trieschmann unner-up John Trescott, Bob Trieschmann, Winner John Hadyniak Winner Rob Farley
Runner-up Bob Trieschmann Frank Schear, Winner Rob Farley and Runner-up Bob Trieschmann, Winner Rob Farley

2001 Corvette Challenge Champion Bob Trieschmann had not made a final round since August 2002. With his choice of Corvettes being the 2004 Anniversary Coupe, Trieschmann, who also is a series sponsor under Simple Man Racing, was surely happy to be back in the final. His trip to the final included some tough competition. Round 1 found Trieschmann paired with Frank Fiori. Trieschmann put a .06 package (.045 RT, 14.041 on 12.02 dial) against Fiori who broke out trying to catch him. His .045 light got him an 8th seed on the ladder and a race against David Sanders for Round 2. Unfortunately for Sanders, he was not able to make the call due to an unfortunate accident in the staging lanes involving a fellow club racer so Trieschmann got the win on a bye. Trieschmann took the test run and ran 14.006 on the 14.02 dial. Round three Trieschmann and his opponent, Tony Buonassisi cut almost identical lights so the top end play would decide the winner. Trieschmann was closer to the dial and took the stripe with a 14.084 to Buonassisi's 13.514 on 12.40 dial. In Round 4, the Bob T.'s 8th seed earned him a bye into the semi-final. He took that bye run and ran 14.110. This set up a semi-final, Round 5, matchu-up against 2002 Champion, Ralph Savarese. Savarese was mowing the tree down all day and cut a better RT against Bob T. Neither driver, however, was able to run their number as each had a bit of trouble hooking their Corvettes. Both these drivers can work the top end with finesse and Trieschmann got the better of them today and took the stripe by .0179 and was on the way to the final.
2005 Event 4 Ladder

Rob Farley's absence from a final was not as long as Trieschmann's. Farley's last final was Event 1 of this year. Round 1, victim number 1, was Troy Nikola. Farley cut a fairly conservative light giving Nikola opportunity but Nikola's light was even more conservative, better known as a nap at the tree, and Farley was able to take the win as Troy broke out trying to catch him. Round 2 put Farley against Ed Mowton. As bad luck would have it for Mowton, he went red against the defending champ, Farley. Round 3, was a rematch of the first round of the previous race against John Hadyniak. This time the result was different as Farley cut a better light and Hadyniak broke out catching him. Hadyniak got the stripe by .0084 but Farley got the win by that much due to the breakout. Round 4 Farley gets paired with the other half of the Nikola family, Kyle. Kyle did his best to avenge his brother's defeat at the hands of Farley by treeing him with a .031 to .051 light. Kyle ran a great package running just .056 over his dial of 13.34 but Farley was even tighter being just .024 over his 13.76 dial. Farley got the stripe and win with by .0158. Round 5 and the semi-final and Farley matches up against Andy Kenopensky. Farley got the advantage on the tree and was easily able to get the win when Kenopensky could not run the number dialed running nearly half a second over his dial setting the final of the former champions.

The Final Round is nothing new for Trieschmann or Farley. At 14.18, Trieschmann would leave first and with his event best .026 RT he would make it tough for Farley. Farley dialed down a little to 13.75 and cut a very good light at .055. Trieschmann carried a nice lead to the finish line and while I was not there to see it, but I can only imagine he was treated to the "Farley Slide" as Farley's 13.835 and 97.70 MPH indicate he was on the brakes as Trieschmann took the stripe. The "Slide" worked for Farley as Trieschmann was just under his dial with a 14.155 ET. The Event win moves Farley into a points tie with John Hadyniak for second place behind points leader, Chris Young, who went a few rounds to maintain his lead....this time in his own car!

From the Drivers Seat

Rob Farley said "I have to say that it was a hot day and the weather man predicted a hot and humid day. As the weather was like this all week and many racers came out to support this series. There where many puddles in the staging lanes from everyone sweating. Bob T. was on his game. He was drilling the tree and running the number. I told Bob before we ran the final race "Be safe and hit the tree hard - I want a fair and good race" Well needless to say he listened to me and hit the tree hard. He dialed a 14.18 and went a 14.155. His R/T was .026. I dialed 13.75 and went 13.835 w/ a R/T of .055. I saw Bob cross the finish line ahead of me. I tapped the brakes just before the stripe to prevent me from breaking out since I did not see the yellow amber come on in his lane that is on the wall. The MOV was .1108, Bob crossed the stripe .1398 before me. Bob never looked back thinking that I had something up my sleeve to either catch in at the line or to give him the up close and personal look at the Farley slide. All the drivers racing did one heck of a job racing with the heat and humid weather. "

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CCDV Builds on Lead in the 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 63 to 18 point lead now. Three CCA1 members made it to the second round in this race but forfeited their rounds as one of their team members was hurt in an accident in the staging lanes. Ronald Whittaker will recover from the injuries suffered when he was caught between cars as a car lurched forward and hopes to make the next race. CCDV earned a 7 point bonus as a result of Rob Farley's event win. In addition, they received 9 points from 9 drivers in attendance. CCA1 only had three drivers present and scored 2 bonus points as all three drivers made it to the second round be did not return for it. 2005 Club Challenge Standings.

Neil Vernarelli Holds the 2005 Silly Goose Racing Stables Rookie of the Year Race

The top three rookie contenders all went out in the first round. Neil Vernarelli, Doug Bereczki and Ken Gallassio all hold the same positions as last race with Neil in the lead and Doug and Ken one point behind. However, now it is a three-way virtual tie as Kyle Nikola joins them with 4 point performance today. 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 Rob Farley went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a tee shirt from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Bob Trieschmann went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Ralph Savarese and Andy Kenopensky who won $75 cash.
  • Bob Hollingshead 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. Bob Hollingshead was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .012.
  • Louis Calicchia won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Louis Calicchia's light was -0.003 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.
  • James Kovitch won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .007 off his dial. James Kovitch was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsTroy Nikola won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0356. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Troy Nikola 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 65 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 July 09, 2005 at 9 AM. 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 $230. John Panuzzo won the 50/50 and earned $115. 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 $115, 216 and $109 for a total of $440 to the organization for 2005. Thank you for your continued support.

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